Gajar Halwa is a traditional Indian dessert made by cooking grated carrots along with evaporated milk solids. This gives it an amazing grainy texture and color.
Gajar Halwa is the first choice of dessert for Indian festivals and is often prepared during Diwali and Holi. Gajar Halwa is also known as Gajrela in north Indian states.
It is best to make this halwa with carrots which are juicy and tender, as they tend to give the best flavor and taste to the dessert.
This halwa is best prepared using full fat milk in order to get the best flavor and richness. You can also add khoya or mawa (condensed milk solids) if you want in order to save some time.
Dry fruits like cashew nuts, almonds and raisins are often added to the dessert to add crunchiness and richness to the whole dish.
Gajar halwa tastes amazing both hot and chilled. However, due to high amounts of ghee it is often best enjoyed when its hot or at room temperature.
To make Gajar Halwa at home follow the detailed step by step recipe with photos posted below.
See more related recipes like:
- Suji Ka Halwa – semolina halwa
- Aate ka Halwa – wheat flour halwa
- Gajar Ki Kheer – carrot pudding
- Chawal Ki Kheer – rice pudding
Nutrition (per serving)
Ingredients For Gajar Halwa Recipe
- 8-9 Medium Carrots
- 1 Litre Full Fat Milk
- 4 Tablespoon Ghee
- 3/4th Cup Sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon Elaichi/ Cardamom Powder
Step By Step Instructions With Photos for Gajar Halwa Recipe
Wash, peel and grate the carrots using a hand grater. You should use tender and juicy carrots for making this halwa, as they are easier to grate. You can also use a food processor to shred the carrots.
Add milk in a kadai or pan and bring it to a boil.
The milk will start to thicken as it evaporates.
Turn the flame to a low to medium setting. Add the grated carrots to the milk.
Keep stirring this mixture often. The milk will slowly begin to froth & dry. Keep scraping the sides to add any evaporated milk solids to the mixture.
When the milk has almost dried out, add 4 tbsp ghee and roast the mixture in it.
Add sugar and cardamom powder. Keep stirring till the mixture thickens.
Gajar Halwa is ready. You can also add dry fruits like raisins, cashews and almonds for garnishing.
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