اَعُوْذُ بِاللهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيْمِ
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمن الرَّحِيْمِ
Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaathu everyone!
There are so many Pakistani desserts recipes out there, many of which I have not tried myself, so I thought I would stick with one that is relatively simple with only a few ingredients that you are basically guaranteed to have. And that is carrot halwa.
Carrot halwa has many different names including gajar ka halwa, gajrela, gajar halwa and carrot gajrela. It is rarely made in the house. Not because no one likes it but because we are a big family and we end up having to use a lot of carrots. Gajar halwa is a common dessert served at weddings and I absolutely love it. When you have it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, it tastes so good.
If you don’t know what carrot halwa is, then I will explain. It is a carrot-based (as indicated in the name) dessert originating from South East Asia. This gajar ka halwa recipe involves mixing grated carrots with milk, sugar and butter. My mum has a slightly different version of the carrot halwa recipe which involves boiling the carrots in water. You could do that if you wanted to.
I have made this carrot halwa recipe several times over the past few weeks and one thing I would say is that you NEED to make sure you stir every so often. This makes sure that the carrots or sugar or butter do not burn and stick to the pan. If it ends up burnt, there is a really horrible aftertaste and it won’t taste good at all. Make sure you STIR!
Try this Pakistani desserts recipe to show you how to make gajrela to impress all your guests.
Gajar Ka Halwa
Carrot halwa, otherwise known as gajar ka halwa, is a classic Pakistani dessert popular for special occasions, especially weddings. Grated carrots are sweetened and boiled in ghee and milk. Gajar halwa recipe is an all-time favourite. This gajar ka halwa recipe is a rich and creamy Pakistani dessert with the goodness of milk, nuts and the natural sweetness of carrots. Serve carrot gajrela warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
- 1kg Carrots/Gajar (peeled and grated)
- 120g Granulated Sugar
- 200ml Milk/Doodh
- 50g Butter
- Chopped nuts of your preference, e.g. cashews, almonds
- In a saucepan melt the butter on low heat
- Add the grated carrots and mix
- Cook on medium heat for 15 minutes, ensuring that you stir every few minutes
- Reduce the heat to low and add the milk
- Stir to combine and cover with a lid
- Cook for 10 minutes on low heat, ensuring that you stir every few minutes
- Add the sugar and cook for 2-3 minutes
- Add your preferred chopped nuts to the mixture
- Your gajar ka halwa is ready!