Friday, January 20, 2012

Gajar Halwa

Gajar ka Halwa is a very popular Indian sweet dish and is especially made during winters when red carrots are available in abundance. This dish is a bit time consuming and also contains high amounts of sugar. However, you can adjust the quantity of sugar as per your preference. The method shared below is very traditional and gives the best outcome. However, you can also try some alternate methods.

Ingredients :

4 cups grated red carrots (approx. 1 kg)
2 - 2 & 1/2 cups boiled full fat milk
250 gms mava (Khoa-milk thickened by heating in an open iron pan)
3 tbspns Ghee + 1 tspn ghee
1 & 1/2 cup Sugar (or as per taste)
1 tspn Cardamom powder
15-18 Saffron strands (soaked in milk) 
1/4 cup almonds (blanched in hot water and cut vertically)
3 tbspns raisins (soaked in water)

Method :

Take 3 tbspns ghee in a large pan and heat it. Once it melts, then add grated carrots to it. Saute the grated carrots in ghee for about 2-3 minutes. Then add boiled full fat milk into it. Turn the flame to low and keep stirring the mixture at regular intervals. 

Simultaneously  heat 1 tspn ghee in another pan and add khoa to it. Saute it in ghee on low flame, till it slightly changes its colour. Set it aside to add it in Gajar Halwa.

Once the milk is absorbed in carrot, add cooked khoa into the mixture and mix it. Then add Sugar to the mixture. Stir the mixture and further cook it till the sugar is melted and absorbed in the carrots.

Lastly add cardamom powder, Saffron strands, blanched and chopped almonds and soaked raisins. Mix it in the halwa. Garnish with dry fruits of your choice. Serve it either hot or cold. It tastes equally good.

Notes :

The above quantity yields for approximately 4 people
Time taken is approximately an hour and half on low flame
I have used Saffron Syrup instead of Saffron strands
You may substitute milk and khoa with condensed milk 

Stepwise Pictures :

Sending this entry to Kavi's Kid's Delight : Something Sweet Event,  Anzz's Valentines-special event, Teena Mary's Valentine's Day Event and Vardhini's event  Sweet Luv.


  1. Lovely step by step recipe. The bowl of halwa looks so scrumptious and delightful.

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  2. wonderfully prepared.. mawa has added a wonderful rich texture to the halwa..

  3. Wow...very delicious carrot halwa,didn't tried this way with the addition of khoya, process makes me tempting pictures !!

  4. Perfectly done!!!very delicious and tempting gajar halwa...beautiful clicks..great job!!

    I made halwa the same way..but mine is still in draft :)

  5. Mast color aala aahe gajar halwyala. Mi tumchya blog var Marathit comment post kela tar chalel na.
    Khavya mule khup richness aala aahe and I miss the saffron syrup in bottle.
    Love Ash.

    1. Thanks Ash.. Khup chaan watala marathi comment pahun.

  6. Omg, just drooling over here,irresisitble halwa.

  7. yummy all time favourate
    steo by step recipe is super

  8. Gajar halwa looks YUM !! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your wonderful comments !! glad to follow u :)

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  9. Mouthwatering here by looking at this delicious halwa.

  10. awesome recipe......luks so delicious

  11. Thank you everyone for your lovely comments..

  12. Mmmm...That bowl of Gajar Halwa looks so delicious. One of my favorite desserts.

  13. wow! very nice halwa! very nice blog too! quite take time to participate in my events..

  14. I'm in awe! Not only is Gajar Halwa my favorite, but the step-wise pics make it look so simple! Thanks so much for linking your dish to Kid's Delight - Something Sweet. Would love to have more entries from you :)
    Kavi (Edible Entertainment)

  15. Yummy, love this gajar ka halwa.

  16. Gajar Halwa is one of my fave dessert, especially when teamed with some ice cream. Loved the color of your dish. Looks lovely. Thanx for linking it to my event..!

    My event- Valentines Day Special

  17. gr8....lovely colour of Gajar halwa...adding mava makes halwa more delicous...looking prefect...

  18. Thx a lot for sending this to my ''Valentine's Day Event''....Looks yummilicious & gr8 clicks too!! So glad to follow your awesome blog!

  19. this is a lil different from how i make, i love that addition of khoya / maava... im sure it made the dish very rich & delecious... looks awesome. even i like it hot with a scoop of icecream :)

  20. Tempting and I recently made this without khoa though. Thx for linking to the event.

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