Carrot halwa (gajar ka halwa)

Carrot halwa (gajar ka halwa)

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  • 4 to 6
  • Easy
  • 10 minutes
  • 40 minutes

Carrot Halwa also known as Gajar ka Halwa or “Gajrela” is a traditional North Indian dessert. It's made with grated carrots simmered in milk with sugar.


  • 1 T ghee
  • 20 g cashew nuts, roughly chopped
  • 20 g sliced almonds, roughly chopped
  • 20 g pistachios, roughly chopped
  • vanilla ice cream, for serving
  • For the halwa:
  • 1 T ghee
  • 1 kg carrots, washed, peeled, and grated
  • 2 cups full-cream milk
  • 200 g sugar
  • 1 t ground cardamom

Cooking Instructions

1. Heat the ghee and nuts in a pan and fry for about 20 seconds, stirring continuously so that they don’t burn. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

2. To make the halwa, melt the ghee in the same pan. Add the carrots and sauté for 15–20 minutes, stirring continuously so they don’t burn.

3. Add the milk and sugar and cook, stirring, for another 20 minutes. The carrots will soak up the liquid. Add the cardamom and stir to combine.

4. Pour over the roasted nuts and serve with ice cream or as is. Serve hot or cold.

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Production: Khanya Mzongwana 
Photograph: Jan Ras
Food assistant: Dani Smith

Fatima Saib Recipe by: Fatima Saib
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TASTE’s commercial content editor is a recipe developer and writer with an immense love for Indian food. A self-taught cook, she was drawn into the world of food during her post-graduate studies in English literature, when she started selling cinnamon rolls out of her kitchen.

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