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Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa)

Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa)

Gajar Ka Halwa, Carrot Pudding

Gajar Ka Halwa is a classical Indian dessert, this is also known as gajrala. Gajar ka Halwa is a delicious and popular sweet made with few ingredients, carrots, milk, sugar and flavored with cardamom. Gajar ka Halwa is a perfect dessert for any celebration. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter or ghee
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 6 cashew roasted and broken for garnishing


  • Roast the cashew nuts and set aside for the garnish.
  • 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.
  • Melt the butter in a frying pan on medium heat. Add the shredded carrots and stir-fry for about seven to eight minutes. Carrots should be tender and slightly changed in color.
  • Add the milk and cook until the milk dries. This will take about eight to ten minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Keyword Carrot Halwa, Delicacy, Dessert, Gajrela, Gluten Free
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153 thoughts on “Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa)

  1. My hubby and I recently had carrot halwa from a restaurant and we loved it. He told me to learn to make it and i’m very eager to try out new recipes as i love to cook! I got the chance to make it today but just reduced quantities. I didn’t have cardamon powder so sprinkled some cinnamon and I didn’t have nuts either. It was very tasty and so easy to make aunty ji! I will add a bit more sugar next time though. I will make it again over the weekend as it will be Eid.
    Thank you for a delicious and simple recipe!

  2. Hi manjula aunty,

    i tried your carrot halwa, it was just so superb wish i tried your recipe when i was in india so thay my husband wud have tasted, no worries im expecting my hus after 2 months, i will surely make it for him, all viewer who have come here please try all recipe they are just wonderfull πŸ™‚

  3. hi manjula auntie namsate iwant to asku wbout this gajar ka halwa agar hum milk microwave mai alag kerte hai aur gajar alag kerte hai to carrot kachhe nahi rehte na kuki normally hum bhaut sare milk mai gajar ka halwa banate hai ghante tak tab wo soft hote hai muje yeh idea bhaut acha laga lkein just want to know kuki mai ab aise hi bannanewali hu halwa pls muje reply dena thanks

  4. Woww!! luv gajar ka halwa alot..!. YummMmy….:p
    i made it many a times but the problem which exist when i make it,the milk which i put in it,doesnt soaks the carrot… so plz can u help me out of this problem….
    soon reply.m waiting….!

    1. Hi Sania, since you got no reply and i might know what the problem was, let me see if i can help. The heat should be on medium and the pan should be uncovered. If you find the milk dries too quickly, just lower the heat so you have more control over it. The heat shouldn’t be too low or it will take ages to dry up. Hope this helps πŸ™‚

  5. Aunty,

    Your recipes are wonderful and so simple! I had no idea about cooking when I got married. I learnt so much for you. My grandmother and you have such similar cooking styles.

    Thanks a lot for another delicious recipe!

  6. dear aunty
    I love you so much for your simple recipes. Like this gajar ka halwa. Most of the recipes on the internet will ask to get milkmaid or khoya or what not But your recipe is so simple and yummy too!

  7. After having Gajar ka Halwa at a restaurant, I had to make it for myself. After screwing up another recipe I found, I gave Manjula’s a try and it came out very well. I’m looking forward to trying more recipes from this site.

    1. I was about to try a simplified version of this recipe from another site, but was afraid it would come out bad (even their picture didn’t look appetizing). I knew that Manjula Aunty’s recipes always come out perfect so might as well try this one instead, even if it’s a bit more work. It actually was not that hard to make and didn’t take as long as I expected. It tastes great and looks awesome!

  8. Always loved carrot halwa, but didn’t have a proper recipe. Your recipe was an amazing one. Thanks a lot aunty. Looking forward for more good ones πŸ™‚

  9. Thanks Aunty! I have been meaning to try and make this for ages…Buh i haven’t found a recipe which was easy to follow until i saw yours:)
    i finally made it today and mashallah it was delicious ….Thankyou

  10. Hi Aunty
    I have just made the gajar ka halwa it came out really good!
    Thanks for the recipe, I will be back to try cooking other recipes.

