carrot halwa recipe, how to make carrot halwa | gajar halwa recipe

by dassana amit updated March 13, 2014

gajar halwa, gajar halwa recipe, carrot halwa

gajar halwa or carrot halwa recipe - one of the most popular halwa recipes of india. gajar halwa is made in almost all festive occasions like diwali, holi, janmashtami and so on.

carrot halwa is a classic indian dessert that goes for any celebrative occasion or season. its an evergreen indian dessert made all over india.

there are four variations of making gajar halwa recipe including this one:
1. gajar halwa made with milk – although, this takes more time to prepare as compared to this condensed milk recipe. but i prefer this method more because taste wise it is the best.
2. carrot halwa made with sweetened condensed milk or milkmaid – easy and quicker method to make the halwa.
3. microwave carrot halwa recipe – a quick method to make gajar halwa in microwave.

gajar halwa and beetroot halwa holds special memories for me. these two sweets were mom’s favorites sweets and no matter how tired she was or the lack of time she had, she would make sure to make these two sweets always…. both together for festive and special occasions.

gajar halwa recipe

there are some indian sweets and desserts i have successfully veganized and shall be posting them one by one. this gajar ka halwa is one of the successfully veganized indian sweets… the first being seviyan (vermicelli) kheer).

what comes to my rescue in making indian sweets, is almond milk and paste whilst replacing milk and evaporated/khoya in indian sweets respectively.

the method of making this gajar halwa is exactly the way i make halwa with milk…. be it lauki ka halwa, beetroot halwa or gajar halwa.

its the same cooking technique to make carrot halwa recipe:

so if you are a vegan use almond milk and neutral flavored vegetable oil to make carrot halwa.
if you are a vegetarian use regular dairy milk and ghee to make carrot halwa.

the proportion of sugar and oil/ghee can always be adjusted in any halwa. so if you like a more sweeter version, add more sugar and if you like a little more grease, then add some more oil or ghee.

personally for me this vegan gajar halwa made in almond milk was tasting very much similar to the regular gajar halwa. even the family could not make out the difference.

i have taken step by step pics for this gajar halwa recipe post. since it was night time there is no daylight magic in the pics and hence look ok ok.

lets start step by step gajar halwa or carrot halwa recipe:

1: first is the tedious job of grating carrots. use a food processor for quick results.

grate carrots for gajar halwa recipe

2: mix the almond milk (or regular dairy milk) and carrots together in a pan or kadai/wok.

mix milk and carrots or gajar

3: put the pan on fire and bring the whole carrot – almond mixture to a gentle boil on a low or medium flame. better to cook on a low or medium flame as slow cooking gives a better taste and the mixture does not have less chances to stick to the pan. use a heavy based non reactive pan or a non stick pan or wok to make the halwa.

boiling carrots milk misture

4: then simmer and let the carrots-milk mixture cook further. this whole process of cooking the carrots in the milk, takes about 35-45 minutes or more on a low flame.  after 12 minutes this is how the mixture appears.

cooking carrots or gajar milk mixture

5: once the carrots are half cooked ie. after overall after 18 minutes add the cardamom powder & stir.

add cardamom to gajar halwa mixture

6: continue to stir in between. after 3-4 minutes, add the oil/ghee and sugar.

keep on stirring the carrot halwa

7: stir and let the mixture thicken. continue to cook.  after 5 minutes…

cooking the carrot halwa

8: when the liquids in the mixture has almost dried, add raisins, cashews, saffron and almond paste.

adding dry fruits to carrot halwa

9: stir and cook for 2-3 minutes till the moisture dries up. serve the carrot halwa hot or warm. you can have carrot halwa cold too. if stored in a refrigerator then carrot halwa stays good for 3-4 days.

gajar halwa or carrot halwa

if you are looking for more halwa recipes then do check lauki halwa, badam halwa, apple halwa, mango halwa, atte ka halwa and banana sheera.

gajar halwa or carrot halwa recipe below:

