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 .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 gajrela.
You can make it with or without nuts.
Indian carrot dessert never disappoints as it is rich in flavor and texture.
How to make orange gajar ka halwa?
Red carrots are available only in winter in India. Some people resort to using red color to get that richness. However, we didn't want to go that way. Having a young kid at home, we do not use colors. We always want to see on how to make things better. We have made this recipe with the orange carrots.
Traditional red carrots are not available in Australia. Hence, getting its deep red color is a challenge. However, adding some beetroot did the trick. Presenting, Indian carrot pudding with Aussie orange carrots. We could finally make the halva as it should. Deep rich red. Adding beets makes no difference to taste. In fact, it only adds to the nutrient value.
It increases the iron content as well natural sweetness. Win-Win!
Is Carrot halwa served hot or cold?
Primarily its served warm or hot as there are lot of milk solids in the halwa that are not edible if served cold. It can be served on its own or you can serve gajar ka halwa with ice cream.
Ways to make carrot halwa
You can make Gajar halwa with khoya /mawa.
You can also make it with milkmaid or condensed milk. 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.
You can also make it from lite milk though the texture is not so rich.
How to make carrot halwa with orange carrots?
- Heat ghee in a pan, cook grated carrots for few minutes.
2. Add grated beetroot to the carrots. (optional, only if you want bright red/orange color with the orange carrots)
3. Add milk and let it cook on slow/medium flame, let it come to a boil.
4. Once it starts boiling, let it cook on slow flame.
5. Continue to cook, allowing the milk to evaporate.
6. As the milk is reduced to ⅓ of original quantity, add sugar.
7. Add mawa (milk solids) and let it cook.Addition of mawa is optional.
8. Once the milk has evaporated, add ghee and let is cook until the ghee starts to ooze out.
Read the carrot pudding recipe below:
Gajar ka Halwa recipe with Khoya
- Heat 2 tbsp. ghee in a pan,cook grated carrots for few minutes.
- Add grated beetroot to the carrots
- Add milk,cardamom and let it cook on slow/medium flame,let it come to a boil.
- Once it starts boiling,let it cook on slow flame.
- Continue to cook,allowing the milk to evaporate
- As the milk is reduced to ⅓ of original quantity,add Sugar
- Add mawa(milk solids) and let it cook,add chopped nuts now.
- Once the milk has evaporated,add 2 tbsp. ghee and let is cook until the ghee starts to ooze out.
Gajrela or gajar ka halwa is a very simple recipe. You just need grated carrots,milk/milk solids(khoya/condensed milk) and some sugar & nuts.
You can just make it with full cream milk and carrots.However you will need more milk to cook the carrots and get that creamy texture.You can also make gajar ka halwa with milkmaid instead of khoya.
You can reduce the fat and the sugar content in the halwa. Cook the carrots in milk, you can also choose lite milk. Add sugar as per your taste. If you want to make carrot halwa with jaggery, you can add jaggery powder once all the milk has been absorbed.
Yes, in this recipe above, we have used orange carrots to the make the halwa. To get that deep red color, we have added boiled beetroot.
Different types of halwa recipes
There are many different types of halwa recipes in India. We make it from fruits, veggies, flour, semolina and even lentils.
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