Carrot Halwa is a popular desert in India and Asian cooking.
This desert recipe is very popular and mostly served as desert in many Indians weddings.
It is very easy to make with minimal ingredients required. I learnt this recipe from my mom who makes the best carrot halwa. When i was in my teens, i use to make this halwa for my brother and we both used to finish the whole bowl in minutes. I remember this halwa was the first desert i made for my father-in-law and he also enjoyed it thoroughly. I cherish many such sweet moments whenever i am cooking this halwa.
This rich and delicious halwa is generally made with fresh red carrots, sugar, milk, khoya. The quantity of the ingredients can be doubled or tripled on need basis.
Let’s start the cooking.
4tbsp Ghee. (I generally add more ghee but you can adjust it per your preference.)
2 cups of peeled and grated carrots
1-2cups Sugar [You can replace sugar with powdered jaggery but i have made this with sugar.]
2cups of Milk
Step 1 – Grating the carrots
Wash the fresh carrots thoroughly and grate them to medium thickness in food processor or you can use a hand grater. Avoid grating the carrots too thinner else the halwa can become very mushy and if too thick, then the carrot pieces will stand out. You can also add grated beetroot with carrots while preparing the halwa but this recipe i made has only carrots.
Step 2 – Preparing the Halwa
Now, take a deep-bottomed pan and add ghee in it over medium flame. Once the ghee is sufficiently hot, Add the grated carrots and saute the carrots until the turn softer for about 5mins. This will also remove the tangy flavor from the carrots. You need to keep stirring in regular intervals to avoid sticking at bottom of pan. This will need a lot of muscle work but its totally worth the effort in the end. If you are preparing this for the first time then take a small batch of carrots. Once the carrots have turned bit softer, you can add Milk and keep stirring until all the milk is fully reduced and soaked in by the carrots. You can then add sugar and khoya and keep mixing. If you do not have khoya you can increase the quantity of milk and skip khoya. But adding khoya enhances the flavor of the halwa. Sugar quantity can be adjusted per your preference.
Step 3 – Serve the Carrot Halwa
Once cooked, you can transfer the carrot halwa in to a medium size bowl. You can garnish the Halwa with thin sliced almonds and cashews.
Our desert is ready to be served and enjoyed.