Gajar Ka Halwa – Carrot Halwa

Luxurious, rich, creamy.

Gajar Ka Halwa.

Save this recipe for a day when you’ll be at home, because this baby requires time, patience and a whole lot of stirring! And preferably a food processor to grate the carrots.

Gajar (Carrot) Ka Halwa - a dessert recipe @ fatimacooks.net

But believe me when I say it is worth every minute. You will be left with a decadent, nutty and distinctly fragranced dessert that will impress everyone including yourself! I’ll be honest and say I was totally blown away by how delicious this turned out on my first attempt! Please everyone, use ghee! There are no substitutes for it (well, you can use oil but it won’t come even close to tasting as good as the ghee version, sorry!)

Gajar (Carrot) Ka Halwa - a dessert recipe @ fatimacooks.net

Here’s a fun fact I posted on my Instagram a few days ago. Carrot Halwa with icecream was served at my wedding. But, by some sadistic twist of fate, for some reason unknown to me I didn’t get any!! To this day my friends tell me it was the best dessert they’re ever had at a wedding. I don’t mean to sound like a moaning, whining little brat of a bride, but I love dessert and you’d think you’d get treated to a pretty memorable complete dinner on your big day, no? But it’s alright. Whenever the thought of this sad memory comes crawling into my mind, I will make myself some Gajar Ka Halwa, serve it with some icecream and pretend like it tastes just like the one served at my wedding (Although, I will never know if it really does).

(Here’s another fun fact: I didn’t realise I didn’t get any dessert on my wedding till my Walima day, when we were being served dessert. When I got my Walima dessert, I thought ‘Hmm, this feels weird. I don’t quite know how to coordinate myself. I’ve never had dessert dressed like an elaborate Pakistani princess. Oh wait, that’s because I HAVEN’T.’)

Gajar (Carrot) Ka Halwa - a dessert recipe @ fatimacooks.net

 

Gajar (Carrot) ka Halwa - A traditional Pakistani dessert recipe @ fatimacooks.net

Enjoy, with love

 

Gajar ka Halwa - a carrot dessert by Fatima Cooks
Gajar Ka Halwa - Carrot Halwa
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This luxurious and exotic dessert is a labour of love, especially if you are hand-grating the carrots! But it is truly worth the effort as the end results are exceptionally tasty, unlike any other Pakistani dessert. This one is a real crown pleaser!
Servings Prep Time
10 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
10 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Gajar ka Halwa - a carrot dessert by Fatima Cooks
Gajar Ka Halwa - Carrot Halwa
Print Recipe
This luxurious and exotic dessert is a labour of love, especially if you are hand-grating the carrots! But it is truly worth the effort as the end results are exceptionally tasty, unlike any other Pakistani dessert. This one is a real crown pleaser!
Servings Prep Time
10 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
10 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Ingredients
  • 2 kg carrots
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/4 cup ghee 1/4 for initial sauteing and 1 for the end
  • 1 1/2 cups suugar
  • 1 handful nuts optional but highly recommended
  • 6 cardamom seeds (elaichi)
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Trim the ends of the carrots and grate them. If you have a food processor, you can shred the carrots (this is what I did). Make sure the carrots have dried thoroughly before proceeding
  2. In a large pot, heat 1/4 cup of ghee on medium heat.
  3. When heated, add the cardamom seeds and grated carrots and mix in.
    Gajar (carrot) ka halwa - a dessert by Fatima Cooks
  4. Allow the carrots to cook, stirring occassionally. The carrots will release A LOT of steam. We want to dry out the carrots as much as we can before adding the milk. This will take about 30 minutes.
    Gajar (carrot) ka halwa - a dessert by Fatima Cooks
  5. Add the milk. Bring to an almost-boil then reduce the heat to medium.
    Gajar (carrot) ka halwa - a dessert by Fatima Cooks
  6. Continue to cook, uncovered, until the milk evaporates. This may take between 2-3 hours, depending on how much moisture is in your carrots and on your heat. It took me 2.5 hours. Remember to stir occassionally, especially during the last 30 minutes when the mixture will be drier and may begin to stick to the bottom of the pot. If you pull the halwa to one side of the pot and see some milk release from the sides within a few seconds, this means the halwa is still too moist and needs more drying out.
    Gajar (carrot) ka halwa - a dessert by Fatima Cooks
  7. Once most of the moisture has evaporated, add in the ghee and sugar.
    Gajar (carrot) ka halwa - a dessert by Fatima Cooks
  8. Continue to cook on medium heat, stirring often, for about 25 minutes. You may begin to see the Halwa change colour to a deep autumn shade of orange and the ghee may begin to separate at the sides from the carrots - this is normal and what we want!
  9. When done, turn off the heat and chop in half of your nuts. Garnish with the remaining nuts.
  10. Serve warm, on it's own or with icecream 🙂
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8 thoughts on “Gajar Ka Halwa – Carrot Halwa

  1. Sorry to hear about the loss of your Gajar Ka Halwa on your very big day dear. But looking after your presentation, I can say it might not be very different from the one you missed out. Truly it looks perfect in color, presentation and I definitely I know in taste too … 🙂

  2. Jazak’Allah khair. I made this for my grandsons school bake sale and it was the first item to sell out. One sister said that her husband preferred mine to hers. Our little secret, it was actually yours.

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