Love Gajar Ka Halwa? Here is its beautiful history, unique recipes, and cooking tips

Love Gajar Ka Halwa?  Here is its beautiful history, unique recipes, and cooking tips

If there were an award for the dish with the most colorful history it would undoubtedly be given to him Carrot candy. This candy It has, for years, occupied a fascinating place at the gastronomic intersection of a wide range of tales, each emerging from a different period of history.

Today, we explore these stories.

But while we dig into it, we encourage you to sit down with a bowl of this winter favorite. Like the first spoonful of orange sweet Hits your palate, feel the flavors exploding in your mouth, every bite is a celebration in itself.

Purely In Indian homes they often take on the role of family members who come unannounced but are always welcomed. No matter the occasion, their surprise visits are much anticipated. So, be it so Moong dal is sweet, Almond candy, sooji halwa Or our favorite carrot candy, Each has a reserved place at the family table.

We immerse ourselves in the history of the greats sweet, The most popular anecdote is its name. Word sweet It comes from the Arabic word “hatWhich translates to “sweet”.

The first appearance of the word in English dates back to 1850. In fact, it is these Arabic origins that support the theory that sweet It was a dish that came from Persia to India. One of the first to acknowledge this was the book “Gozishta Lucknow” written by Abdul Halim Sharar, a twentieth-century author and historian.

Recipes sweet It can be traced back to the legendary Kitab al-Tabikh (The Book of Dishes), an Arabic text from the thirteenth century. Muhammad bin Al-Hasan bin Al-Karim mentioned different recipes here sweet. It dates back to the 16th century when Abu al-Fadl was mentioned by one of Akbar’s court historians – V.I Ain-i-Akbarisweet As one of the dishes prepared for the ruler, who abstains from meat.

But while you understand these candy origins, there are still other versions.

While some believe that the Ottoman Empire, also known as the Turkish Empire, is credited with creating it sweet Popularity — with the Sultanate reserving a private kitchen.”HelvahaniAs for dessert – others say it’s the 12th century Byzantine Empire that should get the credit.

This theory sweetIts entry into the world between the 13th and 16th centuries is supported by Chicago-based food historian Colleen Taylor Sen in her book Feasts and Fasts. Here you write:sweet It arrived in India with the rise of the Delhi Sultanate, and gained popularity from the early 13th century to the mid-16th century.

From these early roots, the sweet dish has branched out into numerous versions, each the pride of a different city in India. For example, banana sweet From coastal Karnataka, Tirunelveli sweet From the south, Choler dal halwa west bengal, Sweet gosht Made from minced lamb, mohanlal halwa gujarat state, When a piglet Made by the Sikh community, and Nutty candy Lucknow.

As for the story of how Carrot candy The Dutch became credited with this winter special. It is the result of the islands, which are native to Afghanistan, being brought to India by the Dutch in the 17th century when the latter wanted to pay tribute to William III, Prince of Orange.

The root vegetable became very popular in Punjab upon its arrival in the region, where it was added to almost every dish. It quickly made its way onto the candy scene, and was born Carrot candy.

The tradition is followed until now.

Come winter, carrots find themselves grated and dipped in milk where they slowly cook and mix with sugar Gheeonly for it to land in a bowl and be cherished by everyone.

You will be surprised to know in a while Carrot candy It is associated with its orange colours, and in Lucknow it is the black version that finds popularity. This is made from black carrot which is said to provide a warming effect sweet It is just as delicious, if not more so.

For those of you who can’t wait to enjoy this dessert, here is Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s recipe that you can try.


  • 3 tablespoons Ghee
  • 10 grated carrots
  • 2 cups of milk
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1 cup grated Lost
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons peeled and chopped almonds
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped cashew nuts
  • 15 raisins


Step 1: Heat 3 tablespoons of Ghee.

Step 2: Add 10 grated carrots and fry for 5 minutes.

Step 3: Add 2 cups milk, ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder, and cook until carrots are tender.

Step 4: Add 1 cup grated Lost And ¾ cup of sugar and cook until the sugar dissolves.

Step 5: Garnish with 2 tablespoons peeled and chopped almonds, 2 tablespoons chopped cashews and 15 raisins.

Step 6: Serve hot!

(Editing by Pranita Bhatt)

How a sweet dessert dish came to India and regional variations grew by Scroll, published on July 13, 2022.
Gajar Ka Halwa- Dipped in History by Slurrp, published on November 28, 2022.
The remarkable story of ‘Candy’ by Times of India, published on July 17, 2021.

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