Gajar Ka Halwa

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Gaajar ka Halwa is a traditional Pakistani dessert made in the winters when beautiful red carrots are in season.
  • PREP TIME: 30 minutes
  • COOK TIME: 30 minutes
  • SERVINGS: 8 persons
Gajar Ka Halwa


  • 1 Kg red peeled and shredded carrots
  • 250 grams sugar
  • 250 grams khoya
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 tablespoon oil/ghee
  • 3-4 pieces green cardamom
  • 50 grams pistachio thinly sliced for garnishing
  • 50 grams almonds thinly sliced for garnishing
  • Cream (optional)


  • 1. Put 2 tablespoons of oil/ghee in a pan and heat it.
  • 2. Put 3-4 cardamoms in the heated oil.
  • 3. After heating the cardamom in the oil, put shredded carrots in at a high flame.
  • 4. Two-three minutes after, put in the sugar and stir it to prevent it from burning at the bottom.
  • 5. Close the lid and adjust the flame to a medium-low.
  • 6. Let it cook for 5 minutes.
  • 7. Take off the lid and increase the flame.
  • 8. Add Khoya and stir it occasionally until all the water dries out.
  • 9. When the oil starts to seep out from the sides, your dish is ready.
  • 10. Dish out the Halwa in a bowl, and in the pan put in 1 tablespoon of oil/ghee.
  • 11. Heat up the oil at a medium flame and then put in the sliced Pistachios and Almonds.
  • 12. As the Pistachios and Almonds start to slightly darken and the aroma comes out, they are roasted and can be used to decorate the Halwa.


Photo credits: Hania Baweja Never leave the shredded carrots in exposed air; they will turn black. To enhance the flavor of Gajar ka Halwa, serve it with cream.
Shireen Ahad
Shireen Ahad For more recipes from the author, click here I am a mother of four children and consider my hobby of cooking food as my fifth child. All five need, love, care, nurturing and great understanding. I run a home catering business by the name of Spices and other than that I enjoy crocheting.
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