Gajar/Carrot Halwa

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Serves 6-8

An easy yet delicious sweet dish, perfect for all occasions and best served warm but can be had cold too.

1 kg
carrots, chopped into small pieces
1/2 tin evaporated milk + 1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup
milk with a few strands of saffron dissolved in it for boiling the carrots
3/4 cup
1/2 tsp.
cardamom powder
3 heaped tbsp.
butter or ghee
1 tbsp.
flaked or crushed almonds/pistachios for garnishing

Boil the carrot pieces in the quarter cup of milk and saffron for 10 minutes, then grind in a food processor.

Heat your pan and add the butter/ghee plus the oil, then add the crushed carrots and fry on medium heat for about 5minutes.

Lower the heat and fry the mixture until it starts getting dry and begins to stick to the bottom of the pan. You have to keep on stirring.

When it's quite dry and has started releasing some of the oil, add the sugar and cardamom. Keep on stirring and cooking on low heat until the sugar dissolves. Then add the evaporated milk and the half cup of milk and cook for about 5 more minutes or until all the excess moisture dries out.

Switch off and serve, garnished with nuts.




Do you boil the carrots in the 1/2 cup milk and the 1/4 cup milk with saffron together or is the 1/2 cup milk for later on?

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For boiling use the quarter cup of milk that has the saffron. The half cup of evaporated milk and extra milk is added later.

Fauzia JazakaAllah Kheir for sharing your recipes. How many does this recipe feed ?

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It should easily feed 10 people, depending on the portions.

Hi, Is it possible to have the measurements in grams and ml please. this would really help

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Please refer to this note for my measurement conversions: My Measurements

does this evaporated milk mean condenced milk?plz rep fast..

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It will still be fine, just that it won't be as rich in taste.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, yes that is ok, saffron just adds an extra flavour and some colour.

salam.. Is it ok to boil the carrots in a milk without saffron as I do not have it?

And what if I use milk only instead of evaporated milk?

can we add whisked egg to it ?? i added it when i made it 2 years back...n it tasted good...n after 2 days when i wanted to make it fresh for a guest ..i put it on the stove n added another got more rich in is it right???

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Have never tried that technique but you can definitely give it a try.

Amazing recipes:))

Salam Fauzia

Can i grate the carrots in the beginning and boil in milk instead of cutting and then grinding after boiling to avoid the pasty texture in the end?


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W/Salaam, yes you can.

Can I use regular milk instead of evaporated milk as I don't have it ?JazakAllah Khair sister for all the recipes.My cooking starts with your recipes.So easy and tasty !

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Yes you can. Boil the milk until it thickens or reduces by half then use so as to achieve that rich flavour in the halwa. Thanks for the lovely message. :)

Hey fauzia I'm wondering how long does it take for it to make in total as I want to make it for exam but I only have an 1 hour

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Hi, I would recommend that you do a test run at home before doing the exam so you can time yourself. Dishes like this depend on a lot of things like the heat intensity, the size of pan, the type of carrots used etc.