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Gajar Ka Halwa – Carrot Pudding

Gajar Ka Halwa or Gajar Halwa, our dessert today is Punjabi (Indian) in nationality but loved internationally. Gajar ka Halwa is made at weddings and on special occasions, but I’m not waiting for someone to get married or throw a party to have this delight.

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Punjab is a state located in the northwest of India. The people of Punjab, are very particular about their food. They always pick fresh ingredients and accept nothing but the best, and you can see that in every angle of their lives, including cooking. Hence, Gajar ka halwa (Carrot Pudding) is popular and wonderful in taste.

gaar ka halwa served in two bowls.

Making Gajar Ka Halwa

It’s amazing how you turn a vegetable like a carrot to awesome tasting dessert. This creamy in texture, rich, and sophisticated delicacy is now diabetic friendly and with fewer calories.

I am not using cream in making Gajar halwa, I am using milk, but the result will be a satisfying treat.

butter melting in a pan

shredded carrot added to pan.

water added to shredded carrot

sugar added to carrot

Milk added to carrot

Butter added at the end of making gajar halwa

I am not following the exact authentic method of making gajar ka halwa, because we are trying to make it low in calories. To make gajar halwa, orange colored, and red colored carrots can be used.

We start with adding butter and shredded carrot to a pan and frying the carrot on medium heat for 5 minutes. Then we add water and let the mixture simmer until the water evaporates, later we add the sugar and the milk with cardamom powder and saffron threads.

We cook the mixture until creamy and if you wish you can add a tablespoon of butter at the end just to make the dish richer.  

over head shot of gajar ka halwa

gajar ka halwa in a spoon.

Low in Calories And amazing

Usually, a serving of gajar ka halwa has 350 calories or maybe more. My version of gajar halwa has 204 calories but you get to enjoy the same delicious taste. I promise that you’ll lick the spoon clean after tasting this dessert!

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Gajar Ka Halwa - Carrot Pudding

Creamy carrot pudding and Indian delight served on weddings and now you can make it at home with fewer calories.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Gajar Ka Halwa
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 204kcal


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups grated carrot
  • 2 1/2 cups hot water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • Pinch of saffron optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder


  • In a hot pan, melt the butter.
  • Add the carrot. Stir over medium heat, for 4 minutes.
  • Add hot water and let it simmer until the water evaporates.
  • Add sugar. Stir. Add milk, saffron, and cardamom. Stir occasionally.
  • Gajar ka halwa is done when the milk evaporates but the mixture is in a creamy consistency.
  • You can add a tablespoon of butter and stir if you want this dessert to be richer.
  • Gajar ka halwa is best served warm.


This recipe was originally posted on November 2013. It's been updated with new text and images.


Calories: 204kcal
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gajar halwa ready to be eaten.


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Gajar Halwa or Gajar Ka Halwa, an Indian dessert made of carrot and milk, perfumed with saffron and cardamom. Served in wedding and special occasions.


  1. What an unique pudding! I love the bright vibrant colour.

  2. i want to make this. i had it at a restaurant and it’s so good!

  3. Do you know that I never ever had gajar halwa. My mom never made it. She as well as I make milk halwa though. Love the pop of orange color here and you managed to make it low calorie? Brilliant!

    • munatycooking

      My mom hardly made desserts for us, so I’m compensating now 🙂 … I love Indian sweets and Gajar Ka Halwa is one of them but I only go for homemade, store bought are mostly dry!

  4. yummy looking gajar halwa!! thanks for reminding me now…its carrot season now!!

  5. Thanks Muna! I made this the other night and every body in my family loved it. It’s definitely a new comfort food of mine. I think I should have finely grated the carrots though. It didn’t look quite right. But the taste was amazing and I loved how it was low-calorie.

    • munatycooking

      Hi Sanam, I’m glad you and your family liked my low calorie version of Gajar Ka Halwa 🙂 …. You are right about finely grating the carrots, that contribute in making it creamy in texture! Hope you try my other recipes too!

  6. This looks like such a yummy breakfast idea, carrot! Great photos xx

  7. I have never had Indian food before.

  8. This look absolutely amazing! I love sweet potatoes and yams so I am sure I would scarf this down!

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