Carrot Halwa (Gajar Halwa) is a creamy fudge made from fresh carrots, condensed milk and an array of exotic spices.
Carrot Halwa (Gajar Halwa)
By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime
This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.
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Carrot Halwa (Gajar Halwa) is my recipe of the day with Spring Sweets Week. This is an annual event held by prominent food bloggers in association with various businesses who provide samples of the ingredients to bake with.
The Spring Sweets Week Giveaway is at the bottom of the post.
Don’t forget to enter to win!
Today I am sharing a recipe for Carrot Halwa, also called Gajar Halwa. Halwa is a type of Indian dessert fudge that can be made with a number of ingredients. In this version, the focus is on carrots. I’ve been a huge fan of this dessert since first trying it on an Indian buffet in Sharonville, Ohio some years back.
(Sadly, that restaurant is no longer in business. But they did inspire me to make my own version, so theirs lives on in a sense.)
This recipe also includes sweetened condensed milk, coconut water, and a variety of spices besides carrots. Also, throw in some raisins and cashews for texture and taste. The flavor is exotic and perfectly sweet. It is the perfect finishing touch for any type of meal including curry.
My halwa is made with carrots from Melissa’s Produce, of course. They are one of the event sponsors and you can enter to win a fruit basket from them further down the page.
One of the flavorings in the halwa is from Taylor and Colledge, using their organic vanilla bean paste. As another event sponsor, they will be offering a prize of pastes as well to use in your own baking.
Tuesday #SpringSweetsWeek Recipes
- Blueberry Pear Muffins with Allspice by Blogghetti
- Carrot Cinnamon Rolls by Magical Ingredients
- Carrot Halwa (Gajar Halwa) by Palatable Pastime
- Dried Orange Slices by Art of Natural Living
- Key Lime Pistachio Cheesecake Bars by The Spiffy Cookie
- Lemon Ginger Smoothie by Cookaholic Wife
- Meyer Lemon Upside Down Cake by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Orange Creamsicle Coffee Caramels by Sweet Beginnings
- Orange Liqueur by That Recipe
- Pear Ginger Bread by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Slow Cooker Butterscotch Pears by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Yellow Dragon Fruit Refresher by Jen Around the World
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Carrot Halwa (Gajar Halwa)
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Carrot Halwa (Gajar Halwa)
Carrot Halwa (Gajar Halwa)
- 1 pound fresh carrots finely grated
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup coconut water sweetened
- 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
- 1/4 cup golden raisins
- 1/4 cup cashews
- pinch saffron
- 14 ounces canned sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup brown sugar or jaggery
Finishing Spices and Flavors:
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Combine carrots and butter in a large saucepan and cook until slightly soft.
- Add remaining ingredients for the halwa and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes.
- You'll stir less at first and just about constantly towards the end.
- Once thickened, stir in the cardamom, vanilla and cinnamon.
- Cool down, the chill before serving.
- Sprinkle with additional raisins, coconut and/or toasted cashews as a garnish if you like.
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Spring Sweets Week
Welcome to #SpringSweetsWeek 2023 hosted by Heather from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks! The sun is shining, the weather is getting warmer, and we are celebrating the beginning of spring with plenty of spring sweets and a fun giveaway!
This year 20 food bloggers from around the country are sharing over 75 sweet recipes that are perfect for spring. So get ready to enjoy amazing spring treats like cupcakes, cookies, pies, jams, and even a few beverages!
Thank you to our #SpringSweetsWeek sponsors that are helping us give away some great prizes. Thank you to Melissa’s Produce, Anolon, Taylor and Colledge, and Selefina Spices for your generosity and support. We have an incredible giveaway with four amazing prizes and would love it if you would take a moment to read about it and the prizes that you can win!
Contest Giveaway Info:
Prize #1: A Fresh and Dried Organics Basket from Melissa’s Produce.
One winner will enjoy an abundance of fruit with Melissa’s Fresh and Dried Organics Basket. This hand-woven basket holds a delicious combination of fresh and dried Organic fruits and is carefully wrapped with cellophane and finished with a colorful ribbon. Melissa’s Produce has everything from common apples and bananas to exotic passion fruit and kumquats.
Prize # 2: A $30 Gift certificate to Selefina Spices.
One winner will enjoy a $30 gift certificate to buy all their favorite spices for cooking and baking! Selefina Spices sells an assortment of spices gathered using dedication and care with which we’ve curated their online tea collection. With our decades of experience sourcing products and establishing global connections their mission is to be able to bring you fresher, higher-quality spices and seasonings at lower prices.
Prize #3: A selection of 4 extract pastes from Taylor and Colledge.
One winner will receive a selection of extracts to include almond, lemon, organic vanilla bean, and lavender. In 1897, Taylor & Colledge won its first award for excellence in vanilla. Since then, the Taylor & Colledge commitment for unsurpassed quality has earned its reputation as one of the world’s finest producers of vanilla.
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One winner will win a 2-piece set of 13-inch x 18-inch half sheet baking pans for cookies! These aluminized steel professional sheet pans deliver unmatched durability and heat conduction for incredibly reliable results and are oven safe to 550°F. You’ll be able to bake all your favorite cookies to perfection. Anolon Pro Bakeware gives you professional grade bakeware at affordable prices.
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I’ve never heard of this but a creamy carrot fudge? I’d love to try this!
I love Halwa and yours sounds amazing Sue.
I’ve heard of this but I’ve never made it or tried it. I am adding this to the must try list.
I’ve never heard of this, but I’m totally excited when I see healthier sweets!
I’ve never heard of this but it sure looks delicious!
This is one of my favorites! This recipe is a keeper.