Saturday, 22 February 2014

Carrot Halwa - Quick and Easy Microwave method

Carrot Halwa / Gajar ka Halwa is a sweet pudding / dessert made out of grated carrots and sugar and garnished with nuts and dry fruits. It is a famous dessert in North India and served as part of Thali during festivals. It is very light and nutritious dessert and less in fat. Traditional carrot halwa is made on stove top method. This recipe is from the microwave cookbook 'The Joy of Effortless Cooking' and you can make yummy halwa in just 20 min

Preparation Time : 20 Min
Cooking Time : 20 Min
Yield : 4 Serving


  • 1/2 Kg Carrots - Peeled and Grated
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar or less as desired
  • 3 Tablespoon Condensed Milk
  • 1 and 1/2 Teaspoon Ghee ( original recipe uses 2 Tablespoon Ghee; I added 1 Teaspoon ghee just for flavor)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cardamom Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Nuts ( cashews or almonds)
  • 1 Tablespoon Raisins


1. In a microwave safe bowl, mix grated/ shredded carrots, sugar, milk. Microwave covered on High for 10 min
2. Now mix 1 teaspoon ghee and condensed Milk and stir well. Microwave again uncovered for 10 Min stirring 2 to 3 times in between. Keep an eye on the mixture. It might get dry quickly
3. Add cardamom powder and mix well
4. In a small pan, add 1/2 Teaspoon ghee and fry nuts till they are golden. Add raisins and fry till they plum up
5. Add fried nuts and raisins to the carrot halwa and mix. Serve the halwa hot

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