Carrot Halwa Pops (dairy free)

These pops are officially my new favorite thing. If you have never tried carrot halwa, it is a rich, carrot pudding with origins in India. It has dozens of variations but a common denominator is shredded carrots cooked until soft with milk and spices, and usually topped with nuts that have been cooked in ghee. I love the stuff. Carrots are just coming in at the farmers’ market, so that, combined with the brutal heat, inspired this cooler, dairy-free version.

Carrot Halwa Pops

I did not add any nuts to these but I think I will try adding chopped pistachios to a future batch.  Because I had them on hand, I used whole cardamom seeds and coarsely crushed them, which left some slightly larger pieces of spices.  You could also substitute ground cardamom.  These are seriously delicious, and you could play with the base by adding cashews, chopped raisins, ginger, etc.  Note that I shredded four medium carrots for this, which was about 2 1/2 cups shredded, but adding a little more or less carrot should not negatively influence the final product.

Carrot Halwa Pops

Carrot Halwa Pops (dairy free)
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Cuisine: Dessert, Ice Pops
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups grated, fresh carrot
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk (13-15 ounces)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom seed, crushed
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Stir together all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a low boil and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20-30 minutes, or until the carrots are very tender. The liquid will also reduce and thicken somewhat as it cooks, which you want. Let the mixture cool completely.
  2. Fill your ice pop molds with the carrot mixture, leaving a little room at the top of each mold for expansion. With 2 /12 cups of carrots this made 8, 3-ounce pops. Freeze overnight, or until frozen through.

Carrot Halwa Pops

You should really try this, especially if you have fresh, young carrots.  They are amazing.

Thanks for reading,

Angela

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19 Responses to Carrot Halwa Pops (dairy free)

  1. Eric July 7, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    These look seriously delicious! Going to have to try making this!

    • Angela July 8, 2013 at 9:02 am #

      You really should…or come visit. Or both.

  2. CurlyKMommy July 7, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    These look soo good! Will try it!

    • Angela July 8, 2013 at 9:02 am #

      Thanks, Kadija!

  3. Denise in Michigan July 7, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    hmm. Maybe I’ll try these when Sammi comes to stay with us in late August! She can help me make them.

    • Angela July 8, 2013 at 9:02 am #

      I think these would make a fun “kid project.”

  4. Shoba Shrinivasan July 8, 2013 at 3:05 am #

    Oh my these look adorable. I would also go ahead and add the pistachios just like you said and another time a teeny tiny drop of rose essence. Smells heavenly!

    Shobha

    • Angela July 8, 2013 at 9:00 am #

      Rose water! I wish I would have thought have that, it sounds so good.

  5. Karen Harris July 8, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    Love this idea Angela! I can just taste them. Carrot halwa is my favorite dessert on the lunch buffet at one of our favorite Indian restaurants. I just might have to stick a batch of this in my ice cream maker.

    • Angela July 8, 2013 at 9:19 am #

      It’s one of my favorites, too–even better than carrot cake.

  6. cucicucicoo August 19, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    I’d never heard of or tried carrot halwa, but that sounds just amazing!! 🙂 Lisa

    • Angela August 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

      Lisa, it’s one of my favorite desserts–carrots make a surprisingly good dessert!

  7. jaishree February 14, 2014 at 5:51 am #

    hi angela
    recipe looks really good . i always tried gajar ka halwa and served it chilled ,but the way u made this halwa pops is awesome…. drooling

    • Angela February 14, 2014 at 10:47 am #

      Thank you, Jaishree! I have really been craving these lately–I need to make a batch.

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