Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa)

April 26th, 2007 filed under Desserts, Gluten Free
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Gajar (Carrot) Halwa also known as gajrala is a traditional Punjabi dessert made with carrots and milk. Gajar Halwa is delicious warm or cold.

Recipe serves 4

Gajar Ka Halwa


  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 6 chopped roasted cashew nuts (To garnish)


  1. Roast the cashew nuts and set aside for the garnish.
  2. Boil the milk on medium-high heat in a non-stick pan until it is reduced to about to 1 cup. Stir often to ensure the milk does not burn in the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
  3. Melt the butter in a frying pan on medium heat.
  4. Add the shredded carrots and stir-fry for about seven to eight minutes.
  5. Carrots should be tender and slightly changed in color.
  6. Add the milk and cook until the milk dries. This will take about eight to ten minutes.
  7. Next add the sugar, and cardamom powder and stir-fry for another three to four minutes until the halwa starts to leave the side of frying pan.
  8. Garnish with cashew nuts.


Gajar Halwa can be refrigerated for up to one week and kept in the freezer for up to two months. When ready to serve just warm.


Cook the halwa a little more and pour on a greased plate. Spread the halwa until it is flat and 3/4 inch thick. After the halwa cools, cut in squares. Garnish with cashew nuts or sliced almonds.

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139 Responses to “Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa)”

  1. maria says:

    I love your video. Thank you for explaining every step clearly.

  2. Rina says:

    Hi, I love this dish and would love to make it at home. Your recipe looks wonderful, but I wonder if it’s possible to use canned evaporated milk or even sweetened condensed milk instead of reducing the 2 cups of milk? Thanks so much.

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  4. Deematti seema Imam Mankasingh says:

    Amazing what good work you do. Thanks for sharing your Knowledge. Awesome, Superb Gaja Ka Halwa.. Manjula ji. sharing all your wonderful Recipes its a Blessing. Give me the opportunity to try and make some. My husband introduce me to to Gaja Ka Halwa, which I really loved. Majority sweets you make are my Favourites..Looking forward forall your delicious recipes..

  5. sivashankary says:

    I tried this recipe good, can the same be done with beetroot

  6. sheetal says:

    Instead of butter can I make use of ghee???

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