Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Festival season- Carrot Halwa

The entire month of Oct is filled with joy, holidays and most importantly sweets! is it not?! So, even at home I am trying to make as many desserts as possible. Usually I dont make these many desserts on any singe month. 

There are soooo many recipes for carrot/gajar halwa. I have tried several of them and here is one of the easiest and quickest. It doesnt take that long to cook because we are not going to be cooking this in milk like the traditional halwa. The other day hubby made chicken biryani and while he was at it, I made this halwa for dessert! Yummy!

Carrots: grated, 2 cups
Sugar: 1/2 to 3/4 cup (increase this according to taste)
Cashew nuts and raisins: a few
Ghee: 5 tbsp
Cardamom powder: a pinch

  • Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed pan and roast the cashews and raisins a little. keep these aside.
  • In the same pan, add the carrots and gently stir for about 5 minutes. 
  • Add sugar to the carrots and keep the flame in medium. Stir once in a while.
  • Let the carrots cook along with sugar for about 15-20 mins. 
  • Stir in the cardamom and check the taste of the halwa. You might want to add more sugar at this point. 
  • Once you are happy with the taste and the rawness of the carrots is gone, add the dry fruits. 
  • Switch off the flame and serve either hot or cold. I like my halwa hot. 
I am also sending this recipe to Roshans Sunday Special Event. as I have made this on a Sunday evening :)
I am also sending this entry to Anu for her Diwali Festival of lights event.


    1. Carrot Halwa looks super delicious and perfect for festive season !!

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    2. Looks yummy and delicious. Advance Diwali wishes to u and ur family

    3. yummy tempting halwa we have not getting carrot just now so ur halwa make me tempting

    4. very nice and love the color....

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    5. Hi Madhu thanks for your comment on my blog and for all your sweet words.
      I totally understand your situation and hats off to you that you are even planning to make exotic dishes for diwali in this situation. I really dont think store bought paneer will work for rasgulla. if you get fresh cottage cheese(the way we sometime buy from sweet shops)that might work but I really dont think thats possible for you to get in Toronto. better you make cheese at home as fresh homemade cottage cheese is the only prerequisite for good rasgulla.

      between you can also make rasogolla'r payes with store bought canned rasgullas. its like a kheer made with rasgulla which is very easy to prepare and looks and tastes exquisite. that would be easier for you and its a never fail dish.

      All the best. have a great party dear and take good care of yourself.

    6. Oh My God. i'm simply drooling here. Wonderful presentation.

    7. Carrot halwa is my favorite,perfectly made..drooling here..

    8. Delicious and inviting carrot halwa..

    9. Hi Madhu
      Carrot halwa looks so delicious.

    10. I love carrot halwa. And the one you have dished out looks fab. Happy Diwali.

    11. delicious looking healthy halwa looks wonderful

    12. thata looks so perfect Madhu..loved it!

    13. Delicious halwa looks yummy.First time here,following you,please do drop at my space.

    14. Desserts most definitely set the mood for all the auspiciousness this month holds,and this gajar halwa is just the right thing to sweeten things.Absolutely yummy!!!

    15. yummy ! yeah, i've somehow regained the appreciation for food :-) Didn't know you had a foodblog... was looking for your email id and finally thought the best way to touchbase would be to leave a message here..

    16. yummy! Always my fav sweet when i lived in Delhi - bengali market would smell a mile away with all their diwali sweets :)

    17. one of my fav dessert....looks delicious