Carrot Halwa (Gajrela)

I’m sharing one of my family favourites – carrot halwa, otherwise known as gajrela. This sticky Indian dessert is perfect for those with a sweet tooth and  a very simple recipe to make in the Thermomix and one I’m delighted to share with you.

Eaten at any time of the year, but especially on Diwali we make this at home. Diwali is a golden opportunity to crack out a few regional specialities from around the subcontinent – syrup-soaked mung beans, Rajasthani cream fritters, rice flour doughnuts and many, many others – but halwa is a near-universal treat: a sweet, buttery pudding made with everything from mung beans to pineapples, but which is often carrot-based.

Carrots are grown in abundance in the UK and are cheap and healthy, so gajar ka halwa offers the perfect excuse to crack open the celebratory sugar and ghee. As Meera Sodha puts it in Fresh India: “If eating carrots as a pudding strikes you as odd, remember how good a spiced carrot cake is. This isn’t too distant a cousin.”

And just in case, you want to impress any of your Indian friends who celebrate Diwali, here’s a Diwali greeting for you too.

May you have all the joy your heart can hold, all the smiles a day can bring, all the blessings a life can unfold, May you get the world’s best in everything.