Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa)

Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa) or Gajrela is a traditional Indian dessert made during winter months. Fresh carrots are grated and then cooked in full cream milk for a couple of hours. The milk then reduces and carrots are also cooked along with it. A sumptuous and delicious dessert is ready.

Try more traditional Indian desserts here – bajre ki kheer, gur ki kheer, chawal ki kheer.

Gajar ka Halwa

I had never made Gajar ka Halwa before marriage and after marriage when I first tried, V totally rejected it comparing it to his mother’s. I gave up making it ever as I knew I couldn’t compete with 45 years of her experience. After a gap of 9 years, I started making it again from last year. And I am proud of myself.

Gajar ka Halwa

The recipe is very simple and probably everyone goes by the same process. The proportion of ingredients like milk, mawa and sugar is also totally based upon your own preference and tastes. The only thing which is important is slow cooking and regular stirring to avoid sticking. I highly recommend staying away from boiling grated carrots separately for hastening cooking, it takes away greatly from the taste.

Gajar ka Halwa

Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa) or Gajrela

Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa) or Gajrela is a traditional Indian dessert made during winter months. Fresh carrots are grated and then cooked in full cream milk for a couple of hours. The milk then reduces and carrots are also cooked along with it. A sumptuous and delicious dessert is ready.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • kg carrot washed, peeled & grated
  • 1 litre milk
  • 150 gram khoa mawa
  • ½ cup sugar granulated
  • handfu cashews, raisins, pistachio, cardamom seeds for garnishing

Instructions

  • Boil milk in a large vessel. Add grated carrots. Allow the carrots to cook on slow flame. You may need to continuously stir the mixture for a while and in between to avoid sticking. When the milk is reduced completely, add mawa.
  • Continue stirring the mixture further till mawa is nicely mixed and roasted. Add any dry-fruits if you are using along with cardamom powder. Add sugar and continue to cook till the sugar is totally absorbed. Serve hot.

Notes

  1. You may boil grated carrots before adding to milk to hasten up the process but I wouldn’t recommend it.
  2. You can also adjust sugar as per your taste.
  3. You can also play with quantity of milk and mawa based on your preference, my family prefers less milk and mawa.
  4. If you do not wish to use khoya, then use 2.5 litres of milk for 1 kilo of carrots.

4 responses to “Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa)”

  1. Desh Kapoor says:

    Awesome! Miss my Mom’s gajjar ka halwa too. Archana and I will probably try your recipe soon! Thanks for sharing, Deepali!

  2. Shan Kon says:

    You could have asked your MIL how she made it.

  3. Deepali Jain says:

    Of course I could have asked her Shan Kon. But as I mentioned in my post, the process is same for everyone and her taste comes from her experience and love.

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