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Popular Indian Dessert : Low Calorie Gaajar Ka Halwa (Carrot Dessert)

Updated on August 15, 2017

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There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last.

---Robert Louis Stevenson



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Carrot halwa or the popular Gazar ka halwa
Carrot halwa or the popular Gazar ka halwa | Source

Gajar Ka Halwa: A Very Popular Indian Desert Most Suitable For Winter Season!

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  • Anyone, who has been to India, must have heard about this delicious recipe or sweet dish.
  • It is one of the most popular Indian Desert. Simple to prepare and so delicious and nutritious.
  • It is served as a Desert, at festivals, weddings and just any kind of celebrations.
  • Though carrots can be found all round the year, but winter carrots are the most juicy and sweet.
  • The uniqueness of the Desert is that it is to be served hot and secondly, although being a Desert, it can be prepared without adding any sugar due to the natural sweetness of carrots.
  • As such it can be safely consumed by diabetic persons too or any Calorie conscious person.

# Prepare it as a low calorie dessert:

Normally at festivals, lot of Pure Ghee and khoya or thickened milk is added to Gajar Halwa, which sure makes it a very rich and high calorie food.

This of course tastes delicious, but here I have not used much ghee and no khoya at all, to keep the recipe low in calorie and high in nutrition.

# Health Benefits of Carrots:

We all know the health benefits of carrots. It is rich in Vitamin A, which is good for eyesight, and also has fiber and Antioxidants, like Beta Carotene.

Therefore it is so easy to feed this to the children the required nutrition, by means of this healthy dish, which they like very much.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: 4

Ingredients

  • 500 grams. Fresh carrots, grated
  • 1 litre milk
  • 2 tablespoonful sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoonful pure ghee or unsalted butter or refined cooking oil
  • 10 almonds, chopped
  • 1 tablespoonful raisins
  • 4-5 green cardamoms, powdered
  • 10 cashew nuts, broken into two
  • 1 sheet silver foil, optional
  • Lots of LOVE and Patience
Grated Carrot
Grated Carrot | Source
Gajar ka halwa being cooked in milk
Gajar ka halwa being cooked in milk | Source

Preparations and Procedure---

  1. Select carrots carefully. The ones which are firm, smooth, bright in their orange color and are generally straight. They should not be cracked or broken. Their heads should be intact and leafy. Wash the carrots thoroughly, then grate them. Assemble the dried fruits and powder the green cardamom.
  2. Place one deep, thick bottomed pan of at least 2 to 3 liter capacity, on medium flame. Pour milk into the pan and bring to boil. Normally full cream milk is used to make this recipe, but I have used double toned or low fat milk here. Add grated carrots and reduce flame to minimum heat.
  3. Let the mixture cook on low flame, till the whole milk is reduced or evaporated. Keep on stirring occasionally. Add sugar and pure ghee or refined cooking oil. You will find the mixture gets a gloss. Keep on stirring the entire mixture.
  4. Add the raisins, cashew nuts, almonds and green cardamom powder. Keep turning the mixture for another 5 minutes. Decorate with lightly fried almonds and silver foil( optional). Serve hot.
  5. This recipe is best prepared on low flame. This will bring out the nice, glossy texture, which will not happen, if cooked on a fast cooking mode such as Microwave or Pressure cooker.
Fresh carrots
Fresh carrots | Source

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The Health Benefits Of Carrots


We all know about the many health benefits of carrots.

  • It contains very high amount of Vitamin A and C and dietary fiber.
  • It is very low in calories and very good for eye health.
  • You can consume carrots in many ways, such as juice, soup, salads etc.
  • It is good to include carrots, in the daily diet of your children.
  • Children love the taste of carrot halwa and what better way to feed them the healthy carrots in this way.
  • You can even make cakes with grated carrots.

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Carrot halwa or Gazar ka halwa: A mouth watering Indian Dessert!
Carrot halwa or Gazar ka halwa: A mouth watering Indian Dessert! | Source

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      Chitrangada Sharan 19 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Dianna, for your kind visit and comments!

      Carrot is so versatile and nutritious and this is the season of those sweet juicy carrots. I use it almost in every meal nowadays.

      I am sure you would like this low calorie version of carrot halwa.

      I am fine and gearing up to welcome the New Year with family and friends. Thank you and a very Happy and Prosperous New Year to you and your family!

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      Dianna Mendez 19 months ago

      I love the ingredients in this recipe. I have been using carrots more these days and will add this suggestion to my list of "must-try". Hope all is well in your world today, dear lady.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Kathryn Stratford, for visiting this hub and your appreciative comments.

      This is a very popular recipe in India. I love carrot salads. Hope you would love carrot halwa as well.

      Thanks and have a great day!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This looks delicious! I just made a carrot salad the other day, with raisins, but this is different than any I've tried. I will keep this in mind for later, because it looks decadent, and I love carrots.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I am so glad, this recipe reminded you about your parents. This means a lot to me. Thanks for your lovely comment.

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      visionandfocus 4 years ago from North York, Canada

      Gajar halwa is my dad's favourite mitai! When I was living in England, I would always stop by at Ambala's to buy him some when I went home for the holidays. I must copy this recipe and e-mail it to my mom.

      Thanks for sharing! Voted up and awesome!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks DDE, for your comments. I am glad you liked it.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sounds a lovely treat and is a great idea and a bit different with the addition of carrots.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Nell Rose, for visiting and your appreciative comments. It is always a pleasure to hear from you.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Sounds absolutely delicious, and very healthy too, I will have to try it, as I love carrots! thanks, nell

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks ayusl, for your visit and feedback.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks unknown spy for your visit and comment.

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      ayusl 4 years ago

      It's delicious. I enjoyed it when I was in India.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thanks for sharing this recipe chit.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks MsDora, for your visit and comments.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks DDE, for your kind comments.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Sounds simple enough. Thanks for giving us another easy recipe to try.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sounds a lovely treat thanks for sharing

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks sgbrown, for your visit and support. I am pleased you liked the recipe. Thanks for voting up.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This sounds delicious! I love carrots, raisins and nuts, how could I not love this! Definitely a must try! Voting this up and useful! Thank you for sharing your recipe. :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks aviannovice, for your visit and support.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Seeker7, for your visit and appreciation. I am sure you would love it and make it again and again. Thanks for voting up.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This sure looks like a winner to me. Keep 'em coming!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Oh what a lovely recipe! I love carrots but I also love almmonds, cashews and raisins and they are all included in this wonderful recipe! It's the first time I've heard of this dessert but it sounds delicious and I'll have to have a go at making it. Also, as you say, there is a lot of nutrition in this dish as well!

      Fabulous hub and wonderful recipe - voted up + shared!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks mr-veg, for your visit and comments. I am sure it will taste very fine with Gud too.

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      Nice recipe, one of my favorites. I have also made gajar halwa in different ways, one of them is to use Gud or jaggery instead of milk ...