  11. Thank you Manjula Aunty! All your recipes look delicious, I love Gajar Ka Halwa, I will be trying this very soon.

  12. I just made this now using ur recipe and it came out absolutely delicious. Thank you for ur great recipes, next I’m gonna try the round gulab jamun’s in syrup which is my favorite πŸ™‚

  13. Hello Manjulaji,

    Just wanted to let you know that I made this last weekend and it was *superb*!!! Literally, couldn’t stop eating it! Many, many thanks for posting such a wonderful and relatively easy to do recipe – my stomach thanks you!

    Any chance you have a Badam Halwa recipe? I’m sure you do . . . !!!

  14. I made this for the first time last night. It was so good, that I made it again tonight. Thank you for such a wonderful, informative website!

  15. Thank you! I had this yesterday at an amazing Indian restaurant in Columbus, OH. Had to make it today, I enjoyed it so much. Your recipe and instructions were spot on and I just enjoyed my first dish! Thank you!

  16. Your recipes are very helpful and simple to understand thanx 4 da delicious recipes looking forward 4 mre recipes.Bless u luvies Sajida

  17. Thank you so much for this lovely video and all the rest you have. I am so glad that you made this video as I always thought that carrot halwa was very difficult to make. You made it so simple that my friends have even asked me how to make it.

    Please keep the videos coming as without them its impossible to get he dish right.

    Really respect your work and your style its so gentle and brilliant. You are a great teacher. Hugs.

    Ambreen Javid, Manchester, UK

    1. I can’t agree with this comment anymore! You’re right on about everything. The videos and instructions together make it super easy for a novice to make it at home. I love the simple, gentle style and the excellent explanations for why we do things a certain way or what reactions occur (ie: the sugar will release water for this recipe).

  18. Thanks for the recipe! I had modified it by adding 2-3 tbsp of quick cooking oats to the recipe and it was simply superb!!!!!

  19. All your receipes are just delicious and very easy to follow.I live in Denmark and I am very glad to follow your receipes. You do a great job in teaching us as to how we should cook. Thank you.

  20. hello Manjula Aunty,

    Can you please tell me as what type of milk you had used? I maen did you take fat-free, 1%, 2% or whole milk. Can you please let me know as soon as possible as on 4 apr 2011 i am planning to prepare this or Shirkhand(still not decided what to make from this two) as it is “Guddi Padva” our new year



  21. Thank you manjula ji for giving us such a beautiful site, cooking has become very simple for me now.So far i have tried besan k laddo, moong dal ka halwa and badam ki barfi

  22. Hi Aunty,

    I tried this carrot halwa and every body liked it.
    Got excellent comments from friends.
    I really like your website.
    Will definitely try other recipes also..

  23. This is delicious.
    I made this for dessert this evening, but as I was busy making a few other dishes (Bainan Bjarta, Rice and Chana Dal), I substituted
    1 cup of canned evaporated vitamin D milk,
    rather than stand over the stove to reduce the 2 cups of milk. I just added it to the carrots like in step 6.
    I haven’t made it the other way yet, or tasted this before, but I’m pretty pleased with the results. It may be my new addiction. πŸ™‚

  24. Manjula Ji,

    I was missing this classic dish, since when I left Jaipur, where this is very famous in one of the sweet stall by name LAKSHMI MISHTAN BHANDAR.

    Today I tried @ home and to my surprise the taste is very gud.

    Thnx again making my memories afresh


  25. Hi,
    thanks for the easy recipe, halwa came out well. Since it was my first try, I was reluctant to try. But it came well.


  26. you didn’t mention when to add the cardamom powder, as a result i forgot to add it……still it was delicious though.

  27. Hi Aunty,
    Thanks a lot for your nice dishes. πŸ™‚
    I have a question. When we should use kadhai and when flat frying pan?
    waiting for your answer.

  28. Manjulaji, thanks for an easy demonstration on how to make a new favorite dessert. Somehow I missed this wonderful treat until my travels through South India where it often became a sought-after night cap. Look forward to more.

    1. Manjula ji, This is the first recipe i tried from your site. Its great and so simple. Your recipes are so homely with no fancy stuff. Thanks a lot. I will try other ones too. You are helping Indians who are away from home and do not know much cooking. I thank you for the tip on microwaving the milk instead of boiling it on the stove.

