Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Gajar ka Halwa or Carrot Halwa

Gajar ka halwa is a traditional Indian sweet dish. Gajar ka halwa or carrot halwa is prepare by cooking fresh grated carrots in ghee and milk with the addition of khoya and sugar. Gajar ka halwa tastes the best when it is cooked by mom. I remember in my childhood every winter we used have gajar ka halwa quite often. Even in my college days when I used to come home, my mother used to prepare this dish especially for me.

Now following my mother's tradition, I prepare gajar ka halwa at least once during Winter months. I was craving for gajar ka halwa recently, especially looking at all the food posts in different social media. I could have it in a restaurant but frankly speaking my taste buds do not satiate with them. I feel they cook grated carrots in sugar syrup instead of milk (cost cutting idea I guess๐Ÿ˜†) and later sprinkle grated khoya on top which is quite awful.

So I prefer preparing my own version at home. As it takes a bit time (grating, slow cooking) and also loaded with calories, I try to cook at least once to balance by taste buds as well as my weighing scale. Here I am answering few questions which will help a novice while cooking gajar a halwa.

Which types of carrots should be used for gajar ka halwa recipe?

Normally, fresh red juicy carrots which are available during Winter months are the best to prepare gajar ka halwa as they are sweet in nature. However, you can prepare carrot halwa using regular orange carrots. This time I have used orange carrots as I got them in nearby market.

How to make gajar ka halwa using condensed milk (Milkmaid)?

Many people use condensed milk in gajar ka halwa preparation. The recipe of carrot halwa I have shared does not contain condensed milk. However, if you want to use condensed milk, you have to reduce the quality of milk, khoya and sugar to balance the taste. Use of milkmaid reduces the cooking time of the halwa.

Can I store gajar ka halwa?

Yes you can store gajar ka halwa or carrot halwa in refrigerator in an airtight container for 10 to 12 days. You can take out the required portion in a microwave safe bowl and microwave it for few seconds before consuming it and keep the remaining portion in the refrigerator to consume later.

How can I serve gajar ka halwa?

 Gajar ka halwa is served at the end of the meal as a dessert. Some prefer to have it as  warm and some prefer chilled. It is also served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

Here I have shared my version of gajar ka halwa learnt from my mother. Grating the carrots is the most difficult part of this recipe ๐Ÿ˜€. Have little patience and grate the carrots. You can do this task on previous day and once the grated carrot leaves water, squeeze them and keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator to use on the next day. If you see the ingredient list I have used a good quantity of milk as I like my gajar ka halwa to be prepared under low flame as slow cooking of this dish gives an excellent taste. I know slow cooking increases the cook time however it enhances the taste too. It just gives melt in mouth silky smooth gajar ka halwa.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 2 hours (Approximately)
Servings: 10

Gajar Ka Halwa /Carrot Halwa


Carrot - 1/2 kg (500 gm)
Milk - 750 ml 
Khoya/Mawa- 50 gms, grated
Sugar - 2/3 cup (adjust as per your taste bud)

Raisins - 8-10
Cashew nuts - 8-10
Ghee - 2 to 3 tablespoon


1. Peel the carrots and grate them. Leave the grated carrot for 30 minutes. 

2. Dry roast the cashew nuts in ghee and keep them aside. If you want can also add almonds. 

3. Now heat ghee in a wok and add the grated carrots. Fry them for 5-8 minutes and put the cardamom powder. 

4. Then add the milk and cook under slow flame until the milk evaporates. 

5. Now add the khoya (grated) and sugar. Allow it to mix them properly stirring it continuously. 

6. Switch off the gas before it dries up completely. Add the raisins and roasted cashew nuts. Serve it either hot or cool.


  1. Yummy, my all times favorite halwa.

    today's post:

  2. my all time favorite,looks yummy !

  3. Few ingredients yet the outcome is tempting me so much. Carrot halwa will always be my fav.

  4. My all time favorite! Hi I have a event + giveaway on my blog this month do take a look

  5. wow i just love gajar ka halwa the most popular sweet dessert in Mumbai.. thank you for sharing this lovely post.

  6. Wow! I will try this for my kids. Thanks for sharing mouth watering recipes. Looking forward to try your recipes. You can add one more healthy and delectable Konkani fish curry recipe to your list.

  7. I always want to this carrot halwa, now have really no excuse :-) What is Khoya/Mawa in English?

  8. wow, this looks so tempting n of my favorites !!


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