Carrot Halwa (Carrot Pudding) or Gajar Halwa, also known as Gajrela in North India, is a popular and a simple dessert recipe made especially during winters as carrots are abundantly available during this time. This is also a winter delicacy that’s served in most North Indian weddings.
Carrots are high in beta carotene, fibre, Vitamin K1, potassium and antioxidants. It is beneficial for improving eye health and the carotene antioxidants are linked with reduced risk of cancer.
To make a healthier version of Gajar Halwa recipe, I have replaced refined sugar with Jaggery and Dates. I have also used only low fat milk in this recipe. Khoya (mawa) or even condensed milk is sometimes added to make the Gajar Halwa more rich and creamy in texture but it increases the calorie intake.
Also, even though jaggery has a better nutrient profile than refined sugar, it is still high on calories and best consumed in moderation.
I have used regular carrots in this recipe and removed the inner white part of the carrots to get a nice red colour to the Gajar Halwa. It’s best if you can find some red variety of carrots that give even brighter red colour to the halwa. Also, whenever choosing to buy carrots, buy the ones that are fresh and tender. They are a bit sweeter in taste compared to the larger ones, get cooked easily and give a nice texture to the Gajar Halwa.
(Pro Tip: It tastes heavenly when warm Gajar Halwa is served with some chilled Vanilla Ice cream, so you can try that amazing combo too).