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.
Here is my recipe
Quick Gajar ka Halwa Recipe | Indian Carrot Pudding
- 1.5 Kg red carrots grated
- 1 tin 400 ml. Milkmaid (condensed milk)
- 2 tsp. crushed cardamom seeds
- few pieces of cashew for garnish
- 1/2 cup ghee
- sugar optional
Take a thick bottom pan or kadhai. I am using an iron kadhai here.
Take ghee in the kadhai. Heat it and add grated carrots.
On a low flame, cook for about 15-20 minutes.
Now add milkmaid to the carrot mix. Add the cardamom powder to the mix.
Cook on a low heat till all the liquid has almost evaporated.
Keep stirring regularly. This process takes another 20-25 minutes.
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.
Now add some chopped cashews and take off the flame.
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
Step by step Pictures
I grate my carrots in my hand chopper
Cook the grated carrots in ghee.
Add condensed milk or milkmaid.
Add cardamom powder
Cook it down till all the milk has evaporated. Add cashews and serve hot.
Let me know if you try this recipe or if you have other tips for making this classic dish gajar ka halwa.