Carrot halwa

Gajar ka halwa or carrot halwa is an Indian dessert made simply from carrots, sugar and milk. Avinash recommends red carrots if you can find them, for a better colour and natural sweetness.  

First published in 2021

Avi says: 'Carrot halwa is a dish made all over India but with different variations. It can be rich, sweet and milky, but my version is almost like a carrot cake, with a few sultanas, pistachio and cardamom – not too sweet yet unctuous and moreish.'





  • 500g of carrots, peeled and grated
  • 500ml of whole milk
  • 100g of caster sugar
  • 6 cardamom pods, husks removed and seeds crushed
  • 1 handful of raisins, or sultanas
  • 25g of ghee

To serve



Put the grated carrot and milk in a heavy-bottomed pan, place over a high heat and bring to the boil

  • 500g of carrots, peeled and grated
  • 500ml of whole milk

Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium and simmer, stirring regularly, until most of the liquid has evaporated. This will take about 30 minutes


Add the sugar, cardamom seeds and raisins (or sultanas) and continue cooking, stirring so the mixture doesn’t catch. Finally add the ghee and cook until the colour is deep orange and unctuous


Leave the halwa to cool slightly before serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and chopped pistachio nuts

First published in 2021

After leaving India to perfect his cooking in the UK, Avinash Shashidhara worked his way through restaurants including The River Cafe before opening Pahli Hill Bandra Bhai, where he serves ingredient-led Indian dishes inspired by traditional recipes.

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