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gajar halwa 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
carrot halwa - a classic indian dessert made with grated carrots and milk.
RECIPE TYPE: dessert
CUISINE: indian
SERVES: 4 medium dessert bowls
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 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.

{ 44 Responses }

  1. safiyya says

    I tried this recipe for the first time and it came out perfect… just delicious. .. Thank you soo much for sharing☺

  2. pranitha says

    It is very nice ….so easy & quick way to make recipes in a step wise manner.I even tried palak panner recently….which was very very tasty.
    Thank you

  3. ayesha says

    Hi i dont have almond powder or paste can i use dry milk??? My carrots and milk is on stov so cnt bring now:(

  4. Dhanya says

    Hi, I made the halwa and it was very delicious. My hubby loved it!! I made a small variation, used almond powder (which is easily available in German supermarkets) instead of almond paste. It tasted almost like halwa with khoya. Have made halwa before, but with red carrots which are readily available in Mumbai in winters. Tried for the first time with orrange carrots, thanks to your blog!!

    • says

      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.

  5. Xine says

    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.

  6. Aarifah says

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

  7. Vatsal says

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

  8. says

    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

  9. Usha says

    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

  10. neha says

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

  11. says

    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.

  12. says

    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!