Kaligajar ka gajrela- purple carrot halwa

purpe carrot halwa , gajar ka halwa

That sweet traditions have to be seriously looked at once in a way to keep up the good feeling. Now my Facebook and Instagram feed has been flowing with tantalising images of the classic carrot halwa. As it is the season for carrots and winter in many parts of Indian, I am literally left hot and sweaty for some.

Here is another easy way to get the carrot halwa feel – Gajrela shake

With a couple of heatwaves our way, there was no way I would even think of stepping into that halwa making zone. So naughty that halwa kept coming back and forth on my feed, till I couldn’t resist anymore. What’s the best way to solve a long cooking process without hitting that heat… microwave of course. Zapp and get stuff done in a much faster way.
Just like in most of my recipes, there is a variation. Guess what I found in the farmers market, purple carrots. Previously I have used the purple carrots in the salad.

 Salad recipe – Kadalebele kosambari salad with purple carrot

Purple carrot kosambari and today we have the classic gajar ka halwa revamped to make microwave Kali gajar ka halwa. I had no heat to withstand and did the halwa in the comfort of the cool drink and a book to keep me company. The occasional stir and mix and zap did the trick. Are you ready for this?

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purpe carrot halwa , gajar ka halwa

Kaligajar ka gajrela

Microwave recipe for purple carrot halwa.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Desserts, Sweets and savories, Traditional
Cuisine Autumn, Fusion, gluten free, Indian, Kids choice, Microwave, One pot, Spring, Vegetarian, Winter


  • 1.5 cups carrots grated
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 tbsp Sugar/brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tbsp ghee / clarified butter
  • 2 tsp almond flakes
  • 2 tsp raisins


  • Into a large microwave-safe bowl, add the ghee, the almonds and the raisins and microwave of high for 15 seconds.
  • Remove the bowl carefully and remove the roasted almonds and raisins. Set this aside till you need later.
  • Add the carrots into the same bowl, add the milk and microwave it on high for two minutes.
  • Stir well and give it another 2 minutes on high.
  • Add the sugar and mix well. Set on microwave high for another two minutes.
  • Add the cardamom powder, the almonds, raisins. Stir well and set on high for a minute.
  • The carrot halwa is ready to serve.


The finer the carrots are grated the easier it is for the halwa to come together.
You can use this method for any colour of carrot depending on what you find. 
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7 months ago
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I love the way you have cooked the gajrela! The occasional stir and Zap! I love it! How I wish I can do that to all my food! Lucky you to get purple carrots they are a lot healthier and yes you do succumb to feed pressure don’t you but the result is so very tasty!

The Girl Next Door
7 months ago

Woah, this looks so exotic! We don’t get purple/black carrots here in Bangalore, so this sounds so unique to me. The shake sounds like an easy way to enjoy Gajar Ka Halwa. Would love to try it out some time.

Sujata Roy
7 months ago

Never used purple carrots for halwa. But now your gajrela tempting me to try these carrots. Loved your easy to make microwave recipe. I would love to try your microwave version soon.

Poonam Bachhav
7 months ago

Such an easy to follow recipe using nutritious purple or black carrots ! Now I am tempted to give this microwave version recipe of gajar ka halwa a try.

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Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
7 months ago

I just got some red carrots to make some halwa. Have never seen purple carrots and so loved the look of this bowl of yumminess….

Mayuri Patel
7 months ago
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Oh wow, just wondering when will I get a chance to use carrots that are black, purple, white and pale yellow. I too have been salivating over the images of carrot halwa that has been flooding the social media. Your kaligajar ka gajrela..so tempting and easy to make.

Shobha Keshwani
7 months ago
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Looks very delicious.Carrot halwa is the most popular dessert loved by one and all. It is rare to find purple carrots.Would love to try if I find them.

7 months ago

Purple carrot halwa looks very delectable and colorful. Liked the way you prepared in microwave, never tasted kalagajar. Surely this halwa is delicious treat.

7 months ago
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First time I am hearing about the purple carrot. The halwa looks so delicious and I like the way you made in the microwave. I too made carrot halwa for this theme in the instant pot.

6 months ago

Kaligajar Ka gajrela Looks absolutely incredible. I am in love with the beautiful colour of the halwa.Would love to try it sometime. I should look for Purple carrots here.

6 months ago

Love the way how you have made the whole process so easy and quick by making it in the microwave. carrot halwa looks so delectable and delicious. I am also tempted by your pics to try it immediately.

Sasmita Sahoo
6 months ago

I am yet to use black carrot seema 😉
this is such an easy-to-follow recipe using the nutritious black carrots!
Must try recipe ….

6 months ago
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East peasy and so quick.. loved this microwave Kali Gajar ka Halwa.. looks like a gourmet dessert.

6 months ago
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Easy peasy and so quick.. loved this microwave Kali Gajar ka Halwa.. looks like a gourmet dessert.

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