Gajar ka Halwa / Carrot Halwa

Its been a month into my blogging journey and this calls for a celebration….Yay!!! Its been a month already and I have survived 😉

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So I wanted to make my 1 month anniversary special and what would be better than The Royal Gajar Ka Halwa.

Gajar ka halwa or Carrot halwa is basically a sweet carrot pudding. Its the most popular Indian dessert and is a delight to eat during the winters.

Thande thande mausam mein garam garam Gajar ka Halwa…Wah!!

Without taking much of your time lets jump to the recipe.

The recipe is very simple but if you don’t follow it correctly then you can end up with just a sweet carrot lump. It has to nicely come together and also at the same time the grated carrot strands should be visibly separated. That for me is the perfect Gajar ka Halwa 🙂

Ingredients

  • Carrots grated (thick) – 4 cups
  • Sugar – 3/4th cup
  • Milk – 1/2 cup
  • Desi Ghee – 1 tbsp
  • Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Khoya grated – 1/2 cup
  • Chopped nuts – 1/4 cup

Method

  1. Nicely wash and grate carrots. You will need approx 1 kg carrots to make it 4 cups.
  2. Heat a pan and add grated carrots to the pan.
  3. Cook on medium flame till carrots start sweating.
  4. Keep stirring in between and let it cook until the carrots look nice and dry.
  5. Now add sugar and cook till all the moisture is evaporated.
  6. Add ghee and stir again.
  7. Now add the milk and stir continuously
  8. Add khoya and stir well so that the khoya mixes nicely with the carrots.
  9. Add dry fruits and cardamom powder and turn off the gas.
  10. Serve hot.

Tips –

  1. Khoya is optional. Khoya or Mawa is reduced dry milk. If you don’t like or don’t have khoya you can always skip it.
  2. You can always use condensed milk instead of sugar keeping in mind that the condensed milk will make the halwa more dense and rich in taste.
  3. Cardamom powder is also optional. My family doesn’t like it so I always avoid cardamom