vegan carrot halwa recipe | vegan carrot pudding | vegan halwa recipe

vegan carrot halwa recipe with step by step photos – carrot halwa or carrot pudding is one of the most popular dessert made in india during winters. carrot halwa is made in almost all festive occasions like diwali, holi, janmashtami and so on.

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

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.

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in this vegan carrot halwa recipe, almond milk is used to make the halwa. the method of making this vegan carrot halwa is exactly the way i make halwa with milk.

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 with almond milk was tastes similar to the regular carrot halwa. even the family could not make out the difference.

few more vegan desserts you may like are:

vegan carrot halwa

4.75 from 4 votes
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:40 mins
Total Time:55 mins
Servings (change the number to scale):4 medium dessert bowls
vegan carrot halwa recipe, gajar halwa recipe
vegan carrot pudding recipe - a classic indian pudding made with grated carrots and milk.

INGREDIENTS FOR vegan carrot halwa

(1 CUP = 250 ML)
  • 2.5 cups grated carrots or gajar
  • 2.5 cups almond milk (badam milk)
  • 8 tablespoons regular sugar or organic unrefined cane sugar - add more or less as required
  • ¼ or ⅓ cup almond paste (optional)
  • 5 to 6 green cardamom - powdered or crushed (hari elaichi)
  • 8 to 10 unsalted whole or chopped cashews (kaju)
  • 7 to 8 unsalted pistachois - sliced or chopped (pista)
  • 12 to 15 golden raisins (kishmish)
  • a pinch of saffron (kesar) - optional
  • 2 to 2.5 tablespoons neutral flavored oil or ghee sunflower oil

HOW TO MAKE vegan carrot halwa

  • wash, peel and grate the carrots (gajar).
  • mix the almond milk or regular dairy milk and grated carrot together in a pan.
  • keep on fire and allow the mixture to simmer.
  • continue to simmer and cook stirring in between.
  • after 15-20 minutes add cardamom powder and stir.
  • when the mixture has started thickening, add sugar & oil/ghee.
  • stir and continue to cook.
  • when the mixture has almost dried, add the almond paste and dry fruits.
  • stir and cook further for 2-3 minutes. serve carrot halwa hot or warm.
  • the carrot halwa can be also refrigerated and served cold.
  • this vegan carrot halwa stays good in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.


  1. instead of almond paste, you can also use mawa (dried evaporated milk solids or khoya)
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how to make vegan carrot halwa recipe

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

grate carrots for carrot halwa recipe

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

mix milk and carrots for carrot halwa recipe

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 a wok to make the halwa.

boiling carrots for carrot halwa recipe

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 for carrot halwa recipe

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

cardamom to make carrot halwa recipe

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

making carrot halwa recipe

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

cooking the carrot halwa recipe

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

dry fruits to make carrot halwa recipe

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 this vegan carrot halwa stays good for 3-4 days.

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namaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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61 comments/reviews

  1. Hi, how is it vegan if you use ghee and khoya.. Any substitutes u can offer (vegan butter etc). Would you also have any dishes in your blog that are vegan and gluten free? Thanks so much.

    • Bonnie, i have not tried making carrot halwa with coconut milk. but i think it should work with coconut milk also. one has to use thin coconut milk while trying.

  2. How to make almond paste?

    Is almond milk compulsory for good taste ?? or diary milk is also good? ?

  3. When we need to add the a khova at the time of preparing carrot halwa.

    Please explain it.

    I tried yesterday but unforunately i missed something in that and that halwa was no that much good.2 stars

  4. I tried this milk halwa recipe today it was delicious. Will you please tell me how much milk will be required for 2 kg of carrots and 3kg carrots.

  5. I tried this recipe and it was yummy. I’m going to cook this for my daughter’s school food feet.thank you so much for sharing4 stars

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

  7. 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 you3 stars

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

  9. 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!!5 stars

    • 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Awesome I’m not a cook n tried it and came out just perfect my hubby loved it very much thnx Dashana5 stars

  12. 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

  13. 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

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

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

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