Carrot Kheer | How to make Carrot Payasam | Step by Step Recipe

>>  Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Carrot Kheer was part of the North Indian Thali, which had too many similar vegetables used. I didn't realise until after doing the prepping. I was almost floored thinking why I on earth did I zero on the same vegetables. However having decided and made some preparations ahead, I couldn't change at the last moment.

So I ended up grated carrots for two dishes, grinding cashew paste for two dishes, chopping capsicum for two dishes, methi for two dishes. And these two dishes were not the same but five different ones. If you are up to getting maths right please feel free! 

Carrot Kheer recipe was from another paper clipping. Since I really remember a payasam being made wit carrot in south, knowing that Gajar ka halwa, I clubbed this under North Indian recipes. This was pretty easy to make, provided you don't end up grating a lot of carrots. Having not many takers for sweet at home, I did just a small portion.
Carrot Kheer
I was surprised at how easy it was to make Carrot Kheer. This is surely one of those quick sweets you can make if you are short of time.
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Carrot Kheer

Ingredients Needed:

Carrot - 2 cups
Milk - 4 cups
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Cashew nut paste - 1/2 cup (10 whole)
Saffron few strands
Cardamom powder a pinch
Ghee - 1 tsp
Roasted Cashews for garnish

How to make the Carrot Kheer:

Wash and clean the carrots, grate and keep aside. In a nonstick pan, heat the ghee and saute the grated carrots till it is cooked, rather the raw smell leaves. This takes about 5 -7 mins while stirring continuously.

Soak the cashew nuts in hot water for 10 mins. Then grind to a smooth paste. Keep it aside.

Soak Saffron in 2 tbsp of warm milk.

Boil the milk, when done, simmer and continue boiling for a couple of minutes. Then add the cooked carrot and combine well. Simmer for 5 - 7 for the carrots to get cooked. 

Then add the cashew paste and bring to boil. 

Next, add the sugar and mix. Simmer for a couple of minutes for the sugar to melt.

Finally add the cardamom powder, saffron milk. And remove, garnish with roasted cashews.

Serve hot.


The original recipe called for the carrots to be pureed and added. I rather wanted to feel the carrot texture and it surely turned out awesome.

The measurement I have given will yield more, so scale down to 1/2 cup and proceed.

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Champa April 25, 2012 at 6:39 AM  

I usually do the pureed method. Yours looks awesome too. Almost like semiya payasam but with carrot instead.

Pavani April 25, 2012 at 7:06 AM  

Love the addition of carrots to payasam. Very colorful and delicious.

Jayanthi April 25, 2012 at 7:29 AM  

I cook the cut carrots in pressure cooker with milk and puree them with badam ...this one is such a nice variation to the method I'm used to. Lovely color of the payasam. I like this sweet very much ...good choice. Don't worry much better to cut vegetables for two dishes instead of one.

Usha April 25, 2012 at 8:02 AM  

Even I make carrot kheer and mine is similar to yours.

Tina April 25, 2012 at 8:18 AM  

Delicious kheer..

Aarthi April 25, 2012 at 8:39 AM  

mouth watering kheer...i too have a post in my blog

The Pumpkin Farm April 25, 2012 at 8:45 AM  

i was waiting for this since yuo made the thali, i love carrot based sweets....this looks awesome

Chef Mireille April 25, 2012 at 9:46 AM  

I love carrots so I am sure kheer is yummy!

Vardhini April 25, 2012 at 10:13 AM  

Tasty kheer and the thali looks awesome.

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Degchi April 25, 2012 at 10:19 AM  

Delicious Kheer !! I also prefer grated carrot than pureed one in the kheer.

Kalyani April 25, 2012 at 10:29 AM  

yummilicious :) If only I can get kiddo to like this, can make it.. seems pretty easy too :)

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vaishali sabnani April 25, 2012 at 3:00 PM  

with a difference of of the recipe that i follow is the same.and cutting same veggies for 2dishes..wud surely have made work faster..:))

Priya April 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM  

Looks fabulous,fortunately everyone at home like carrot kheer, will give a try this way..

PriyaVaasu April 25, 2012 at 5:48 PM  

i follow the pureed method, coz of my kiddo!! love the addition of cashew paste, must give a creamy texture and taste to the kheer!!!!

Nalini's Kitchen April 25, 2012 at 6:53 PM  

Yummilicious payasam...I pureed the carrot and used...will try your version soon...

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi April 25, 2012 at 9:51 PM  

Love carrot kheer. I ususally puree the boiled carrots and add badam paste instead of cashew. Cashew paste sounds so rich and creamy!

Gayathri Kumar April 25, 2012 at 10:24 PM  

Kheer looks so colourful and delicious...

veena krishnakumar April 25, 2012 at 11:22 PM  

Kheer looks so good valli...have never tried making carrot kheer. Time for me to try:-)

rajani April 26, 2012 at 12:15 AM  

Cant believe you dont have takers for sweet at home. Here, my husband doesn't like sweets much, but he likes carrot halwa a lot.

The payasam looks fantastic, love the color and texture.

Suma Gandlur April 27, 2012 at 10:23 AM  

This one is our favorite. We just cut big chunks of carrot, pressure cook and grind it.

PJ April 28, 2012 at 4:35 PM  

Yummy kheer.Here too my folks are not fond of sweets...

Preeti Garg April 29, 2012 at 11:28 PM  


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