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Gajar ka Halwa - Indian Carrot Pudding (gluten-free)

Gajar ka Halwa also known as Gajrela or Indian Carrot Pudding is an Indian dessert often made during the winter months and Diwali.

Course Desserts
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Carrots, Diwali
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 333kcal
Author Nisha


for Gajar ka Halwa

  • 2 tbsp ghee divided (1 tbsp and 1 tbsp)
  • 4 cups organic carrots peeled & shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups organic whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup cashews unsalted chopped

for garnish


  • Peel the carrots. Shred the carrots using the smaller side of the shredder. You can do it by hand or use a food processor.
  • Heat a wok on medium heat, once hot, add 1 tbsp of ghee.
  • Add the carrots and saute for about 8 minutes until the color of the carrots changes.
  • Keep stirring to avoid burning. This is a labor of love.
  • Add milk to the carrots. Cook the carrots and milk down for 6-7 minutes until all the milk is absorbed by the carrots.
  • Keep stirring to avoid sticking and burning.
  • Once all the milk is absorbed, this is what you should have.
  • Add the sugar.
  • Immediately after, add 1 more tbsp of ghee.
  • Keep stirring. until all the water is absorbed which is left behind by the sugar. This process will take about 5-6 minutes.
  • Once done, add cardamom powder. Stir.
  • Add chopped cashews. You can also add almonds, pistachios, and raisins, however I just stick with cashews.
  • Mix well.
  • Dry roast the Gajar ka Halwa for a couple more minutes so the color of the carrots deepens slightly.
  • Enjoy with a cup of my Kadak Masala Chai.

Nutrition Facts
Gajar ka Halwa - Indian Carrot Pudding (gluten-free)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 333 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 130mg6%
Potassium 656mg19%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 21532IU431%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 152mg15%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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