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.
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