Carrot Halwa is an Indian dessert served hot or cold. The word Halwa means 'Sweet'. I am not a great fan of carrots but I love this dessert ! It is quick to prepare and tastes delish. You can replace carrots with beetroot, it's called beetroot halwa. Which is equally delish!


Ingredients:
I only had 1 cup of carrots leftover for my halwa. Please adjust the quantity as per the ratio.

Shredded carrot - 1 cup
Milk - 1 cup
Sugar- 3/4 cup
Whole Cashews - 2 tbsp
Cardamom powder - pinch
Unsalted butter - 2tbsp
Salt- a pinch!

Preparation:
Heat a wide pan with 2 tbsp butter and add the cashews, fry it for a minute.
Add the shredded carrots and fry for 2 mins.
Mix the cup of milk and allow the carrots to cook in milk, give it a stir every 2 mins.
Add the sugar , salt and cardamom powder. Cook till all the milk gets absorbed.

The halwa wont stick at the bottom due the added butter, in this stage you can turn off the heat and transfer the halwa to different vessel. Else, the halwa will gets burnt at the bottom cause of the remaining heat from the pan.

Serve chilled or hot.

Comments (23)

On April 16, 2009 at 4:30 PM , Claudia said...

Carrots for dessert! Now that's interesting and it does look wonderful. Bookmarked!

 
On April 16, 2009 at 7:53 PM , Kumudha said...

I love carrot halwa. I often make it with rice or almond milk.

So many delicious recipes here!

 
On April 19, 2009 at 2:09 PM , Vrinda said...

Yummy carrot halwa Ann... I always pressure cook grated carrots with milk to save time...but i know it tastes better when cooked slowly..

 
On April 20, 2009 at 9:57 AM , Ann said...

Vrinda - Thats really a tip! Thanks will try that next time.

 
On April 20, 2009 at 10:51 AM , Mary said...

Ann, I've never had this. I'm going to put it on my "to try" list. You have a lovely blog. I'll be back often.

 
On April 20, 2009 at 11:01 AM , Rowena... said...

Ann I did make the paneer again (last night) and it worked! I'm making the paneer peas curry tonight.

 
On April 22, 2009 at 2:35 AM , Rowena... said...

What an interesting dish, and thank you for explaining what halwa means in the first place. The color must be especially gorgeous with the use of beets!

 
On April 22, 2009 at 2:05 PM , Vicky Xavier. said...

carrot halwa looks delicious dear. Tempting me:)

 
On April 22, 2009 at 2:29 PM , Ann said...

Mary - Thanks for visiting the blog and your kind words.

 
On April 22, 2009 at 2:30 PM , Ann said...

Rowena - I'm glad paneer turned out great for you with the fresh milk :) and yes, the beets gives awesome color to the halwa

 
On April 22, 2009 at 2:30 PM , Ann said...

Thanks Viki!

 
On April 22, 2009 at 6:24 PM , Jeena said...

Yum! This looks really good and I bet the hint of cardamon gives it a wonderful flavour and aroma.

 
On April 22, 2009 at 9:06 PM , Ann said...

Thanks Jeena

 
On April 23, 2009 at 7:56 AM , Anita said...

Thanks so much for this recipe, I've been looking for more Indian desserts and this sounds and looks great and tasty!

 
On April 25, 2009 at 5:41 AM , Ozge said...

Hey Ann, I'm back! Oh, never knew carrot halwa (although I know halwa - which we call helva here hehe). Interesting post, before I just thought the only sweet carrot would be featured in was cake.

 
On April 25, 2009 at 6:59 AM , Malar Gandhi said...

Carrot halwa looks super delicious.

 
On April 25, 2009 at 6:51 PM , Ann said...

Hiya Ozge - Thanks for the feedback. lately tried the greek Yogurt.. it was Yum! Thanks to you :)

Anita - Thanks for your feedback
Malar - Thanks

 
On April 25, 2009 at 8:14 PM , kittymatti said...

sooo yummy!

 
On April 26, 2009 at 4:44 AM , Parita said...

Wow i love carrot halwa, i sometimes add little vanilla essence as a twist :)

 
On April 27, 2009 at 3:51 PM , n33ma said...

yummy yummy.....scrumptious

 
On May 26, 2009 at 10:42 PM , HappyTummy said...

gosh, this looks fantastic! i'm going to have to try this one :)

 
On June 18, 2009 at 10:46 PM , Mehak said...

This is so yummy. I used to eat this stuff when I was a kid and poojas. With puris. Unfortunately those days were sacrificed to my never-ending diet.

I wonder if this could be made healthier by using skim milk and splenda. Do you think it would work?

 
On June 19, 2009 at 9:30 AM , Ann said...

Thanks Happy Tummy and Mehak :)

Mehak - You can sure use skim milk or fat free half and Half :) with Stevia(It's healthy natural sweet than artifical Zero calorie sweetner)