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Gajar Ka Halwa Recipe | Carrot Halwa | How to make gajar ka halwa

Updated By Geeta
Gajar Ka Halwa Recipe-Gajar ka halwa is a popular Indian sweet made with red juicy carrots cooked in milk, combined with sugar, and roasted in ghee along with nuts. Gajar Ka Halwa has other names as well like carrot halwa, gajrela, gajar halwa.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert, Sweets
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


  • Non-stick pan


  • 500 gm Red carrots
  • 2 cup Full fat milk
  • 6 tbsp Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Ghee (clarified butter)
  • 14 Golden raisins
  • 14 Cashews
  • 14 Pistachios
  • 1 tsp Cardamom powder (green elaichi powder)
  • 100 gm Unsweetened khoya or mawa or mava
  • 8 strands Saffron


  • To begin with, wash 500gms of carrots and peel them. Grate them with a big hole handheld grater for the better texture of halwa.
  • Secondly, cook grated carrots in a non-tick pan with 2 cups of full-fat milk.
  • In addition, keep stirring the carrots in between to avoid sticking the mixture at the bottom and sides. After 12-15 minutes, milk is almost evaporated,
  • Now add 6 tbsp sugar and mix.
  • Sugar will leave the water. Reduce the mixture by cooking and stirring.
  • Next, add 3 tbsp ghee. Cook the mixture in ghee (clarified butter).
  • Additionally, take 14 golden raisins, 14 cashews, 14 pistachios. Cut cashews and pistachios lengthwise. Keep 9-10 nuts aside for garnishing at the final stage.
  • Next, add the remaining nuts to the carrots mixture. Nuts will be roasted in the ghee along with the carrots.
  • Additionally, add 1 tsp cardamom powder and mix well.
  • Further, crumble 100 gm of khoya(unsweetened) and cook it with the carrots, put the flame on low while adding and mixing khoya.
  • You will see the khoya melting and combining with the carrots. Next add, few strands of saffron
  • Switch of the gas as delicious gajar ka halwa is ready.
  • You can enjoy the gajar halwa warm or chilled as per your preference. Garnish with more nuts to make it look more tempting.


Tips for Gajar Ka Halwa
  1. It is recommended to add unsweetened khoya to the carrot halwa as it takes the divine taste of the halwa to one level up.
  2. Sugar quantity can be adjusted as per your sweetness preferences.
  3. You have to keep stirring the halwa in between in order to avoid burning the halwa.
  4. Saffron addition to the gajar ka halwa is optional.
  5. Traditionally, we make carrot halwa with red carrots as they give good taste and color to the dish. However, you can use orange carrots as well if you do not get the red carrots.
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