Carrot pudding in Hindi means Gajar Ka Halwa. This dessert is one of the most popular Indian dessert recipe.
Carrot pudding is also known as gajar halwa, gajaracha halwa, carrot halwa, gajar ka halwa. This is a rich sweet dessert made mostly during winters when red carrots are in season.
This is an easy, tasty and delectable Indian dessert that is served during festivals and special occasions such as Diwali, Holi, weddings,thread-ceremony, parties and get-togethers. This carrot pudding never fails to impress the crowd.
I always prefer to use the red carrots that are mainly available during winters for making this carrot pudding (halwa). Those are soft, tender and juicy, unlike the orange carrots.
Making carrot pudding (gajar halwa) can seem difficult but it’s not, it’s just a little bit time-consuming but easy to prepare.
The traditional gajar halwa is made using carrots along with whole full-fat milk, ghee (clarified butter) and sugar. Sometimes milk solids are used such as khoya or mava which gives this carrot halwa a nice creamy and mouthfeel texture.
During winters when red carrots are in season, having a bowl full of carrot pudding / carrot halwa sitting in my refrigerator is a must. It’s like one of those family traditions at our place. An essential element during winters!
The other thing I absolutely love about this carrot pudding is that it has a pretty long shelf-life. It stays good for almost 8-10 days in the refrigerator hence making a big batch of this halwa always comes in handy.
In India, you will come across many halwa variations made with lentils like moong dal halwa where yellow moong dal is used, then dudhi halwa ie bottle gourd halwa that is prepared by grating bottle gourd and cooking it in ghee along with milk, mava / khoya, sugar and milk.
Then there is sooji ka halwa that is semolina pudding. This sooji ka halwa is most common and is whipped up quite quickly unlike moong dal halwa, carrot halwa and dudhi halwa.
There are three popular methods in which this carrot pudding / gajar halwa is prepared.
1 By using just milk and sugar – this is the traditional method. It’s quite time-consuming as it is cooked on low flame as the process of evaporating milk takes time.
2 You can make Gajar ka Halwa with condensed milk.
3 By using khoya / mava which is an evaporated milk solid.
I have already shared the carrot pudding recipe using milk solids, you may check here.
Today I have made this carrot pudding using condensed milk. This winter delicacy is the most preferred choice for many Indians when it comes to choosing their most favourite Indian dessert.
Having a warm bowl of this flavourful, delicious carrot pudding topped with crunchy nuts served during cold, chilly winter evenings will surely uplift your mood.
To make this Gajar Halwa / Carrot Pudding I have used:
Carrots: I have used red carrots here which are tender, soft and juicy.
Condensed Milk: I used 400 grams of condensed milk.
Sugar: I ended up using 2 tablespoons of sugar.
Spice: I have used roughly crushed cardamom seeds here which gives a nice aroma & flavour to this pudding / halwa.
Let’s see how to make Carrot Pudding / Gajar Halwa with basic staple ingredients in your home kitchen.
Serves: 4 Persons
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Cooking level: Easy
- 750 gms Red Carrots
- 3 tablespoon Ghee (Clarified Butter)
- 400 gms Condensed Milk
- 4 tablespoon sugar (as per preference)
- 4-5 Cardamon Pods or 2 teaspoon cardamom powder
- Sliced Almonds
- First step is to peel and grate the carrots, you may use food processor or by using hand grater.
- In a thick bottom pan heat ghee and add peeled & grated carrots.
- Cook on low to medium flame. Keep on stirring occasionally.
- After 10 minutes add condensed milk and cook till the carrots are tender and raw smell fades away.
- As per our personal preference, I add 2 tablespoons of sugar. You may add sugar or skip it altogether.
- The sweetness depends upon how sweet the carrots are hence add sugar accordingly.
- Let the carrots cook along with the condensed milk. Cook carrots till the moisture from the condensed milk evaporates and carrots are tender.
- Lastly, add cardamom powder along with sliced almonds.
- Carrot Pudding (Gajar Ka Halwa) is ready!
- Serve warm or chilled.
If you get your hand on milk solids then adding 2 tablespoons of it will give it a more creamy texture.