Saffron-Infused Red Carrot Halwa with Coconut Milk



A sweet treat


TIME: 45 mins


• 4 cups finely shredded red carrots
• 20 strands of saffron
• ⅓ cup powdered jaggery
• 1 teaspoon green cardamom powder
• ¼ teaspoon rock salt
• 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Thick Coconut Milk

• ½ cup desiccated coconut
• ½ cup water

Date Paste

• ½ cup chopped dates. seedless
• ¼ cup warm water


• ¼ cup chopped almonds (soaked)
• ¼ cup chopped cashews (soaked)
• 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios


1.Place the grated carrots and saffron into a pan and cook on a medium flame for 30 minutes, till the water is absorbed and the carrots are soft.
2. Meanwhile, prepare date paste by blending dates and warm water until smooth.
3. Prepare the thick coconut milk by blending coconut & water. Sieve the mixture through a nut milk bag/muslin cloth & keep the
liquid to be used later.
4. Once carrots have cooked, reduce the flame to low. Add jaggery and date paste to the pan and stir together for 30 seconds.
5. Switch off the stove. Add the thick coconut milk, stir & immediately close the lid. Let the coconut milk cook from the heat inside the pan, not directly on flame.
6. Add cardamom, lemon, and salt. Stir.
7. Add almonds, cashews and pistachios. Stir.
8. Keep the halwa in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving, so that the flavors can bloom!
Tip Use red carrots to make this halwa. These carrots are available only in winter.

Benefits of This Recipe:

  1. Vibrant Nutrients: Red carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that supports eye health and immune function, while dates provide natural sweetness along with fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
  2. Saffron Elixir: Saffron adds not only a vibrant color but also a unique flavor and potential health benefits, including mood enhancement and antioxidant properties.
  3. Natural Sweeteners: Jaggery and date paste offer sweetness with added nutritional benefits, providing a healthier alternative to refined sugar while enhancing the overall flavor profile of the halwa.
  4. Coconut Creaminess: Thick coconut milk adds a creamy richness to the halwa while imparting a subtle coconut flavor, making it suitable for those with lactose intolerance or vegan dietary preferences.

Nutritive Value (Approximate per serving):

  • Calories: 300 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 40 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Vitamin A: 200% DV
  • Calcium: 10% DV
  • Iron: 10% DV

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