Easy Indian Dessert
Gajar ka halwa is an Indian dessert made out of shredded carrots and tastes like a warm spiced carrot cake right off the stove that melts in your mouth. It’s a pretty easy recipe to make and I’ve convinced myself if it has all those carrots it must be healthy. Come join me in my delusion and give this a try!
This recipe is easy and is made without khoya.
The halwa can be served hot on its own (my fave!) or at room temperature. It could also make a yummy topping on vanilla ice cream.
If you have leftovers, I have a fun recipe for Gajar Ka Halwa cupakes you should check out!
Making A vegan Version
You could make a vegan version by substituting for vegan butter and your choice of plant milk. In place of the milk powder you could use some almond meal and/or crushed nuts to thicken the mixture.
- Grated carrots
- Ghee (or butter)
- Milk Powder
- Crushed nuts
Making gajar ka halwa at home
This is a simple process! Just grate carrots in advance. I use a food processor to make this easier.
Then, melt ghee in a pot and add carrots. Milk and cardamom is added along with milk powder and sugar. Continue to cook until it thickens.
Optionally top with crushed almonds/nuts mix and enjoy!
Can you freeze gajar ka halwa?
Yes, if you have extra you can definitely freeze it. I would put in an airtight container. When you want to eat it, microwave and it’ll be just as yummy as the first time you had it.
If you have a great deal of leftover, you could freeze in smaller servings and defrost as you wish.
Is gajar ka halwa gluten free?
Yes, this is a gluten free treat!
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Gajar Ka Halwa – Indian Carrot Pudding
- 1 pan
- 2 cups grated carrots
- 1 tbsp ghee (Indian clarified butter) or butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup crushed or slivered almods/nuts mix to taste
- 1 cup milk powder
- On medium heat, melt ghee in skillet and mix in carrots to roast until fragrant, about 5 minutes
- Add in milk and cardamom to carrots and continue cooking, stirring occasionally until mixture thickens and bubbles
- Add in milk powder and sugar mix and continue cooking again until liquid evaporates – stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes
- Add almonds in the mixture if desired or garnish on top