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gajar halwa or carrot halwa recipe
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carrot halwa – a classic indian dessert made with grated carrots and milk.
Recipe type: dessert
Cuisine: indian
Serves: 4 medium dessert bowls
  • 2 and ½ cups grated organic carrots or gajar
  • 2 and ½ cups almond milk or regular dairy milk
  • 8 tbsp organic unrefined cane sugar or regular sugar ( add more or less as required)
  • ¼ or ⅓ cup almond paste or evaporated milk/khoya (optional)
  • 5-6 cardamom, powdered or crushed
  • 8-10 unsalted whole or chopped cashews
  • 7-8 unsalted pistachois – sliced or chopped
  • 12-15 golden raisins
  • a pinch of saffron (optional)
  • 2 or 2/12 tbsp neutral flavored oil (sunflower oil) or ghee
  1. wash, peel and grate the carrots (gajar).
  2. mix the almond milk or regular dairy milk and grated carrot together in a pan.
  3. keep on fire and allow the mixture to simmer.
  4. continue to simmer and cook stirring in between.
  5. after 15-20 minutes add cardamom powder and stir.
  6. when the mixture has started thickening, add sugar & oil/ghee.
  7. stir and continue to cook.
  8. when the mixture has almost dried, add the almond paste and dry fruits.
  9. stir and cook further for 2-3 minutes.
  10. serve carrot halwa hot or warm.
  11. the carrot halwa can be also refrigerated and served cold.
  12. carrot halwa stays good in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4

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Sindhuja March 18, 2014 1

lets try to all people..really make a superb taste


dassana amit March 18, 2014 2

thanks sindhuja


Laila September 19, 2013 3

What is this almond paste in the recipe and where do I get it ?


dassana September 19, 2013 4

for the almond paste, grind some soaked and peeled almonds in little water in a grinder. the paste is made at home. you cannot get it outside.


Xine September 14, 2013 5

I just got done making this. Wow! An Indian friend turned me onto this. The whole family loves it. Thanks for the pics too. They really help.


Aarifah August 22, 2013 6

Awesome I’m not a cook n tried it and came out just perfect my hubby loved it very much thnx Dashana


dassana August 22, 2013 7

thanks aarifah


Vatsal July 3, 2013 8

I am a guy and use your recipes to try these things and they always come out great.


dassana July 3, 2013 9

thanks vatsal for the positive feedback on recipes.


4polinka June 28, 2013 10

Your recipes are so tempting to try, but in Italy gas is not cheap and I was wondering if you could make this halwa in icrowave


dassana July 1, 2013 11

4polinka, yes you can make this carrot halwa in microwave.


Usha February 28, 2013 12

I made it in home, its came out very very good than previous trials made by own….. Glad to see ur website….. Wish u all the success


dassana February 28, 2013 13

thanks usha for taking the time to comment and give your feedback.


neha February 17, 2013 14

gajar halwa is delicious receipe i made it like you. everybody liked it.
thank you for sending these type of receipes.


dassana February 17, 2013 15

thats nice neha. glad to know everyone liked the gajar halwa you made.


Radhika Vasanth February 17, 2013 16

I just had a bowl of warm Gajar ka halwa. Hope I had seen this earlier today and would have definitely tried this vegan version. I am so happy that I found your blog. Looking forward to catch up more stories and recipes from you.


nags February 17, 2013 17

glad to have you back :)


Pooja February 17, 2013 18

Looks delicious ! The almond paste and milk just adds to the richness. . Can’t wait to try!


dassana February 17, 2013 19

the gajar halwa was delicious pooja. do try.


Richa February 17, 2013 20

yay you are back up and running. i love this gajar halwa recipe.. i can imagine it tastes amazing as well. time to get hubbs to grate some carrot for me:))
Happy belated Valentines day Dassana!


Familycook February 16, 2013 21

The gajar ka halwa looks perfect! Almond paste and the milk are my favourite ingredients here:) I cant wait to try it out soon.


prathibha February 16, 2013 22

Gajar halwa looks delicious and I just loved the clicks,quite different from what you usually take