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Gajar Ka Halwa

I had to start this post with that pic… I know I am a little late and summer is almost here but I somehow absolutely forgot about it but guys you are still getting those red carrots… make it one last time before they vanish from the market… I surely will and then how can I not have something sweet for holi 🙂

Gajar Ka Halwa (and I refuse to call it carrot halwa it just sounds something different also I am reminded of the carrot halwa that u get here made out of those orange carrots and that is just not my cup of tea 🙂 ) is one of my all time favorite desserts. I remember how we would start waiting for red (those orange carrots were not available in delhi in those days.. carrot used to be only red and available only in winters) carrots to come right from October so that we get to eat halwa 😀 😀 😀 and that patterns continues still

Hope you too enjoy the recpie


  • 2 kg red carrots
  • 500 ml cold milk
  • 250 gms khoya (if u dont have khoya available which is usually the case in Bangalore u this recpie to quickly make it. Its microwave recpie for palkhoa, just be careful to reduce the sugar u add later)
  • sugar to taste (i usually like it less sweet so I put about 3 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 cup mixed dry fruits


  • Shred the carrots (take care to not make them too fine they become too soggy if u do that)
  • Put the carrots and cold milk together on the stove in a big kadai (putting it together and the milk being cold is very important else there is a tendency for the milk to curdle)
  • Simmer stirring often and let it cook till the carrots are about half done…
  • Add sugar and ghee to it… this point of time carrots will leave a lot of water, let it dry. By the time water dries the carrot will be almost cooked
  • Let it simmer for another 10 mins or so
  • Add the khoya and dry fruits to it and roast for about 10 mins on low heat
  • Serve hot

My mouth is watering seeing the picture and I so want to make it again… Also I was thinking of making gujiya for this holi I have never made them before so if any of you have a fool proof recipe or tips please to send 🙂

On the other hand gosh will  u all mommy bloggers specially the ones in US tell me how the hell do you manage the house, cooking, kid and a blog single handedly??? I have just been doing it since 2 days and I think I am dead, the brat is sleeping right now so I squeezed some time to write a post, I still haven’t opened the reader and replied to the comments…. and here atleast I have a housekeeping maid who comes and go.. I bow to u all 🙂 apart from the work load we three are really enjoying this phase… this is the first time ever we have had as a family alone…. mil lives with us and the sometimes that she has gone visiting to sil’s house the maid has been there… It suddenly feels so nice to have the whole house to ourselves… (Disclaimer : My mil is nice I am not saying anything against her 😉 its just that the feeling of three as a family is very nice..)

and holi is here too… so here is wishing all u guys a very happy holi… keep the spirit of the festival and play sensibly… drink a lot of bhang 😉 Happy Holi

PS: the above pic is taken somewhere on the highway during our Delhi-Bangalore Drive

31 comments on “Gajar Ka Halwa

  1. Phoenixritu
    February 26, 2010

    Looks delicious Monika

  2. Swaram
    February 26, 2010

    Happy Holi to u too Mons 🙂
    Enjoy the family time 😉

  3. UmaS
    February 26, 2010

    Mouth-watering Gajar ka halwa !!! Now, you are tempting me to do it. Its my daughter’s fav !!! 🙂

    Happy holi to you too !!!

  4. Tara
    February 26, 2010

    in dubai we only have those orange gajar (whole thru the year).. the red ones are sweet hv quite diff taste. anyways, this dish will always remain one of my fav’s..

    Happy holi monika 🙂 may ur gujia’s turn great.

    • monikamanchanda
      March 1, 2010

      yeah same in blore… only from the past 2 yrs we are getting some red carrots here else the halwa used to be send from home in winters 😉

      i did make them tara but they are just ok ok something is missing somewhere

  5. Bharti
    February 26, 2010

    Happy Holi to you all too M!!
    Enjoy this colorful time..
    and thanks for reminding me of gajar halwa..we usually get those faded orange carrots only and seeing them i am never motivated to make halwa. But now I am tempted. Perhaps a gud idea for holi and hubby’s bday 🙂
    Send me the gujia recipe if you get one. i love them and really want to make them.

    • monikamanchanda
      March 1, 2010

      yeah i know what u mean but something is better than nothing girl go make it

  6. Pal
    February 26, 2010

    Mmmmmmmm… wants some tooooooo…. I just made gulab-jamun today btw 🙂 as a friend’s family is coming to dinner!! Yay!! Abt the ‘three of us world’ I completely understand your sentiments.. I had first lived in a joint family post-marriage, and then moving to a nuclear one was like going to heaven 🙂

  7. Smitha
    February 26, 2010

    Happy Holi, Monika! And that gajar ka halwa looks good enough to die for! I always had a tough time with it because we don’t get Khoya here. Btw, I used to get Khoya in Foodworld when I was in Blore. Here – no such luck. But will try your microwave recipe for sure. It would be great to surprise husband with it 🙂 Although we just get orange carrots here, it will still be nice 🙂

    • monikamanchanda
      March 1, 2010

      yeah i know we do it here too sometimes and sometimes no luck… try and tell me did u like it?

  8. Homecooked
    February 27, 2010

    Yummy Monika…delicious!!!! Happy Holi to u and your family 🙂 Have a colourful one! Lked the disclaimer bit in the end too 😉

  9. Aathira
    February 27, 2010

    Happy Holi to you Monika…

    We are making bhaang at home.. so thats gonna be alotta fun I guess 🙂 and obviously I shall drink a lot of it… is healthy too!

    • monikamanchanda
      March 1, 2010

      wow i should have invited myself over,,, making bhang at home awesome

  10. Indian Homemaker
    February 27, 2010

    This winters I did not make any gajar-ka-halwa – it was sent by my mom each time 🙂 Now I am calling her to find out when is she making it next 🙂 Or maybe this time I will send some to her for Holi.

    Gosh I want gujhiyas too ….!!!

  11. mandira
    March 1, 2010

    oh man.. I LOVE gajjar ka halwa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. mandira
    March 1, 2010

    n i love that neat holi ke rang ki cart… 🙂

  13. Munchkin's Mom
    March 2, 2010

    yum yum yum…btw the rajma turned out brilliant!

    youve been tagged ..come and collect it!

    • monikamanchanda
      March 3, 2010

      yeah i saw the tag the date of the contest is over unfortunately but I think I will still do it 😀

      thanks dear

      and so glad for the rajma

  14. Abha
    March 3, 2010

    oooh! the halwa looks awesome!!

    and the threesome time sounds good too! even Cubby’s Amma has gone on chhutti for her daughter’s wedding and i am going crazy trying to work from home and manage everything else! so all the folks who manage it without any help are awesome! 🙂

    hope you had a fun holi!


    • monikamanchanda
      March 3, 2010

      yeah some days and we go mad… how do these guys ever manage?

  15. Reema
    March 15, 2010

    Thanks for the recipe of the famous Gajar Ka Halwa…will try it next winter. Its time for Panah now 🙂

  16. Munchkin's Mom
    July 1, 2010

    Am making this tday using your recipe 🙂 Nice blog look!

  17. Indian Homemaker
    January 18, 2012

    Decided to torture myself with this 🙂
    And just thought I would scroll upwards and what do I find, there is comment from me… but I don’t remember reading this blog, let alone reading this recipe. But that comment is mine no doubt, and my mom’s bringing me gajjar ka halwa again today!

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