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Gajar ka Halwa

Gajar ka halwa or carrot halwa is one of the easiest recipes.Probably one of the most popular dessert.You can make it an evening, prior to the big day.Serve it hot on a cool winter morning.You can also pair it with some cold ice cream.You can use sugar to add sweetness or you can use jaggery as an healthier alternative.First of all,it is kid friendly and elders can have it too.Therefore immensely popular.Mostly,it is a regular dessert at most wedding menus.Hence,you will never find someone saying no to this delectable dessert.

We have made this recipe with the orange carrots.Traditional red carrots are not available outside India.Hence getting reddish color is a challenge.However,adding some beetroot did the trick.We could finally make the halwa as it should.Beets added to iron content as well.Win-Win!

Also, you may additionally add some khoya/mava or heavy cream.

However,you will need to adjust sugar accordingly.Therefore it may go up in calories too.

Another way of making it is adding some condensed milk along with normal milk. This cuts the time but adds the sugar.

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Gajar ka Halwa
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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Category: Dessert

Cuisine: North Indian

Gajar ka Halwa


  • 750 grams grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup small beetroot,boiled and grated (optional)
  • 1.5 liter full fat milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup ghee or clarified butter
  • 1/2 cup dry fruits(almonds,pistachio,cashews)
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder


  • Boil milk over low flame, once it has boiled,add grated carrots and let it simmer
  • Keep stirring and scraping from the bottom of the pan.
  • Once the milk is reduced by half,add grated beetroot (this is optional)
  • Add remaining ingredients except the ghee and let it cook on slow flame.
  • Once the milk has dried up, you can move to a pan (cast iron / Steel/ non-stick)
  • Add ghee, 1 tablespoon by 1 tablespoon, while cooking the halwa
  • It will be done once it starts coming together as homogeneous mixture.
  • Turn off the heat,garnish with more chopped dry fruits
  • Add milk,cover&cook on medium flame until the milk boils.
  • Add remaining dry ingredients & cook on low flame.
  • Add remaining ghee, cook on low flame until dry.
  • Transfer mix to a non stick pan,cook on low flame for 30 mins.
  • Garnish with dry fruits,serve warm with ice-cream.
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