Carrot Halwa

Carrot halwa and pal payasam are the first desserts I learnt to  make. Before that, it was just popping a spoonful of sugar into my mouth whenever the sugar craving set in.

Learning this dessert meant getting my fingers cut multiple times, because I never learnt the art of grating the carrot without my hands getting cut in the process. Now years later, I have become smart and I don’t get myself injured while grating  carrots. Its for better things like being careless with hot pans and pots and all.

Well, there will be a day when I will stop being so accident prone. Till then, hoping for  more ‘injury free’ carrot halwa days!


  • Grated Carrots            :    1 1/2 cups (about 3 medium carrots)
  • Milk                                 :     1 cup
  • Sugar                               :     1/2 cup
  • Cardamom Powder   :     1/4 tsp (optional)
  • Ghee                                :     2 tsp


  1. Put the grated carrots and the milk together in a microwave proof bowl.
  2. Microwave on high for about 15 minutes, stirring once in every 5 minutes, till the carrots are cooked.
  3. You can also cut the carrots into rounds, cook them with milk and pulse (not puree) them once in a mixie once its cool.
  4. Add the sugar and cook for another 5 minutes. Mix once and add ghee and cardamom powder. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes till the liquids are almost dry.
  5. Decorate with chopped nuts and serve hot or cold. Serves 1-2.

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17 responses to “Carrot Halwa

  1. I love the color of this halwa and the pics look so tempting with plantain leaf background. Love it totally!!!

  2. Chef Mireille

    …my favorite halva

  3. Never realized you are so fond of sweets..:)..carrot halwa in mw is the simplest thing you can do…rather than slogging hrs together..pretty picture

  4. Love the pic Rajini. such an easy version!!!!

  5. i just finished slogging on that carrot Halwa:((…but made nearly wonder if the MW version would have helped.I like the that leaf!!..somehow its a job getting that beauty here…

  6. Looks delicious. I love the colours the green and orange. Love the idea of making it in microwave.

  7. love carrot halwa anyday!

  8. That’s quite a differently shaped and nice spoon in the pic. I like your microwave version of the halwa.

  9. Delicious Halwa, Our Family Favorite!!!!! i too make them in MW, but my DH Loves it when i make it the traditional way on stove-top!!!!

  10. Nice and easy one. Pretty picture

  11. Umm Carrot halwa looks so good!

  12. The halwa looks superb.. the colors compliment each other so well.. It was the first i learnt to make too :)

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  13. PJ

    Liked the presentation,looks so delicious :)

  14. Love the colorful halwa and that spoon too. :)

  15. love the contrast of the super comforting green banana leaf against the orange hue of the Halwa.. almost akin to writing great poetry :) nice halwa..guess this Halwa is the initiation into cooking for most of us here, incl me :)

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  16. Thanks again for your submission to Microwave Easy Cooking March Edition. You have a great eye for photography there!

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