Gajar ka halwa
Gajar ka halwa is a slow-cooked carrot dessert from India and Pakistan. The carrots are grated and then cooked until it’s softened and slightly caramelised with the sugar and the milk.
It’s one of the Pakistani desserts that I fell in love with straight away. The only problem is that most of the halwa that we get from the shop or restaurants is a bit too sweet. So I can’t really have it a lot. Because it’s not good for your health, is it?
Therefore I tried to learn how to make it myself so that I can adjust the sugar without losing the deliciousness of gajar halwa.
I tried many recipes. Just like any other food recipes, there are many ways of making this carrot-based dessert.
But after tweaking a few different recipes, I’ve now settled with the recipe I’m sharing with you here. This recipe is based on the ones I learned from my Pakistani family and friends. It’s a simple and easy carrot halwa recipe that uses less sugar.
How to enjoy Gajar Halwa
Gajar halwa is a delightful dessert. Because it can be enjoyed as it is either cold or hot. And you can also have it with cold cream or ice cream.
I love its unique soft texture. And when you have hot gajar ka halwa with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, this carrot halwa just tastes divine.
Simple ingredients for Gajar ka halwa recipe
Needless to say, carrots are the number one ingredient for gajar ka halwa. Otherwise, the name won’t bear gajar which literally means carrots ?.
Sugar and salt
You only need about ⅓ cup of sugar with ½ tsp of salt. So you don’t really have to spend extra on this one.
This spice gives aroma. Some people take out the seeds and just put the cardamom seeds when cooking the carrots. I sometimes do, but often don’t.
Regular whole milk will be good. But of course, you can use semi-skimmed milk. For vegan gajar halwa, you can use vegan milk options such as almond milk, etc.
Traditionally, Pakistanis and Indians put ghee instead of butter. I personally prefer butter as I’m not keen on ghee. But this recipe is very forgiving. You can always swap to ghee if that’s what you like.
For vegan gajar halwa, you can substitute the butter with margarine or almond butter.
Almond and/or pistachio (optional)
You don’t really have to use almond or pistachio. Especially if you have a nut allergy. But if you’re okay with these nuts, you can chop some of them and sprinkle over the gajar halwa just before serving.
Easy way to make carrot halwa
Firstly, you grate the carrots. And you can do so by using a regular grater, or a food processor.
Secondly, you cook the carrots with the cardamom pods until it gets softened and all the liquid from the carrots evaporates.
Thirdly, add the sugar, salt and milk in. And cook the carrot halwa until all the milk dries up and the carrots become soft, a bit caramelised and have the aroma of cardamom.
Lastly, put the butter in and sprinkle the chopped pistachio or almond flakes just before serving.
Thank you for reading this post. I hope you’re now intrigued to try the recipe. If you do try, it will be awesome if you can share what you think about it in the comments below. And please feel free to share the recipe to those who may like it, pin it in your Pinterest.
Before you go, don’t forget to check my other recipes that you may also love.
- Apple and raspberry crumble.
- Dairy-free chocolate brownies traybake.
- Vanilla velvet cake in Frozen themed colours.
- Crispy and fluffy potato donuts.
- Agar-agar milk pudding with condensed milk and raspberries.
- Mung bean dessert with coconut milk: Indonesian Bubur Kacang Hijau.
Thank you and all the best.