5 from 20 votes
A traditional Indian pudding recipe popular on Eid and weddings. Grated carrots simmered in milk then sweetened with sugar. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream!

Gajrela, otherwise known as gajar ka halwa, is a classic Indian sweet dish that will not fail to impress anyone. This gajrela recipe is perfect for special occasions from festivals to birthday parties.

This traditional gajar halwa recipe is made by cooking carrots in milk, mixed with chopped nuts of your choosing. This is best-served piping hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for those cold winter days!

Carrot halwa is a very popular Indian and Pakistani pudding that is made with fresh carrots, sugar, butter, and nuts. It’s popular during Ramadan and Eid and it almost always makes an appearance at weddings.

This gajrela recipe is incredibly easy. I mean, the hardest part of this recipe is probably grating the carrots! I know you can get pre-grated carrots, but I don’t really see the point.

I know grating fresh carrots can sometimes seem tedious, but the ones that are already grated are so hard and dry. You save only a few minutes of time, and it just doesn’t seem worth it.

I always use whole-fat milk, but you could use low-fat or semi-skimmed milk if you want to reduce the calories. However, this is meant to be a dessert so go on just treat yourself! I love milk desserts and I have a wide variety of recipes from that category ranging from milk seviyan to kheer to falooda.

You can also make this carrot halwa recipe with condensed milk. This method is quicker and perfect for when those unannounced guests turn up at the door. We get those a lot! Using condensed milk also gives a much richer and creamier texture of the halwa which is just as delicious as when you use whole fat milk.

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by Nabeela Kauser
A traditional Indian pudding recipe popular on Eid and weddings. Grated carrots simmered in milk then sweetened with sugar. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream!
5 from 20 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 319 kcal



  • In a pan melt the butter on low heat
  • When the butter is melted add the grated carrots and cook for 15 minutes
  • Add the milk and cook for 15 minutes until the majority of the milk dries up
  • Add the sugar and cook for a further 10 minutes
  • Garnish with cashews, almonds, and pistachios then cook for a few more minutes and remove from heat
  • Enjoy immediately with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!



Calories: 319kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 4gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 273mgPotassium: 881mgFiber: 7gSugar: 39gVitamin A: 42161IUVitamin C: 15mgVitamin D: 1µgCalcium: 149mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Dessert, Eid, Milk Desserts, Ramadan
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Our Cuisines
Our Cuisines
3 months ago

5 stars
Hi, thank you for this amazing recipe. I also shared a similar recipe of Shahi Gajrela, if you would have a look, I would appreciate it. Thank you.

Last edited 3 months ago by Our Cuisines

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