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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


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


  • 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.


  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.