Gajar Halwa


A classic Indian sweet, often termed as a luxury as it is made of khoya, saffron, cardamom, loads of ghee: all very rich flavors.

The husband who is a “sweet hater”, promptly agreed when I asked whether he wants me to make this sweet. One of the very less numbers of sweets he eats. The “sweet lover” in me did a little, hmmm not a little but a long happy dance.

My last post was about the best comfort brekkie for this weather, and this is a perfect dessert!

Though I did not use Khoya in this dish, I used an ingredient… the one ingredient that transports me to the kiddie days when I used to sneak into the kitchen when no one was watching, dip my finger into the tin and happily lick away… and always mom used to know what I did, when she sees a cut / scratched finger.

Did anyone guess which ingredient I am talking about??? Yes! Milk Maid it is! Most famous condensed milk in India.

So, here goes the recipe ..

  1. 2 cups ( tightly packed ) Grated carrots
  2. ½ tin sweetened condensed milk ( Milk Maid )
  3. 4 pods of cardamom, crushed
  4. 100 ml + 2tsp full fat milk
  5. 4-5 strands of saffron
  6. 10 toasted almonds
  7. 5 TBSP ghee

Heat the ghee in a wide skillet, add in the grated carrot and fry for 5 minutes on very low flame.

Soak the saffron in 2 tsp of milk for 5 minutes.

Add in the condensed milk, full fat milk, saffron infused milk and simmer for 20 minutes. Now add in the crushed cardamom, garnish with almonds and serve warm.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Deesha says:

    beautiful .. My favorite dessert 🙂

  2. Kalpana says:

    wow super yummy my fav.. looks so wow

    1. chandhana says:

      Thank you Kalpana! yeah super yummy it is!

  3. Jay says:

    Hy Chandana,
    just found your space.. love your space..
    nice presentation..
    gajar ka halwa sounds irresistable n hearty..
    happy following you..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

    1. chandhana says:

      Hey Jay,

      Thank you! and you have a beautiful blog too!

  4. Kalyan says:

    Just mouthwatering…looks so easy to prepare & delicious!

    1. chandhana says:

      thank you Kalyan! yeah it is quite easy!

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