Gajar ka Halwa with Almond-Saffron Cream (Layered Indian Carrot Pudding)

Gajar ka Halwa with Almond-Saffron Cream (Layered Indian Carrot Pudding) : It’s a decadent Indian dessert which combines two of Favorite Indian Dessert (Carrot Pudding + Saffron Whipped Cream with Chopped Almonds). This is my Favorite Spring n Festive Indian Season Dessert. It looks as pretty as delicious it tastes.indian-carrot-puddingI’ve always been a fan of ‘Gajar ka Halwa(Indian Carrot Pudding) and till date my mom’s recipe is my favorite (which I’m sharing here today) just to give it an extra touch, I’m layering it between whipped cream flavored with saffron+almond. The end result is a delicious gooey dessert that pleases all age group. I’m specially excited to share this one for our ‘ HOLI SPECIAL ‘ – The Festival of Colors (which is one of the biggest Indian festival, celebrated by Indians all across the globe).special-indian-dessert Infact we do have couple of ‘ Holi Color Celebrations’ in Bay Area. For the ‘Holi Festival’ we have two main things ‘Colors’ & ‘Desserts’!!! It’s a festival where we just eat, make merry and celebrate with friends n family. Mostly we make a dessert called ‘Gujiya’ (Indian flavored Empanadas – recipe will be shared later) but this Holi, I’m making the ‘Carrot Pudding with Almond Saffron Cream’ which we ALL Love n it’s also relished by our family/friends who are not a big fan of empanadas/gujhiya but love to eat desserts.Gajar ka Halwa - Almond-Saffron CreamThe recipe is very very very simple, its just grated carrots cooked in pressure cooker or slow cooker with ‘ghee/butter’ with milk, dry fruits, green cardamom and sugar – for the Gajar ka Halwa / Carrot Pudding & We just need to whip some Heavy Cream with almond extract, chopped almonds, pistachio (you may skip or add as per choice) and some saffron – Almond-Saffron Cream. Once you have these two things ready, just layer as per choice in a serving bowl/glass and serve room temperature or cold. quick-gajar-ka-halwaSince, Holi always falls in start or spring where the temperature is kind of high in India, hence I love to serve it cold with some extra cream on top.

~ Enjoy this Wonderful Dessert with your Loved Ones & We Wish You a Happy n Colorful Holi ~

Yields 6

Gajar ka Halwa with Almond-Saffron Cream (Layered Indian Carrot Pudding)

5 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

2 Cups Shredded Carrots

2 Cups Whole Milk – You may use fat free or lower fat milk.*

1/4 Cup White Sugar – (You can substitute with brown sugar or sweetener)

1/2 Tsp Cardamom Powder + 2 Whole Cardamom

4 Tbsp Ghee

For Almond-Saffron Cream

9 Almonds - Chopped

Few Drops Almond Extract - optional

Few Saffron Strands - pinch or two

1 Cup Heavy Cream

Instructions

  1. In a non-stick pan, boil milk on low heat (keep stirring the milk to prevent it from burning/scalding).
  2. Reduced to a slightly thick consistency (about 10 minutes), keep aside and cool.
  3. Melt butter/ghee in a huge pan on medium heat.
  4. Add shredded carrots and stir-fry for about 7-8 minutes or till carrots become tender and slightly orange-pink in color.
  5. Add the already reduced/thick milk and cook on a medium heat until the milk is absorbed (8-10 min) and the halwa is almost ready now.
  6. Add sugar, cardamom powder & stir for another three to four minutes until the halwa starts to leave the sides of pot.
  7. Let the halwa cool completely
  8. ***For Almond-Saffron Cream ***
  9. In a large bowl, add heavy whipping cream, almond extract and whip using electric whisk till stiff peaks are formed.
  10. Now, add saffron strands, chopped almonds and whip on least speed for a minute to combine everything.
  11. ~ Making the Layers ~
  12. Take Medium Glasses/Tall Jars and layer the bottom with large tablespoon of halwa/pudding.
  13. Now, top it with a layer of 'Almond-Saffron Cream'.
  14. Repeat these two layers till you reach the top (Top Layer is cream).
  15. Sprinkle some chopped almond+pistachio mix.
  16. Keep glasses in fridge to chill for sometime.
  17. Serve Chilled or as per taste.
Cuisine: Indian | Recipe Type: Dessert
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31 Replies to "Gajar ka Halwa with Almond-Saffron Cream (Layered Indian Carrot Pudding)"

