Friday, January 1, 2010


Gajar ka Halwa is a favourite sweet for my whole family and they like it to be prepared in a particular way, carrots should never taste raw, hard or too soft. And here in Chennai we dont regularly get those red carrots.This time when my daughter came, it was her first choice, so I had no choice , but to make, since I was busy with other things in kitchen , I decided to make it in microwave, initially my daughter was quite skeptical, but when she tasted it she

Here is the recipe..easy to do.

Carrots..500 gm

2oo gm khoya

1tbsp. desi ghee

250 ml. full cream milk( standard will also do)

150 gm sugar or little more as per taste.

2 tbsp.finely chopped cashewnuts and almonds

1/2 tsp cardamom powder..optional.

Peel, wash and grate the carrots.
Put the carrots in a microwavable bowl ( I have that small cooker of Milton).add the milk. and put it for 10 minutes in microwave covered.

Take out and check if the carrot is done, if not put it for another 5 minutes.

Then take out and mix khoya thoroughly and put it in the microwave for 7 minutes without covering...By this time it must be dry..if it is not then put for another 3 minutes.

Now add sugar..mix thoroughly, then add the ghee and put it in microwave for another 5 minutes

Your delicious Halwa is ready..garnish it with chopped fruits and cardamon powder before serving.

PS: Take care while taking out the bowl and checking as its very hot


radha said...

I was planning to make some today, minus the khoa and adding some condensed milk instead. Guess it will not taste the same, but good enough to satisfy the sweet tooth. And I shall use the microwave method. Happy New Year

Renu said...

radha: welcome here !
With condensed milk, the taste is always good, only you need less amount of sugar and more heat.

Tell me your results, then I can add them in this recipe , so that someone can benefit from the suggestion.

Reflections said...

Sounds good and easy enoff to make...but do u think it is as good as the one we make on the stove???

p.s: Will U come over to my blog….I need to give u something!!!

Renu said...

Reflections: its even better than that, believe me, my hubby is very particular about these things, somuch so that I ask him to open a restaurant:), even he liked it.

sure coming over:)

radha said...

The results-
I put in the grated gajjar with a little milk in the microwave for a couple of minutes. Then took it out, stirred it and made a well into which I added the nuts and raisins and back in the microwave. Then the condensed milk, cooked it again.
And though there was no fat, no khoa, believe me it tasted good. I would not serve it to guests, who might compare it with the 'genuine' gajjar halwa. But the family enjoyed it.

Renu said...

radha: I would say serve it to your guests, they might like this healthier version more:)

Even the genuine one..everyone makes it in a different way and my husband never likes it the other way where they cook the carrots in cooker.

Babli said...

Wish you and your family a very Happy Republic Day.
Gajar ka halwa is my favourite. Looks delicious and tempting.

Renu said...

Babli: Wish you too !

try it this way, quite easy to make.