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Gajar Halwa...a diabetic friendly dessert !

Halwa made using sugar...not so friendly.
 It’s a continuous challenge for people like me with diabetes to eat healthy diet. The daily diet that we eat at home consists of mainly wheat, veggies and lentils. But there are times when I loose control or possibly just rebel with my food choices. This happens mostly on long weekends or when hubby craves for carb heavy foods and I end up cooking for him…and eating as well.

I was seriously considering not posting this recipe because the Gajar halwa is something that is high on calories and my mom thinks that I eat what I post here and apart from that I don’t cook. I decided to bite the bullet and post it because this recipe can be a low calorie dessert, easy to make…provided you have a food processor and I didn’t have any other post to blog.

The halwa was made in two batches. One with using sugar and the other with sucrose.  Also, I used 1 % low fat milk and deleted mawa/ khoya from the recipe.

This was the first time I used sucrose for making an Indian dessert and it tasted pretty decent. I couldn’t tell the difference. And I enjoyed my carrot halwa without much of guilt.
Halwa made using sucrose

Note: Many of you might confuse sucrose with aspartame (artificial sweetener) but both have different components. Unlike aspartame, Sucrose is a natural sugar that is found in vegetables and fruits. Having said this, I wouldn’t recommend using any kind of sweeteners for diabetics on a regular basis.

Just eat healthy, exercise on a regular basis and have cheat days for yourself…it will take you a long way.


Carrots 10 -11 medium
Pure ghee 2 tablespoons
Milk 2 cups
Green cardamom powder ½ teaspoon
Sugar 3 tablespoons/ Sucrose 5 teaspoons
Roasted cashew nuts


Grate carrots using a food processor or a hand grater.

 Heat pure ghee in a thick-bottomed pan; add grated carrots and sauté for five minutes.

Add milk, green cardamom powder and sugar/sucrose. Cook on low heat until the milk evaporates and the carrots are soft and gooey.

Garnish it with cashew nuts and raisins.  Serve hot or at room temperature.

Note: If you are using sucrose instead of sugar, then add 5 teaspoons of sucrose.


  1. Looks delicious and adding no sugar is great ...

  2. Wow, Its tempting Sri :)

    I feel like eating it now. Very nice Presentation.

  3. Hmmm! Yumm! Just feel like having the spoonfull of halwa. Your pictures tempt me a lot...

  4. OOoooh! Heavenly clicks and a scrumptious dessert...what i wouldn't do to get my hands on it...awesome hai yaar!! dekh ke hi mazaa aa gaya...

  5. Thanks for sharing this sucrose version dear,Never used it before in sweets...sure will use this idea in future...Clicks are awesome...

  6. Looks delicious..Gajar halwa with no sugar sounds great!

  7. A classic dessert, looks delish n definitely healthy ~ very beautifully presented!
    US Masala

  8. Nice halwa and good presentation..

  9. Woww.. that is one of my fav sweets :D I love your pictures .. Feel like taking the whole scoop into my mouth :D

  10. Looks so pretty and simple to make ... probably I will make some for my mom ... good for her for she has diabetes ... try also visiting my favorite food site, They do have lots of diabetic recipes for you to choose from! Enjoy!


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