Some dishes never lose their glory nor they are ever out of trend, one such classic dessert is Gajar Ka Halwa. The winter season in North India is so incomplete without homemade gajar ka halwa. The seasonal juicy, long, deep-orange carrots are the soul of a deliciously perfect gajar ka halwa. These winter carrots have altogether different taste and texture than the regular small carrots; with a hint of natural sweetness, these are just perfect for making carrot halwa.
I have some sweet memories related to Gajar Ka Halwa back from childhood when loads of carrots use to come from our farm. The ladies and kids in the family used to sit in a circle and grate carrots while basking in the winter sun and munching peanuts. Then my great-grandmother used to cook Gajar Ka Halwa on the wood fire (chullah) and let the gajar halwa simmer in cow’s milk for hours. At night after dinner we all use to relish Gajar Ka Halwa – sometimes I feel spending my childhood in a joint family has taught me so many things like sharing, eating together, socializing and most importantly teamwork.
I have tried different recipes for Gajar Ka Halwa but every time I ended up with a mushed up Gajar Ka Halwa. Then finally I discussed the gajar ka halwa recipe with my aunt (father’s sister) who lives in Nainital and is a fabulous cook. Her husband’s family owns this famous sweet shop in Nainital, Mamu’s from past three generations. So she shared with me this recipe of Gajar Ka Halwa, the way it is cooked in her home and the end result is simply divine! No condensed milk, no milk just three ingredients – carrot, mawa, and sugar. And the best part about this gajar halwa recipe is it is partly cooked in a pressure cooker. That saves a lot of time and effort.
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Gajar Halwa Recipe (Carrot Halwa)
Gajar Halwa or carrot halwa is a gluten-free classic Indian dessert made with - grated carrots, khoya (evaporated milk), milk and sugar. This no ghee carrot halwa recipe is a family heirloom that requires only 10 minutes in an instant pot or pressure cooker.Print Pin Rate
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 adults
- 500 gram carrot
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 100 gram Khoya/Mawa
- 1/2 Cup Water, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
- 2 tablespoon sliced dry fruits (for garnish)
- 1/2 cup milk
- Wash, peel and grate the carrots. While grating carrot use the bigger holes of the grater than the smaller ones to have long strands.
- In a stovetop pressure cooker add grated carrots, water and sprinkle sugar on top do not mix. Close the lid and cook the carrots for one whistle over low heat. After one whistle, turn off the heat. And release the steam manually from the pressure cooker.
- Heat a heavy-duty pan. Transfer the carrots to the pan along with milk. Keep flame on low. Start roasting the carrots till all the moisture is evaporated/absorbed by the carrots and the halwa starts leaving the sides of the pan.
- Add cardamom powder and crumbled khoya. Mix nicely. Keep on cooking the halwa on low flame stirring frequently for the next 5 - 10 minutes or till khoya is nicely combined with the carrots. Turn off the heat.
- Garnish carrot halwa with sliced pistachio and almonds. If you prefer, fry sliced dry fruits in a tablespoon of ghee for garnishing the halwa.
- Serve Gajar Ka Halwa warm.
Serving: 100Grams | Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 440mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 57g | Vitamin A: 21046IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 246mg | Iron: 1mg
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