5 from 25 votes
Get ready to be immersed in the enticing world of Punjabi dessert, where our star of the show is none other than the delightful gajrela! Prepare to take a culinary journey full of richness, warmth, and sweetness, all wrapped up in a surprisingly simple yet satisfying dish.

Gajrela, a traditional Indian dessert, is a delightful treat that captivates with its rich flavors and comforting warmth.

Originating from the vibrant kitchens of India, this recipe has been cherished for generations, passed down through families as a symbol of love and celebration.

Crafting gajrela may seem intimidating at first, but fear not, as its preparation is simpler than it appears. With its roots deeply embedded in Indian culture, this dessert blends the earthy sweetness of carrots with the creamy richness of milk and the nutty crunch of almonds, cashews, and pistachios.

The fusion of these ingredients creates a symphony of flavors that dance on your palate, offering a perfect balance of sweetness and texture.

Expert Tip: Adjust the amount of sugar according to your preference for sweetness, keeping in mind that the carrots will also contribute natural sweetness to the dessert.


Butter: Butter adds a rich and creamy texture to the gajrela, enhancing its overall flavor profile. It helps to create a luscious base for cooking the carrots, ensuring they’re cooked to perfection and infused with buttery goodness.

Carrots: Carrots bring a natural sweetness and vibrant color to the gajrela. They’re grated and cooked until tender, releasing their sweetness and melding beautifully with the other ingredients.

Sugar: Sugar is essential for sweetening the gajrela, balancing out the natural sweetness of the carrots and adding a delightful caramelized flavor. It dissolves into the mixture, infusing every bite with irresistible sweetness.

Milk: Milk forms the creamy base of the gajrela, providing richness and depth of flavor. It cooks down slowly, infusing the carrots with its creamy goodness and creating a luxurious texture.

Cashews, Almonds, Pistachios: These nuts not only add a delightful crunch to the gajrela but also contribute to its nutty flavor profile. Toasted to perfection and used as a garnish, they elevate the dessert with their nuttiness and provide a satisfying contrast to the creamy texture of the dish.

Expert Tip: Ensure to grate the carrots finely for a smoother texture in the gajrela.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve gajrela warm, straight from the stove, for the ultimate indulgence. The warmth enhances the flavors and aromas, creating a comforting treat.
  • Pair gajrela with a dollop of fresh whipped cream or a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream for a delightful contrast of temperatures and textures.
  • Garnish each serving with an extra sprinkle of chopped nuts for added crunch and visual appeal.
  • For a traditional touch, serve gajrela in small earthenware pots or bowls, adding a rustic charm to your presentation.
  • Enjoy gajrela as a sweet finale to a festive meal or as a cozy dessert on a chilly evening, savoring each spoonful of its creamy goodness.

Expert Tip: Be patient while cooking the carrots in milk, allowing them to absorb the flavors and soften gradually.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use condensed milk instead of regular milk?

Yes, you can substitute condensed milk for regular milk for a richer and creamier gajrela. Adjust the amount of sugar accordingly to balance the sweetness.

How long does gajrela last?

Gajrela can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days in an airtight container. Reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave before serving.

Can I use other nuts for garnish?

Absolutely! Feel free to customize your gajrela with your favorite nuts such as walnuts, pecans, or even dried fruits like raisins or chopped dates.

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by Nabeela Kauser
Get ready to be immersed in the enticing world of Punjabi dessert, where our star of the show is none other than the delightful gajrela! Prepare to take a culinary journey full of richness, warmth, and sweetness, all wrapped up in a surprisingly simple yet satisfying dish.
5 from 25 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 4
Calories 319 kcal


  • 50 g Butter
  • 1 kg Carrots
  • 100 g Sugar
  • 200 ml Milk
  • Cashews
  • Almonds
  • Pistachios


  • 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!



Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


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