vegan carrot halwa (with almond milk) | vegan carrot pudding

Vegan carrot halwa recipe With step by step photos. This vegan carrot halwa is a classic Indian carrot pudding made with grated carrots, almond milk, sugar and dry fruits.

This carrot pudding is one of the most popular desserts made in India during winters. It is made on almost all festive occasions like Diwali, Holi, Janmashtami and so on. It is an evergreen Indian dessert made all over India.

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gajar halwa, carrot halwa

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 recipe is exactly the way I make halwa with milk.

The proportion of sugar and oil can always be adjusted in any halwa. So if you like more sweeter version, add more sugar and if you like a little more grease, then add some more oil.

Personally for me this vegan gajar halwa made with almond milk tasted similar to the regular Classic Carrot Halwa. Even the family could not make out the difference.

How to make vegan carrot halwa with almond milk

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 and sugar.

making vegan 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 have almost dried, add raisins, cashews, saffron and almond paste.

dry fruits to make vegan carrot halwa

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

Vegan Carrot Halwa, Vegan Carrot Pudding
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Vegan Carrot Halwa (With Almond Milk)

4.88 from 8 votes
This vegan carrot halwa is a classic Indian pudding made with grated carrots, almond milk, sugar and dry fruits.
vegan carrot halwa recipe, gajar halwa recipe
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
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • 2.5 cups grated carrots
  • 2.5 cups almond 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
  • 8 to 10 unsalted whole or chopped cashews
  • 7 to 8 unsalted pistachois - sliced or chopped
  • 12 to 15 golden raisins
  • a pinch of saffron - optional
  • 2 to 2.5 tablespoons neutral flavored oil or sunflower oil


  • Wash, peel and grate the carrots.
  • Mix the almond 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.
  • 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 vegan carrot halwa hot or warm.
  • It can be also refrigerated and served cold. This vegan carrot halwa stays good in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Carrot Halwa (With Almond Milk)
Amount Per Serving (4 g)
Calories 0
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste 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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57 comments/reviews

  1. thnkz for the recipes

    • welcome eline

  2. Have you ever tried this dish with coconut milk?5 stars

    • 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.

  3. so nice thank you

    • welcome.

  4. Yummy

  5. 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.

    • when the halwa has almost got cooked or done, then add the khoya. saute for a couple of minutes.

  6. 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.

    • thanks shraddha. for 2 kg you will need about 2 to 2.5 litres milk and for 3 kg you can use 3 to 3.5 litres of milk.

  7. 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

    • surely try lavanya and pleased to know this 🙂 do let us know how the school food feet was?

  8. I did it n really its so yummy. 🙂

    • thanks swapna

  9. it’s is easy to make,,,,,,,,,and quick,,,,,,sooo tastyyyyyyyy..

    • thanks nandhini

  10. it was really very tasty when my mom did this following these methods

    • thanks vishnu for sharing positive feedback.

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

    • welcome safiyya. good to know this.

  12. Its best only whn my mom mskes it .

    • jibi, mom food is always best. for a change, why don’t u try the recipe and let your mother relish the delicious halwa.

  13. It is very nice ….so easy & quick way to make recipes in a step wise manner.I even tried palak paneer recently….which was very very tasty.
    Thank you5 stars

    • welcome pranitha.

  14. i like thish way to prepare easily.thank you…

    • welcome saranya

  15. Can it be made without using almond paste/khoya

    • yes.

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

    • yes you can.

  17. 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

    • thanks dhanya. almond powder also works very well instead of paste and many vegan recipes use them as a substitute for khoya. even with orange carrots, carrot halwa tastes good.

      • Is almond powder the same as almond flour? Thank you for the vegan option – I am making this recipe today!

        • i think both are same. welcome.

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

    • thanks sindhuja

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

    • 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.

  20. 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.

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

    • thanks aarifah

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

    • thanks vatsal for the positive feedback on recipes.

  23. 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 microwave

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

  24. 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

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

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

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

  26. 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.

  27. glad to have you back 🙂

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

    • the gajar halwa was delicious pooja. do try.

  29. 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!

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

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