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Carrot Halwa - South Indian Recipe


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Halwa is a thickly coagulated sweet concoction quite famous in India. In Tamil Nadu, Nagore halwa or Thirunelveli Halwa are highly reputed sweets. Halwa ooze ghee (clarified butter) and sport nuts in various colors. They are packed in oil-proof material to avoid causing an oil stain anywhere. In Tamil, the word 'Halwa' refers to a condition when the recipient is left speechless. In other words, the one who gives halwa makes you dumbstruck - takes you for a ride.


Carrot Halwa

Carrot Halwa - A tasty and nutritious sweet. Get the kids to have their sweet dish and their daily dose of nutrition too.


  • 5 - 6 carrots grated

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 3 tbsp ghee

  • 6-7 cashews

  • 6-7 raisins

Pressure cook the grated carrots with milk till soft and cooked. Take a thick bottomed pan and heat sugar and ghee. Add the cooked carrot mix. Keep stirring on a slow flame. As the milk condenses, the carrot halwa will get a thicker consistency. Fry cashews and raisins in a tsp of ghee and pour on the thickened halwa.


Carrot Halwa with condensed milk

Heat a bit of ghee in a thick bottomed pan and saute grated carrots till tender. Add the condensed milk and stir on a slow flame. Add chopped cashews and raisins. Add cardamom powder. You can serve this carrot halwa hot or cold. Hot carrot halwa is tastier when served with a dollop of cold vanilla ice cream.


Carrot Halwa recipe in microwave

You can choose to make carrot halwa in a microwave in just about 10 minutes. Take a deep microwave safe bowl and add a bit of ghee and grated carrots. Microwave for about 2 minutes on high. Add milk, sugar and cardamom powder. Microwave for about 8 minutes on high. Allow the mixture to stand for about 5 minutes. Take it out and garnish with almond and cashew slivers.


Halwas are an essential part of the Indian festive fare. Garnished with dry fruits and raisins, a cup of carrot halwa is a tasty dessert. A cup of homemade carrot halwa packs in about 180 calories. You can choose to make a richer version by adding khoya. You can either set the mixture into a plate and serve it as chunks or server it in bowls.

The crunchy texture of the carrots is largely retained when you grate them for the halwa. You can choose either the orange or the red carrots that are found aplenty in winter. The antioxidant properties of carotenoids helps prevent oxidative damage in our bodies. Choose carrots that are firm and smooth. Peel off a thin layer before you start grating the carrots.


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