Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Carrot Halwa - Gajar ka Halwa

Thank goodness for blog hop wednesdays:-) It really pushes me to sit with the system to try and post a recipe. I knew I had to work for the bloghop but somehow it slipped my mind until this afternoon when I hopped into my partners blog for the week. I had to pick and try a recipe from the blog "Palakkad Chamayal" of Kaveri. She has got a very simple and neat blog with lovely pics and briefly explained recipes:-)! I loved the simplicity of her recipes and instantly zeroed in on Gajar Ka Halwa:-)

It has been a long time since I tried some desserts and we had bought these "Delhi Carrots" which are available in Chennai only during Dec-Jan! For some reason these are referred as Delhi Carrots here in Chennai. For one I know they are available in plenty in Delhi! They taste really sweet by themselves than the ordinary carrots and suit best for making halwa or kheer.

Inspired by the very simple steps on Kaveris blog, I instantly set upon preparing the dessert. Should I say it turned out awesome....look for urself:-) They were just out of the world. A very simple and easy to make dessert that can please everyone at the table.


- 4 cups shredded carrots
- 2 cups milk
- 1 or 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp elaichi or cardamom powder
- 2 tbsp ghee, divided
- Few cashews and raisins

Source: Palakkad Chamayal

Prep time: 20 mins           Cook time: 1 hour


- Peel and shred the carrots finely.

- Heat a deep or wide pan and add the ghee. To this add the shredded carrots and fry it for 10 minutes.

- To the fried carrots add the milk and let the carrots cook till the milk is completely absorbed and reduces fully. This may take approx 30 minutes in low flame.

- When the milk has fully evaporated, add the sugar and cardamom powder.

- Now, the carrots will loosen up again. Cook it for a further 10 minutes till the sugar is absorbed into the carrots and the halwa comes together without sticking to the sides of the pan.

- Fry the cashews and raisins in some ghee and garnish the halwa. Serve hot for best taste!

Sending the recipe to Blog hop Wednesdays hosted by Radhika of Tickling Palates

Sending the recipe to Jingle all the way at Edible Entertainment


  1. Irresistible halwa...Can you pass the bowl please:)

  2. yum yum yum... Love carrot Halwa....

  3. Hey Hyma, Thanks for trying out the halwa..and glad to know that you guys liked it...It looks yum! and is winter time special treat in our family.

  4. ooooh it's my fav; looks well done ! hey check out the giveaway in my blog ! cheers

  5. Yummmmm!!!! Can anyone gimme a spoon :-)

  6. Thanks all for your loving words of appreciation

  7. Super delicious halwa, makes me drool.

  8. hyma, you gave super alvaa to everybody...:-). good one & as usual nice camera work to make us realize what good food is all about.

  9. incredible pictorial! :) Would love to include it in my event. If possible, please go through the rules of my event > Jingle All The Way and link your post there.
    (Edible Entertainment)

  10. thanks so much for linking this lip smacking dish to Jingle All The Way. Looks lovely! :)
    Kavi (Edible Entertainment)

  11. carrot halwa looks so tempting :-)loved ur pics !

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  13. Hey keep posting such good and meaningful articles.