Monday, February 6, 2012

Gajar ka Halwa

 My version

I know many people who hate Gajar ka Halwa, including me. Each time I'm given it in any party, I'll spoon out a little hoping it will be good, and then I am forced to keep it back.  Either its utterly oily or unbearably sweet or empowered with some disgusting essence. Recently, my cousin asked me for gajar ka halwa recipe to make some for my niece. So I decided to try it out and send her some. I know exactly why I hate gajar ka halwa, so I decided to experiment on my improvised version. Confession - this is the first time I ever made this dessert and the result I'll let you know at the end of this recipe.  

Ingredients :

Grated fresh carrots

4 cups


2 teaspoons

Almonds / Cashew/ Raisons

1 tablespoonful each


2 cups

Condensed milk

1/2 cup


1/2 cup

Cardamom powder

1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder

1 pinch

Preparation Method :

In a wok, heat the ghee. Roast the broken cashew nuts, chopped almonds and raisons until the raisins puff up and begin to brown slightly.

Add the grated carrots and sauté them until all its juice evaporates and the carrots begin to dry out.

Add the sugar and allow it to melt in on low flame and when it begins to caramelize pour in the milk.

Add the cardamom powder and turmeric powder and blend in well.

Once the milk begins to simmer, pour in the condensed milk.
Then on low heat allow the milk to completely evaporate occasionally stirring it. You know its ready when the milk has completely evaporated and the ghee begins to clear at the bottom of the pan.

Cool it completely. Garnish with some roasted nuts and raison.

Result :
Coincidentally a few of my cousins and their kids came home the very same day I made this halwa and when I served them with mine, they all said in the same voice, "Oops! no thanks I don't like Gajar ka halwa, I'll eat anything else but this." Since I tried it myself and was confident they'd like it, I convinced them and forced them to try. Well, and they tasted.. and they finished half of what I made and I had to move away the plate and save the other half for my niece who demanded gajar ja halwa. My husband and mom, who aint sweet lovers too kept digging into it.  Everyone who tasted said, "I've never tasted gajar ka halwa as good as this one" Trust me, it was indeed yummy! or else I wouldn't have posted this recipe on my blog.

Try it! I'm very confident you too will love this..


  1. This sounds really cool...I too,am a person who hates carrot halwa...I just dont turn to that side at all...But Laiji,after you being so confident about this,I will surely make it soon..and yup..will let you know!!!

    1. You and all those you serve it to, will surely love it! :) Let me know the results.. Do sign in and stay tuned for more...

  2. I made the halwa a few days ago. It was awesome and got rave reviews. Thank you so much!

  3. i love gajar halva. its one of my fav sweet dishes and i cant wait to try your recipe. Love the idea of roasting the nuts and caramalising the sugar... cant wait to try it. thanks for sharing the recipe.


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