  29. Dear Mangulla, You come out in your video demonstrations as a warm, large hearted lady who really likes to cook and share her recipes. God Bless, you certainly have graced many, many homes with the wonderful food you turn out.

    I tried your Pista Kulfi today. It is resting in the freezer ready to be eaten tomorrow. By the look and smell of it, it certainly is a relish to be desired.

    Thank You once again and will certainly drop you a line to let you know of the outcome.


  30. Dear Manjula Aunty,
    Mom and I tried out a lot of your recipes and they are very delicious!! Mom cooks almost every recipe she watches. Your blog has brought about a great deal of change in her cooking and all of us are loving it . The best thing about your recipes is that you use really less fat content and they are very nutritious.
    Thanks a lot for sharing your recipes,
    Loads of love,

  31. Mom and I tried your recipes and and the dishes taste very good. Mom loves to watch you cook and she tried out almost every recipe she watches . Your blog has brought about a change in the style of her cooking and all of us love it a lot. Mom says she loves your cooking because the amount of fat is really less and all the recipes are very nutritious.
    Thanks a lot for sharing your recipes.
    Loads of love

  32. Hi Aunty Manjula,

    Thank you for all your help to us wives who love to cook Indian dishes. I have tried making Gajar ka Halwa using your recipe and it was a hit to my husband. It is simple and delicious. But I find that the amount of milk is too much which requires me to cook it for long time until it dries. Nowadays I add around 1/4 cup less of milk.

    All the best to your site.


  33. This is the best halwa I have ever made!! My husband said this was the best halwa he has ever eaten, in or out of the home! Thank you!!

  34. hello autijee
    im defenitely gonna try it tdy itself…i did try lot of ur receipes and it turned out very good…thanks a lot fr sharing ur receipes

  35. Manjulaji,

    I really love watching you cook. Needless to say the recipes are really nice.
    Thank you for sharing, please keep adding more recipes.

    With warm regards,

  36. This is a very good recipe and my family loved it. I love watching you cook, you are so peaceful and calming with very clear instructions. Thank you. You are appreciated.


  37. Thanks so much for such an easy recipe! I tried it last week and it came out really good. I use to boil the gajar in milk and then saute it in Ghee. But your method the halwa tasted much better.

  38. Thanks a lot aunty..i thought it would be difficult to make gajrela..so called gajar ka halwa…but your recipe is tremendous good and it was so easy to made!!!

  39. thanks for the recipe…….. i never new it is so easy to make at home… i tried it now it turned out well…… can u add some souffle recipes………

  40. Thanks for the recipe! Tried it once…would have turned out right had I put sugar instead of salt!! tried it again and SUCCESS!! lol thank you again!!!

  41. Just made this today and it turned out well. I added a little more sugar than the 1/4 cup.

    FYI, it takes about 4 to 5 medium carrots to make 2 cups of grated carrots.

    I omitted the cashews but the halwa was still really good.

  42. Namaste Auntiji,

    I have made this gajar ka halwa and it turned out delicious. My boyfriend really enjoys it and he is a fussy eater. Thankyou for your wonderful recipe. I will continue to look through your recipes for other ideas.

    I hope you enjoy your diwali this year.



  43. hello manjula aunty,
    i would like to thank u a lot for all the wonderful recipes posted by u.its a great pleasure to feel home once again away from india.i chanced your website on youtube and since then your been my all time fav.thank you aunty!

  44. I made this earlier, it is amazingly nice! I didn’t realise it would be this easy to make. I did as you suggested and cooked a little longer in order to press it into a pan and slice later, but I’m afraid I ate already about 1/3rd of the mixture while still warm so there’s not a lot left =)
    Thank you again!

  45. Here’s a suggestion for those that have juicers at home-

    I have a juicer that I often make carrot juice with… in the end, I am left with all this carrot pulp that used to end up in the garbage because I didn’t know what to do with it… I used this same pulp to make Gajar ka halva using Manjula’s recipe and it came out really nice.

  46. Hi Aunty,

    I am excited to try your gajrala recipe, it looks really good. I was wondering, however, when to add in the cardamon powder? Thank you for your wonderful videos, they have tought me so much!!

  47. hi Aunty,
    ur recipes r too good and really simple…..tht excites me to try new things…..
    thanx for all ur effort..

