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Quick Carrot Halwa – Gajar Ka Halwa


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Quick Carrot Halwa – Gajar Ka Halwa

One of the most popular desserts in India, this Quick Carrot Halwa or ‘ Gajar Ka Halwa ‘, is extremely easy to make. It is made with a fair amount of sugar, ghee and milk solids so keep your portions small. Garnished with nuts and silver foil, this recipe originated from Punjab. Here is a recipe that uses Milk powder and ‘Khoya’ to give you fast Carrot Halwa when the craving hits!

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Recipe Name: Quick Carrot Halwa – Gajar Ka Halwa
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Shana c/o Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 10
Cook time: 10
Total time: 20 min
Yield: 3 – 4 servings

Quick Carrot Halwa – Gajar Ka Halwa

carrot halwa 2 - indian carrot

Red Indian Carrots


  • 500 gms carrot, peeled and grated – about 4 cups grated (Use Indian Red Carrots if possible to get more depth in color)
  • ¹⁄3 cup ghee (clarified butter)
  • 3 cardamom pods, crushed slightly
  • ½ cup sugar ( give or take depending on sweetness of carrots and personal preference)
  • ½ cup milk powder (use white milk powder and not those with a yellow tinge)
  • ¹⁄3  cup khoya/mawa
  • optional -½ Tbsp Rose water
  • Nuts or choice- whole or whopped and silver paper to garnish


  • Peel and grate the carrots.carrot halwa 3-grated
  • Heat the ghee in a non stick pan. Add cardamom and allow to crackle.
  • carrot halwa -ghee and cardamom
  • Add the grated carrot and cook. Allow  the moisture to be releases and then dry up slightly.
  • carrot halwa 4 - cook till moisture evaporates
  • Add the sugar and stir till the sugar is dissolved.
  • carrot halwa 5 sugar
  • carrot halwa 6 dissolved
  • Cook till the ghee separates and appears on top.
  • carrot halwa - ghee on top
  • Next, add the milk powder. Stir till it is well incorporated.
  • carrot halwa 5 sugar carrot halwa stir
  • Stir well on medium heat for about 3-5 minutes.
  • When the moisture is gone and the Halwa is quite thick, add the grated khoya/mawa.
  • carrot halwa - grated khoya carrot halwa 7- add khoya
  • Stir briefly. Add the rose water over the top and cover the pan.
  • carrot halwa -8 keep covered
  • Remove from heat and allow to rest 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with edible silver paper and nuts of choice.
  • To serve: You can spoon it into a plate and serve or you can pat it down into a small square or rectangle casserole dish and chill. Once chilled you can cut into squares and serve.

Quick Carrot Halwa – Gajar Ka Halwa

  • For the garnish, you can use chopped nuts or a few whole nuts. You can fry the nuts in ghee first or keep them raw. You can also stir them into the hot Halwa if desired.
  • Raisins may also be used, stir into the hot halwa.

Key Ingredients: Carrot, Ghee, Sugar,Milk Solids, Cardamom, Rose water, Nuts

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  1. Avatar prof nandagopal 2 years ago

    In the recipe for Quick Carrot Halwa the time specified for preparation, cook time and total time do not agree.
    I personally prefer the gajar ka halwa to have its authentic taste without adding any spices or condiments. This however depends on individual taste.

    • The timing has been edited. Cardamom and Rose water is optional. I make without the rosewater but i do like some cardamom in there 🙂

      • Avatar Anonymous 2 years ago

        Thanks for the quick response. It’s my favourite dessert. Just wanted to point out the omission regsrding the time.
        The second part is my personal opinion.
        Prof Nandagopal

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