Gajar ka Halwa recipe

Hey everyone, Welcome to foodbymama- a homemaker’s guide for those who love food and cooking and basically everything about it. I try using the simplest ingredients to create finger- licking recipes for my family.

I’m really late with this post for welcoming winters- additional household chores and the little one’s exams made it really difficult! But as they say, better late than never. So here I am with my winter special recipe. Now winters make it really hard for me to get out of the blanket and move to the kitchen, so I need something extremely tempting to get off my cozy lazy mode. And what’s better than a warm dessert to inspire one to get back to moving and working. The dessert I made this time is certainly a favorite to a majority of Indians- Gajar ka Halwa! Basically, a pudding made with carrots and milk, this dessert is sure to win your heart with its easy yet mouth- watering composition. And added advantage- you can simplify the recipe as much as you want!

Traditionally, gajar ka halwa is made with carrots and khoa/mawa. For those of you unfamiliar with it, mawa is actually a dairy product made by reducing milk to solid by constant heating and thickening. But if you can’t find mawa or prepare by yourself (believe me, it takes a WHOLE lot of time!), you can susbtitute it with condensed milk. Also, some versions of this dessert even have ghee (clarified butter) as an ingredient, but I never add it to my halwa- gets too heavy and doesn’t really work for me.

So, here’s the complete recipe to this amazingly simple dessert. Happy Winters!

gajar ka halwa

Ingredients-

Carrots (grated)- 2 kg
Khoa/Mawa- 400 gm
Sugar- as per taste
Fresh cream- 5-6 tbsp
Mixed Nuts (chopped)- 1/3 cup
How to make-

  1. Pressure cook the grated carrots for about 5 minutes
  2. Transfer the carrots to a wide pan and heat on high flame till all the water/juices evaporate
  3. Add sugar, mawa and nuts along with fresh cream to it
  4. Stir and mix all the ingredients
  5. Take the halwa off the flame and serve hot
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