Microwave Gajar (Carrot) Halwa

Gajar Halwa
An easy and hassle free microwave recipe of Gajar or Carrot Halva using sweetened Condensed Milk.  This 20 minutes Microwave recipe is a savior whenever we have friends over for dinner.  By the time I am cooking the main course on the stove top, my dessert is getting ready simultaneously in the microwave.

Carrots/Gajar (grated) - about 4 1/2 cups
Sweetened Condensed Milk - 14 oz (396 gm)
Milk - 1/4 cup
Butter or Ghee/Clarified Butter - 1 tsp
Pistachios/Pista - about 20
Green Cardamom/Elaichi - 2 pods (seeds only)

How to prepare Condensed Milk Gajar Halwa in a Microwave:
  • Peel and grate the carrots.  Crush the cardamom seeds in a mortar pestle to a fine powder.  Finely chop the pistachios.
  • Preparing Gajar Halwa in a microwave is quite easy.  Keep checking after every minute or two, to avoid burning.
  • Wipe a microwave safe bowl dry.  Grease the bowl with butter or ghee.  Add carrots and microwave for 3 minutes.  Stir after every minute.
  • Now add milk to the bowl.  Mix and microwave for 6 minutes.  Stop the microwave and stir after every 2 minutes.  If the carrots appear too dry, you can add more milk, about 1/4 cup.
  • Add condensed milk to the softened carrots.  Microwave for 6 - 8 minutes, stirring after every 2 minutes.
  • Finally, add cardamom powder and pistachios.  Save some pistachios for garnish.  Microwave for another minute or two until carrot halwa looks creamy and not watery.  After cooling, the halwa will thicken a little more.
  • Along with cardamom, you can also add saffron/kesar or nutmeg/jaiphal or cinnamon/dalchini.  Use any nuts of your choice - Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts, Pecans.  I prefer the low calorie pistachios.
Garnish with pistachios and enjoy warm or chilled Gajar Halva.


  1. a jiffy method!will try soon almost this weekend..

  2. this was one of the first things that I learnt cooking form Ma. Halwa looks wonderful....

  3. nice recipe uma. halwa looks yummy!!

  4. Lovely recipe! Tried it, and it turned out very well! Sure to make this again. Thanks!


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