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    LydiaF March 21, 2016 (7:16 pm)
    The first time I had gajar ka halwa was on the buffet at a local restaurant which has sadly closed. I love anything cardamom. Anyway, I searched the web to learn how to make it and found Manjula who introduced me to a new way of cooking and flavoring my food. I'm enchanted by your version with the almond saffron cream. I can only imagine the flavors together. I've pinned this because I definitely want to give your recipe a try.
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      Molly Kumar March 23, 2016 (7:35 pm)
      I'm happy that you got introduced to 'Indian Style Carrot Pudding' and hope you'd try this version soon :)
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    Lucy March 21, 2016 (7:26 pm)
    This pudding looks so yummy and perfect for spring! Love the combination of saffron and cardamom.
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    Marisa Franca@All Our Way March 21, 2016 (7:37 pm)
    I was so fascinated by your beautiful photographs I studied those first then went back to read the recipe. Yummy!! It sounds delicious and I really enjoy trying new and different recipes. Thank you for sharing a family recipe!
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      Molly Kumar March 23, 2016 (6:51 pm)
      Aweee, I'm so Glad you liked teh pictures n recipes. I would be thrilled if you try the recipe - Hugs
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    Rahul @samosastreet.com March 21, 2016 (8:27 pm)
    So colorful and Stunning pics… I like the idea of layering it with almond cream
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    Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs March 21, 2016 (8:39 pm)
    I've obviously had carrot cake before but never have I had carrots in a pudding like this! It looks amazing. So vivid! IT's got to be good for you right? :) great recipe!
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      Molly Kumar March 23, 2016 (6:46 pm)
      It's absolutely good for you .... almost a soul food kinda good :) Thanks for visiting Emma.
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    Sarah March 21, 2016 (8:54 pm)
    This looks amazing! Decadent and light all at once. And I love your cute little spoons!
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    Marsha | Marsha's Baking Addiction March 23, 2016 (12:01 am)
    This pudding sounds and looks absolutely delicious! I love carrot desserts!
    • comment-avatar
      Molly Kumar March 23, 2016 (6:35 pm)
      Thanks Marsha, I love carrots too, especially in desserts :)
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    Mackenzie March 24, 2016 (4:58 pm)
    Everything about this looks and sounds amazing! And almond-saffron cream - oh my goodness! I want this in my mouth now! Yum!
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      Molly Kumar April 6, 2016 (6:22 am)
      Hahahha, thanks Mackenzie, I'm glad you liked it so much.
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    Kylee @ Kylee Cooks March 24, 2016 (9:21 pm)
    This is so so so beautiful, Molly!
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    Uma March 25, 2016 (4:19 pm)
    I love carrot halwa but I never tried like this ! Liked your version, and presentation.
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    Jill Campbell AKA Pragma Mamma March 25, 2016 (10:48 pm)
    Ooooh this looks marvelous! Love the layers and the colours are gorgeous. I admit I was never a huge carrot-in-dessert- fan, but as I get older, it is a taste I am starting to appreciate more. Pinning to try later :)
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      Molly Kumar April 5, 2016 (4:57 pm)
      Thanks Jill, I too was not very eager to eat dessert with carrots (till a teenager), but I guess we all keep changing forever ;) I love them now.
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    Amanda March 27, 2016 (3:20 pm)
    The whole dish looks amazing, but I'm especially intrigued by the almond saffron cream. Sounds incredible!
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    Melissa March 28, 2016 (10:35 pm)
    Indian is my favorite cuisine and I have a love affair with cardamom. I truly cannot wait to try this and would love to share this recipe on The Front Porch Gourmet.
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    Jess April 2, 2016 (4:11 pm)
    What a fun and creative idea, I especially love your photography! Definitely a must pin :) have a great day! Xo
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      Molly Kumar April 5, 2016 (4:40 pm)
      Aweee, thanks Jess - I'm glad you liked the recipe n pictures - Hugs
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    Swayam April 8, 2016 (12:54 pm)
    This looks so great Molly. Such a fresh and spring perfect take on carrot halwa. Can imagine how awesome it must taste. Thanks for joining us at #SaucySaturday. Pinned!!
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