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gajar ka halwa recipe - a traditional slow cooked recipe of making delicious carrot halwa with just carrots, milk, ghee, sugar and a few dry fruits.

4.46 from 88 votes
total time:
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carrot halwa recipe with step by step photos and video – a traditional way of making delicious gajar ka halwa without any shortcuts or tweaks. by the way, at home we call carrot halwa as gajrela.

gajar halwa recipe, carrot halwa recipe

during winters, we make gajar halwa often. its a popular dessert in north india during winters.

this traditional carrot halwa recipe uses just full fat milk, ghee and sugar to make the halwa. you don’t need khoya (evaporated milk) or condensed milk.

we generally use red delhi carrots to make the halwa as they are tender and juicy. here i used organic english carrots to make the halwa. after some days again, i made the halwa and this time used the red delhi carrots. you can use any carrots. but just make sure they are not fibrous and dense. you can even use the orange ooty carrots to make the carrot halwa.

tips for making carrot halwa

  1. to make gajar halwa, it is important to buy tender and juicy carrots so that they are easy to grate. some arm work is needed to make this halwa as you have to first grate the carrots and then slow cook them in stove top and keep on stirring them on regular intervals.
  2. you can grate the carrots manually or in a food processor. obviously the food processor makes grating the carrots easier.
  3. i suggest to use a heavy iron kadai to make the halwa. the carrot halwa is simmered and simmered and stirred often. so that it should not get burnt, a really good kadai makes the job easier. you can also use a non stick kadai or a thick bottomed pan.

you can store gajar halwa in fridge. it stays well for almost a week but will get over quickly. when serving, you can just warm the halwa and serve. you can even have the gajar halwa cold, if you prefer. some people like to have it cold or at room temperature and some people like to have carrot halwa warm. its just a personal preference. in some restaurants they top the carrot halwa with vanilla ice cream and believe me this combo taste good.

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gajar halwa recipe, carrot halwa recipe
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carrot halwa

gajar ka halwa recipe - a traditional slow cooked recipe of making delicious carrot halwa with just carrots, milk, ghee, sugar and a few dry fruits.
course desserts
cuisine north indian, punjabi
prep time 15 minutes
cook time 1 hour 45 minutes
total time 2 hours
servings 6
rough calories per serving 324 kcal
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 8 to 9 medium tender juicy carrots (gajar) - yields approx 4 to 4.5 cups grated carrots
  • 4 cups full fat organic milk
  • 4 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
  • 10 to 12 tablespoon regular sugar or organic unrefined cane sugar or as required
  • 20 to 25 whole cashews (kaju)
  • 5 to 6 green cardamom (chotti elaichi) - powdered finely in a mortar-pestle or about 1/3 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1 pinch saffron strands (kesar) - optional
  • handful of golden raisins (kishmish)

how to make carrot halwa

grating carrots

  1. first rinse, peel and then grate the carrots (8-9 medium sized tender juicy carrots), either with a hand held grater or in a food processor.

  2. you need approx 4 to 4.5 cups grated carrots.

making carrot halwa

  1. in a kadai or deep thick bottomed pan combine milk and grated carrots.
  2. on a low to medium flame, bring the whole mixture to a boil and then simmer.
  3. while the mixture is simmering on a low flame, keep on stirring in between.
  4. the grated carrots will cook in the milk and the milk will start to reduce and evaporate.
  5. when the milk has 75% reduced, add the ghee, sugar and powdered cardamom to the mixture.
  6. stir well and continue to simmer and cook on a low flame.
  7. do keep on stirring the gajar halwa in between.
  8. towards the end, add the cashews, crushed saffron and raisins and simmer carrot halwa till all the milk is evaporated. switch off the burner.

  9. serve gajar halwa hot, warm or you can also serve it cold.

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how to make carrot halwa

1. first rinse, peel and then grate the carrots (8-9 medium sized tender juicy carrots), either with a hand held grater or in a food processor.

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2. in a kadai, add all of the grated carrots.

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3. pour 4 cups full fat milk.

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4. stir the grated carrots and milk and keep the kadai on the stove top.

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5. cook this mixture on a low to medium flame. the milk will froth and start reducing slowly and slowly.

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6. keep on stirring this halwa mixture often. keep scraping the sides of the kadai to remove the evaporated milk solids. add the milk solids to the cooking mixture.

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7. the mixture should reduce by 75% and then you add 4 tbsp ghee/clarified butter. some milk will be there when you add the ghee.

making gajar halwa recipe, making carrot halwa recipe

8. next add 10-12 tbsp sugar or as required.

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9. add the cardamom powder (5 to 6 green cardamom or chotti elachi, powdered finely in a mortar-pestle or about ⅓ teaspoon cardamom powder).

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10. stir and continue to simmer on a low flame till the carrot halwa mixture starts to thicken and reduce more. stir at intervals.

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11. when the carrot halwa has reduced much and you see a little milk – like that of a pudding consistency. then add 20-25 whole cashews, a pinch of saffron strands and handful of golden raisins (kishmish).

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12. continue to stir and simmer till the whole halwa mixture becomes dry. the milk should evaporate completely and you will see fine milk solids in the carrot halwa. remember to scrape the milk solids stuck at the sides of the kadai or pan and add them to the gajar halwa. some moisture is also fine in the halwa. 

gajar halwa recipe, carrot halwa recipe

serve gajar ka halwa hot or warm.

gajar halwa recipe, carrot halwa recipe

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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having 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 trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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268 comments/reviews

  1. Woww i just made it.. Its awesome.. Thank you for giving such tasty recipe.. ❣️ 😘

    • thanks priti. welcome.

  2. Thank you Dassana. This is an extremely simple recipe for making an excellent market style gaajar ka Halwa.

    Also, I always refer to your website veg recipes of India whenever trying anything first time.

    • thanks neha for the review and feedback. glad to know and happy cooking.

  3. lovely post on gajar ka halwa

    • thanks ekta.

  4. I loved the recipe… Would like to know how many days we can refrigerate this?

    • thanks. stays good for about a week to 10 days.

  5. Can we add ghee at the end and cook it in ghee for few min?

    • yes you can do this way.

  6. I tried your recipe yesterday and it turned out so yummy and delicious…thank you so much

    • Welcome Mamta. Thanks for your positive comment on carrot halwa recipe.

  7. I tried this today and it turned out yummy !! As I don’t cook a lot, my husband doesn’t expect much from me. But I’m sure today he’ll be very much impressed 😊

    • Thanks Aishwarya. I hope your husband also likes it. Its a fool proof and tasty carrot halwa recipe. So don’t worry.

  8. This came out really well. Very authentic and tasty recipe.

    • Thanks Sharika

  9. Planning to try this recipe this weekend. Any reason why the cashew n raisins are not roasted in ghee before adding to the halwa?TIA.

    • Ashwini, In North Indian halwa recipes, generally the dry fruits are not fried or roasted in ghee in beginning. They are added once the halwa is almost ready and then just cooked for 1-2 minutes.

  10. I’m making the halwa now after trying it in a restaurant and I was wondering, when I grind the cardamom up, do I use only the seeds or the whole pod?

    • breanna, discard the husks and just use the seeds while grinding. i first add the whole green cardamom pods in the mortar. then crush them lightly. this loosens the outer husk. i remove the husk and either use them in tea or discard them. then powder the cardamom seeds.

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