Gajar Halwa- Carrot Halwa Recipe

I finally announce the arrival of winters( it’s -6° C  over here right now); with this amazing gajar halwa recipe. It is also known as gajrela and is an East Indian carrot pudding made with freshly grated carrots, milk and is flavored with cardamom powder. This easy gajar halwa recipe is made with condensed milk.Gajar halwa

Gajar halwa is made on special occasions as well as on regular basis during the winter season.  Gajar halwa is also easily available in South-Asian restaurants and sweet shops over here. But homemade carrot halwa is always the best.  Homemade halwa is fresh and you can also control the amount of sugar you want to use for your recipe.

My home gets filled with the flavors of carrot whenever I make this halwa. As winter and fall is the time of fresh and juicy red carrots which are so appropriate for this dessert. But I cannot find that variety of carrots easily over here so I have used regular organic carrots for my carrot halwa recipe.carrot halwa

Organic carrots have been shown to contain fewer nitrates than conventionally grown carrots. So these are more suitable for babies. Also, they have a higher level of nutrients than their non-organic counterparts. That’s why if your recipe is calling for larger quantities of carrots, then go for organic carrots. There is not any huge difference in price if you go for seasonal produce. Also, these carrots taste better than conventionally grown carrots.Indian carrot halwa

As far as nutritional aspects to be concerned that totally depends on the method of cooking and amount of sugar and milk that you are using for this particular recipe. I prefer to cook my veggies covered to retain more nutrients. Also use a heavy bottomed pan for dessert recipes to prevent any sticking because of sugar.

For this easy gajar halwa recipe I have used condensed milk , so I haven’t added any sugar as condensed milk is already very sweet. This is also a quick recipe as it takes less time than using just regular milk. Add assorted nuts of your choice to this gajar halwa and serve it hot or chilled.Carrot Halwa Indian Style

If you are looking for a simple Indian halwa recipe then you can find it here sooji halwa.

Yields 10 servings

Gajar Halwa- Carrot Halwa Recipe

Easy recipe of carrot halwa made with freshly grated carrots and milk.

15 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs grated or shredded carrots
  • 150 ml sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter/ ghee
  • 2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 7-8 almonds (blanched/soaked and sliced)
  • 2 tbsp raisins

Instructions

  1. Take a heavy bottomed pan or skillet and heat unsalted butter/ ghee in it. Add grated carrots to the pan and saute till they get a little tender.
  2. Now add milk, raisins, almonds and condensed milk to the pan. Mix well and cover the pan and continue cooking on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally till it dries up.
  3. Taste and check the sweetness, if you want to add little sugar then add and mix. Let the sugar dissolve completely and then remove the pan from the heat.
  4. Garnish with assorted nut and serve halwa warm or chilled.
Cuisine: Indian | Recipe Type: Dessert
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