Indian Carrot Pudding

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Gajar ka halwa is the name of this simple Indian dessert of grated carrots cooked with sugar, cardamom, and milk. Since carrots are an autumnal vegetable, this dish is typically made in the latter months of the year, and it is one of the best-known sweets associated with Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, which falls between October and November. There are infinite versions of this recipe, they are all easy but require supervision and lots of stirring!

Preparation : 10 min Cooking : 50 min
330 calories/serving


5 carrots 500 g
1/3 cup butter, unsalted, or ghee 80 g
2 cardamom pods 0.4 g
2 cups milk, partly skimmed, 2%, or whole milk 500 mL
4 tbsp sugar 50 g
2 tbsp raisins 20 g
2 tbsp cashews 18 g


  1. Prepare the carrots: Peel and coarsely grate them.
  2. In a large, deep pot heat butter on a medium-low heat, then add crushed cardamom pods and grated carrots. Cook, stirring frequently to prevent sticking and burning at the bottom, until the carrots have wilted, and their liquid has evaporated, about 10 min.
  3. Add milk to the pot and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on low heat, until most all of the liquid has cooked down, about 20-25 min. Make sure to stir at intervals so that the milk does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add raisins and nuts, reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring frequently, until the milk has completely been absorbed by the carrots, and the carrots have become soft and velvety, about 5 additional minutes. Add sugar, and on low heat, stir almost constantly for about 10 more minutes, until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  5. Garnish with more roughly chopped nuts, if you'd like. Serve warm or cold.


Halwa keeps one week in the refrigerator; one month in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 serving (290 g)


% Daily Value




20 g

30 %

Saturated 11.4 g
+ Trans 0.9 g

62 %


50 mg


130 mg

5 %


34 g

11 %


4 g

16 %


26 g

Net Carbs

30 g


6 g

Vitamin A

253 %

Vitamin C

8 %


17 %


6 %


This recipe is :
Diet-related health claims  :
Excellent source of  :
Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Vitamin K
Good source of  :
Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E
Source of  :
Copper, Fibre, Folacin, Iron, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Selenium, Vitamin B1, Zinc
Low  :


1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Fruits ½
Vegetables 1 ½
Milk and Alternatives ½
Fats 3 ½
Other Foods 1

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