September 27, 2010

Carrot Halwa

Last week was like Food Festival at our home. We cooked special food each and every day due to my brother in law's visit. I think we need to fast this week to compensate last week's high calorie diet. How could I call it a food festival without any sweet treats. I prepared Carrot Halwa one of our favorite sweet. I'm not a big sweet lover but I just like some of the homemade ones. This one is my Mom's specialty. I just remember the days when I was back from school, I would smell the aroma of the ghee and carrots in air when I'm inside my block. I would run upstairs and ask my Mom whether she prepared the halwa and she would say no, may be the aroma is from the neighbor's house. I would not believe her and I would pull a chair and check all the shelves and finally jump out of joy when I find it. She prepares it so well, I used to finish my quota very soon and pester her for more..

Carrot Halwa is a wonderful blend of carrots, milk and sugar, flavored with the exotic cardamom and garnished with the roasted cashews. It is a simple dessert which is a good party recipe. My mom used to spend a lot time in grating carrots but now we can use our food processor and it hardly took 2 minutes. It can be served both warm and cold. I love it both the ways. This is a must try dessert. Just Cook Eat and Enjoy !!!

Preparation Time - 5 minutes

Cooking Time - 15 - 20 minutes

Serves - 4


Grated Carrots - 4 cups
Milk - 3 cups
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Ghee - 4 tbsp
Cardamom pods - 4 - 5 no
Cashews - 8 - 10 no

  • Heat 1/2 tsp ghee and fry the cashews until golden brown and keep aside for garnishing.
  • Grind the cardamom seeds with little sugar into a coarse powder.
  • Heat ghee in a non stick pan and add the grated carrots to it.
  • Saute the carrot for about 10 minutes until it is tender and has changed color.
  • Meanwhile in a heavy bottomed pan boil the milk until for about 10 minutes. Stir the milk often so that it does not gets burnt.
  • Add the milk to the carrot and cook in medium flame until all the milk is dried up. It might take about 10 minutes.
  • Add the sugar to the cooked carrot mixture and mix well.
  • Saute continuously until the halwa starts to leave the edges of the pan and starts to roll.
  • Garnish with the fried cashews.
My Notes
  • Adjust the sugar level according to your taste.
  • You can use other garnishing like golden raisins to make it more richer.
  • Keep an eye on the flame and continuously saute the contents else it might get burnt.



The halwa looks bright and very tempting!

this looks delicious tempting dessert

The dish came out so colourful....I bet it must be tasted divine....

That looks perfect for a sweet escapade after dinner! the color too!

Carrot Halwa looks so deliciously prefect. Can almost smell the aroma of it.

Hamaree Rasoi

Would love to have this with a scoop of vanilla ice cream..

Oh my Shabitha..It looks so delicious ...I have one cominhg soon....

perfectly yummy! love carrot halwa!

What a rich vibrant red color..looks scrumptious..very nicely done Shabitha..loving the pics too!

US Masala

Droolworthy carrot most fav sweet anytime..

No matter how many different types of desserts we come across, this is our all time favourite. This portion is not enough for me :-)

Aha! lovely delicious and tempting carrot halwa.

Bright color and looks delicious...

Delicious and tempting..looks divine.

halwa looks awesome that beautiful orange color ..yummy


Beautiful Color , very tempting halva

YUMMY, YUMMY!!This is really making drool :)such a lovely colour

Love the rich color on the dish!

Love carrot halwa!! This looks tempting..

Carrot halwa looks so colorful and delicious...

you recreated this classic dish so so perfectly. love the richness and the colour. brilliant!

Colorful and perfect halwa. its tempting.

This is one of my favorite desserts. The only reason I do not make it is because I eat all of it. Now u r tempting me.

thank you :) i made it just now...tasted it and felt i'd made sooooo lil....lip smacking....

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