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Carrot Pudding

Shredded carrots and a small amount of rice are simmered in milk until thickened, then lightly sweetened and deliciously flavoured with cardamom. Known as carrot halva or halwa (pudding), it is a popular dessert from the north of India.
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4


  • 4 cups 1 L milk
  • 2 cups 500 mL shredded peeled Ontario Carrots (4 or 5)
  • 2 tbsp 25 mL long-grain rice (Basmati), rinsed
  • 1/2 cup 125 mL granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp 5 mL butter
  • 1/4 tsp 1 mL ground cardamon
  • 2 tbsp 25 mL shelled natural pistachio nuts, coarsley chopped, or slivered blanched almonds
  • 1/3 cup raisins or crasins


  1. In medium-size heavy saucepan, bring milk, carrots and rice to boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered and stirring often, until thickened and milk has reduced by half, about 45 minutes.
  2. Stir in sugar, butter and dried fruit; cook until pudding consistency, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat stir in cardamom. Serve warm (not hot) or chilled, garnished with pistachios.