Gajar ka Halwa – Indian Carrot Pudding

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Talk of an Indian Dessert, something that pops in our mind is Gajar Ka Halwa. This is such a wonderful sweet , irrespective of diversity in Indian Culture ,it is quite  popular and commonly prepared in every household all over on festivals. I chose to prepare this dessert for this Diwali .
This sweet could be prepared in a variety of ways – the traditional way of cooking for long hours , Microwave Method ,With Condensed Milk , Pressure cook method and so on.
I present to you more or less a traditional way of preparing this Indian Carrot Pudding from my Diwali feast.

INGREDIENTS

Carrots: 1.2 Kg
Full Fat Milk: 1 l
Low fat double cream: 250 Ml
Sugar: 1.5 Cups
Fresh Ghee: 4-5 Tblspn
Crushed Cardamon: 4-5nos

For Garnishing

Handful of Cashewnuts
Handful of Almonds
Ghee for roasting.

DIRECTION

Preparation :
Wash , dry & peel Carrots & grate them on from the bigger side of the grater.
Soak Almonds in Hot water for nearly 2 hours and peel them.
Chop Almonds & Cashewnuts length wise ,fry them in ghee and keep it aside.

Method:
In a thick bottom non stick pan , add Grated carrot and Milk together and allow it to cook on low flame for nearly about 40-45 min with gentle stiring occasionally.
Once the milk begins to condense , add the double cream & sugar .
Allow it cook till the sugar has dissolved and all the milk, cream has been absorbed.Make sure to stir in between.
Add 4-5 tblspn of ghee & crushed cardamon (elachi) and stir for 2-3 minutes.
Remove the gajjar halwa from heat and arrange in a serving dish. Garnish with roasted almonds( Badam) & Cashewnuts.

Gajar ka halwa tastes good when served warm or cold. Many people love this delicacy with a scoop of Vanilla Icre cream.
This recipe should serve approximately 12 for dessert.

KITCHEN NOTES:
My mother would wait and buy the Red carrots for preparing this delicacy. Color of the halwa is just worth the wait.
I prefer to use fresh ghee by melting fresh butter for this preparation.
I love to add the almonds& cashewnuts in each cup before serving. This is to avoid soggyness and keep it fresh.
Gajar ka Halwa need not be stored in fridge. But in very warm places, it is advisable to store in the fridge.

Cheers

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Comments (27)

  • Wow………lovely halwa dear, looking delicious dear.

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  • Delicious halwa Sandhya…nice presentation ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Dear Sandhya
    very mice, I appreciate the addition of cream…must be very good…Timr to cook Hgajar ka halwa, winter is coming..I use just full cream milk, 1 Kg Gajar and 3 litres of milk and sugar, cardamom
    Thanks for sharing

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  • yummy halwa..I think this tastes best when it is made in this traditional way ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Dear Ushnish , I like your method too.. I have tried it that way too.. But then over a period of time , I liked the addition of Cream.. It jsut enhances the flavour.

    I totally agree with you Gulmohar. More than me , my H loves it the traditional way.. for its taste.
    Thanks Prasu & Gita ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • My all time favourite, looks rich and prefect for me Sandhya..

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  • Healthy and delicious pudding! And it sounds even better with cashew nuts!

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  • Hi Sandhya, you have a wonderful blog. Gajar Halwa is my favorite sweet esp. with vanilla ice cream. looks yummy!

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  • Great recipe Sandhya! I love gajjar ka halwa… especially when its warm with lots of vanilla ice cream. Yum yum yum!

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  • Delicious and yummyyyy.

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  • Totally agree with you , the most common desert made in most of India and I guess most of the times the first one learnt also ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Great Sandhya.. My first attempt was a total flop due to bland-tasting carrots..Never tried it over past one year.. Now it is time to follow ur recipe! Thanks for sharing it…

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  • lovely halwa! awesome color!

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  • yummy gajar ka halwa.

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  • Good recipe sandhya…i ll use cream next time when i do it…must have been really tasty…love this sweet dish any day…

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  • awesome carrot halwa.i make with condensed milk and full cream milk too.Adding cream is new to me.Love to have it vanila icecream.so tempting

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  • Freshly melting butter to make ghee prior to making any sweet makes it very delicious. I do that for all sweets. the alwa is droolworthy Sandhya!

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  • wow! that looks yummy!
    check out the oats series round up and i welcome u to join with us in the Variety Rice series going in my blog!

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  • wow! really yummy carrot halwa Sandhya! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Delicious halwa. seems a very nice sweet. Great click.

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  • Hi Sandhya, this is should be almost everyones favorite dessert. I love to have with a cup of vanilla ice cream. Instead of milk and sugar, i add sweetened condensed milk to quicken the process.

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  • Looks delicious.. Thanks for sharing.

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  • My favorite one, looks delicious.

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  • Gajar halwa is my favourite and this looks very delicious and yum!

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  • Hi Mythri.. I have made it with condensed milk too.. But my H prefers some sweets made in the elaborate way ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sure Srilekha.. Will love to join the rice event..

    Rohini… Gajar ka Halwa is one easy sweet… but just a little time consuming.. Let me know if you need any info.. and we can work it out

    Thank you gals….

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  • Carrot halwa looks really good,Want to taste

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  • I love the authenticity of this recipe, I like to do some recipes in the elaborate way too!!!

    the halwa looks fantastic !!!

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