Quick Gajar ka Halwa Recipe with Milkmaid or Condensed Milk

Quick Gajar ka Halwa Recipe with Milkmaid or Condensed Milk

Gajar ka Halwa is a winter delicacy that is loved by my kids. My younger son starts gently and firmly pestering me to make it as soon as red carrots appear in the market. You can make larger batches and keep as it easily stays for a week or more in the fridge though it is polished off sooner. It requires only a few ingredients but it is generally a labour of love which requires slogging at the stove. This is the faster version of the age old favorite gajar ka halwa recipe and is just as delicious.

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Here is my recipe

Quick Gajar ka Halwa Recipe | Indian Carrot Pudding
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This delicious gajar ka halwa or Indian carrot pudding rounds off any meal beautifully. Do try my recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: North Indian
  • 1.5 Kg red carrots grated
  • 1 tin (400 ml.) Milkmaid (condensed milk)
  • 2 tsp. crushed cardamom seeds
  • few pieces of cashew for garnish
  • ½ cup ghee
  • sugar (optional)
  1. Take a thick bottom pan or kadhai. I am using an iron kadhai here.
  2. Take ghee in the kadhai. Heat it and add grated carrots.
  3. On a low flame, cook for about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Now add milkmaid to the carrot mix. Add the cardamom powder to the mix.
  5. Cook on a low heat till all the liquid has almost evaporated.
  6. Keep stirring regularly. This process takes another 20-25 minutes.
  7. I personally don't add additional sugar as the sweetness from the condensed milk and the carrots is adequate. But if you like it sweeter, add sugar towards the end.
  8. Now add some chopped cashews and take off the flame.
  9. Serve the delicious gajar ka halwa warm, with ice cream, rabdi or as is. It is really tasty.
You can use whole milk instead of condensed milk. It takes much more time to cook off and form khoya.

Adjust sugar accordingly if you are using whole milk in place of condensed milk.

Instead of grating carrots, I use my hand chopper to quickly get it into very small pieces thus saving the preparation time. Else grating 1.5 kilos carrots is very time consuming. Use your food processor if you have one.

Some people add store bought khoya and reduce the quantity of milk then. It is a personal choice.

Here is my recipe

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quick gajar ka halwa

I grate my carrots in my hand chopper

quick gajar ka halwa

Cook the grated carrots in ghee.

quick gajar ka halwa

Add condensed milk or milkmaid.

quick gajar ka halwa

Add cardamom powder

quick gajar ka halwa

Cook it down till all the milk has evaporated. Add cashews and serve hot.

quick gajar ka halwa

Let me know if you try this recipe or if you have other tips for making this classic dish gajar ka halwa.

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13 thoughts on “Quick Gajar ka Halwa Recipe with Milkmaid or Condensed Milk

  1. I, too, am planning on making this some day soon The red carrots have begun appearing now in the markets now! Adding Milkmaid gives it a different flavour….OOh, I am drooling just typing this comment! ;P

    1. You should make it. Very simple recipe actually. The trick is in cooking it slowly and patiently. I don’t like carrots going soggy or dissolving in milk.

  2. My gajjar ka halwa days are over. I developed an allergy to raw carrots some years ago and I can only take very well cooked carrots in small quantities. Such a pity as gajjar ka halwa was one of my favourites especially the way my aunt made it, Yours looks delicious.

  3. Looks delicious! I hardly make sweets though, especially ghee versions, since V does not eat ghee. Gy has very little so I’d end up eating the lion’s share and let me just say it isn’t for the best.

    Reminds me of my aunt, your recipe. She used to make amazing desserts!

    1. Oh yes! This is insanely heavy on Calories. And I wouldn’t want any low calorie versions of it. I am not too fond of sweets either but I make this one and besan laddoos mostly because the kids love them. I should make more kheer and other halwas too. 🙂

  4. Condensed milk is such a savior, isn’t it? They make desserts so easy 🙂

    I was looking for a good carrot halwa recipe and thank you for this, Rachna. My MIL makes this with MIL and it gets soggy and watery like payasam. I’ll make a batch using this recipe and send out some for her. Thanks again.

  5. I didn’t know there is an alternative to grating the carrots for the halwa. This is hardwork and I have thus refrained from making this halwa though I love it. Another dilemma was the khoya thing. I love it how easy you make the recipes that even a lazy, unskilled person at cooking like me wants to cook it up 🙂 I will try it over the weekend.

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