Carrot Halwa Recipe


Prep time: 
10 minutes
Cooking time: 
40 minutes


This is a dish from northern India known as Gajar ka Halwa. It is a sweet dish made from carrots and usually served as a dessert.


  • 500g carrots, peeled and grated
  • 240ml milk
  • 100g sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 tbsp ghee (or butter)
  • handful of mixed nuts, such as pistachios, cashews and almonds
  • 2 tbsp raisins



  1. In a frying pan over low heat, dry roast the nuts for a few minutes until fragrant. Let cool and then chop. Add the raisins and heat until plump. Remove and set aside.
  2. Bring the milk to boil in a heavy-bottomed pot on the stove top
  3. Add the grated carrots and cook on medium heat, stirring often. Do not leave the pot unattended or the milk will get scorched
  4. When the milk has completely evaporated, add the sugar and stir well. The mixture will become gooey
  5. Cook until half the moisture evaporates, then stir in the ghee. Saute for another 5-10 mintues until the moisture evaporates completely.
  6. The finished consistency will be thick and moist with an aromatic scent. Do not overcook or it will become dry. When the consistency is right, remove from the heat and stir in the cardamom. Garnish with the roasted nuts. The halwa can be served warm or chilled with ice cream.




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