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Carrot Halwa

| March 7, 2013 Comment

carrot halwa

Carrot Halwa is one of the easiest Indian sweets you can make, although it is a bit time-consuming and requires constant stirring to prevent it from scorching. This halwa is very popular in North India. Made with grated carrots and milk, it has a delicate flavor, and makes a healthy dessert.

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin C and A. Apart from preventing heart disease and cancer, vitamin A also improves skin health.

Servings: 6-8
Cooking Time: 45-50 minutes


  • 4 fresh carrots, coarsely grated
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder
  • 2-3 tbsp ghee (clarified butter) or vegetable oil
  • 2-3 tbsp chopped mixed nuts – almonds, cashew nuts, pistachios, and raisins


  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the ghee, and fry the nuts and raisins, remove and set aside. In the same ghee, add the grated carrot and saute until aromatic.
  2. Add the milk and bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. Reduce the heat and cook uncovered (to prevent the milk from curdling) for about 25-30 minutes, stirring constantly, until the carrot halwa becomes a thick mass.
  4. Add the sugar and cook for 10-15 minutes until the sugar is completely dissolved, and the halwa thickens, turns deep red, and starts to come off the sides of the pan.
  5. Stir in the cardamom powder and the fried cashew nuts, almonds, pistachios, and raisins.
  6. Remove from heat, and serve the carrot halwa warm or chilled.


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