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gajar ka halwa recipe

Gajar ka Halwa | Carrot Halwa

Nisha Mittal
Gajar ka halwa is an immensely renowned dessert that is made using carrots, ghee, nuts, milk, and sugar. It is also known as gajrela in Punjabi.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert, sweets
Cuisine Indian
Servings 8 people


  • 1 Kg Carrot
  • 1 Kg Full Cream Milk
  • 15-16 strands Kesar(Saffron)
  • 250 g Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Cashew, for garnishing
  • 1 tablespoon Pistachios(Pista), for garnishing
  • ¼ teaspoon Cardamom Powder
  • 2 tablespoon Ghee


 Preparing Carrots

  • Wash carrots and peel them.Thickly grate them using a food processor or a hand grater.
  • Squeeze the grated carrots and separate them from water.

Main Method

  • Heat milk in a heavy bottom vessel. Bring it to a boil.
  • Cook till it becomes thick or in other words, 1 kg milk should get reduced to ½ kg i.e. 50% by continuous boiling on low to medium flame.
  • Heat 2 tablespoon ghee in a cooker on high flame.
  • Add grated carrots and cook them in ghee for 5 minutes or till a nice aroma starts coming up.
  • Add the boiled milk and kesar in a cooker and mix well.
  • Cook on high flame for one whistle.Keep aside and let the pressure of the cooker settle down on its own.
  • Remove the lid of the cooker.Cook again with a lid removed.
  • You can also transfer it to the heavy bottom vessel or continue cooking in the cooker.Keep switching between high, medium, and low flame.
  • Remember, when cooking on a high flame, keep stirring continuously so that milk does not stick to the bottom of the cooker or vessel.
  • Cook till the milk gets reduced by 75%.
  • Pour sugar and cook on medium to low flame till the halwa starts leaving the cooker.
  • Turn off the flame.Garnish with cardamom and cashew and chopped pista.
Keyword carrot halwa, gajar ka halwa