  48. hi aunti
    today i made halwa but its a strong and colour also change i dont no why could u tell me whats happen in my halwa. thanks

  49. hi aunty
    i m really thankful to u for great recipes video..i want to ask one thing that can i use milk cream instead of milk in the halwa please tell me????
    thanks very much

  50. hello aunty ji,
    i am british and my family is punjabi so i look at your website everyday. thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes.they help me learn to cook for my husband and mum in law. she is staying with us in u.k. on her holidays.she is very impressed with my cooking.thanks to you aunty ji.i just tried carrot halwa….excellent video,very informative and easy to follow.my family send their good wishes to you and your family.
    more recipes please,could you please show me how to cook chicken pakora for important party next week? love and good health to you from ann singh

  51. Hi aunty …. your recipes are wonderful .. I’ve started cooking recently and your videos are simply great as I’m a novice ..

    I wanted to ask you if we can make this halwa with ghee rather than unsalted butter … could you also give the measurements?

    Thank you

  52. Hello aunty
    ur recipes are too good and very easy to learn .u r teaching is simply superb.I like u very much.
    with regards,

  53. Hello Anty

    Today i tried your carrot halwa. Went well… really nice taste. i am south indian girl. I going to try all your(north indian recipe. Everything is new for me….Thanx a lot…

  54. Hello Aunty,
    I am beginner for cooking I thought sweets are the toughest part in cooking but you made it so easy.Thanks alot aunty ……

  55. hello aunty
    I like your recipes very much .As am vegetarian ……….i love your recipes .Its very easy to follow .

    thank you

  56. Me and my friends are in Glasgow for 2 months. Here we cook food daily with the help of your amazing recipes. Our food in glasgow is incomplete without your recipe.
    Thanks a Lot.

  57. Simply wonderful Aunty. Felt so homely – so sincerely showing meto cook. Hats off !! Couldn’t beleive my eyes when I bumped into you.
    Definitely going to come here often. Just finished making your palak paneer – simply superb.
    You are a blessing – thanks Aunty

  58. Hello Aunty,
    I made Gajar ki halwa today for Durga puja looking the recipe on your website. It was so tasty, and my friends praised me after eating. Thanks a lot for putting the recipies here on net. Thanks again.
    Wish you a happy durga puja.


  59. Dear Aunty,
    My wife has gone to India for two months and I am on my own. You excellent recipies have made a nice ook out of me. Tomorrow is Krishna Janamashtami and I am going to try this Gajar Ka Halwa for Prasad. Thanks a lot for making my life easier.

  60. Auntyji,i hv tried ur recipe n halwa came out yummy..i liked that u fried carrirts first instead of adding milk firts,i think dta makes the difference.Now,i hv aquestion,can i use half and half instead of reducing mik?if yes,then how much half n half milk shud i use?

  61. Oh my goodness. This makes this dish so simple and absolutely delicious! I’ve made this several times and it just gets better everytime. Like Caren I’ve added raisins, but I brown them and the cashews in some ghee and they are really good.

    Also I sprinkle a little kewra water over the top after I take it from the heat. It really purfumes it well and I like the addition. Anybody else do this?

    Thank you so much Manjulaji.

  62. Hi Manjula

    I made this today, it turned out great! I changed a couple of things. After reducing the milk for a while I added the sugar and the cardamom powder and kept boiling the milk for a couple of minutes for and thus so incorporating the cardamom & sugar into the milk. I also added a handful of raisins when I added the milk to carrots. Great Website Thanks!

  63. Dear manjula
    mmmmmmmm…delicious!!! pity v r in office..mouthwatering..reallly excellent some of ur dishes i tried….

  64. Dear Manjulaji,

    Thank you for serving the community.

    You are doing a great favor that most parents can not ever do. (us)

    Yes most of us are un aware of the great recipes.

    Thank you again’

    Surendra Parikshak

  65. your recipies come out really excellent as I’ve tried all pls don’t stop just keep giving as I feel they all are easy available & delicious .
    thanks a lot

  66. hello manjula ji….tried carrot halwa….just cant wait praising u…its the best item i have ever prepared…thank u so much…awesome taste i must say…very easy to make…it tempts me to make the nxt week too..hats off to ur hardwork….

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