Monday, December 21, 2009

Carrot Halva (Gaajar ka Halva)

Carrot Halva (Gaajar ka Halva):

Shredded carrot cooked in ghee and milk with added sugar and a splash of rose water, a pinch of cardamom powder and a few strands of saffron. Garnished with chopped almonds and pistachios, this dish is an absolute treat for sweet lovers.

This recipe serves 5-6 people.


500 gm carrot.
300 gm granulated sugar.
1 tbsp of ghee
400 ml of milk
1 tbsp of condensed milk.
1 tsp of cardamom powder.
2 tsp of rose water
Few strands of saffron.
Chopped almonds and pistachios.


Wash the carrot and peel and shred them. In a tbsp of milk soak the saffron strands. Heat a pan and add one tbsp of ghee. Add the shredded carrot and give it a good stir. Adding carrots in ghee gives a good aroma. Always use freshly grated carrot for this dish otherwise the color of carrots will turn brown and it won’t look good. After 5-7 minutes add the milk and heat it for another 15-20 mins on medium heat. Keep stirring. The milk will reduce and thicken. Add the sugar and mix it properly. Add cardamom powder, rose water, saffron milk and a tbsp of condensed milk. Keep heating and stirring till the mixture gets the required consistency. Adding condensed milk is optional. I like to add it as it enhances the aroma and taste. Remove from heat when done. Transfer in a serving bowl. Garnish it with chopped almonds and pistachios. Serve hot or cold.

The whole process takes about 40-45 mins after shredding the carrot. But the results are worth the pain. It is one my favorite sweet dish.

1 comment:

  1. hi jyothi, I don't know if you were mistaken, I haven't done any Handhova, you must have posted this comment in my blog, (handova mom's recipe), I usually visit whoever visits my blog, so I came into yours, you have a lovely blog dear, and love the way you have decorated gajar ka halwa, love carrot halva anytime, that is favourite sweet.., will visit you often, and check out on your recipes, do visit my blog and leave your comments too.. take care, and happy blogging, and a very happy new year to you and your family


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