gajjar no halvo oatmeal

This is oatmeal recipe is inspired by a classic Indian dessert known as gajjar no halvo in Gujarati. It is sweet and creamy carrot pudding of sorts. I hope you’ll try it out, and if you post to Instagram use #plantbasedartist! I’d love to see your creations 🙂


1-2 servings

1/2 cup grated carrot

1 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk

1 tablespoon maple syrup (or desired sweetener to taste)

1/4 teaspoon cardamom (freshly ground is best if possible)

pinch of saffron

pinch of salt

1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats

1 tablespoon golden raisins

water as needed

crushed pistachios for garnish


Combine the grated carrot and soy milk in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add the maple syrup, cardamom, saffron, and salt and continue to simmer at low-medium heat for about 10-15 minutes until the carrots soften. Reserve about 1/4 cup of the milk (strained) for serving. Add the rolled oats and raisins and cook until the oats are done to your liking- about 10-15 minutes. Add water during the cooking process if needed to reach your desired consistency. Serve with the reserved milk mixture and top with crushed pistachios if desired. Enjoy!

2 thoughts on “gajjar no halvo oatmeal

    1. Hi, Kathleen! I start with whole green cardamom pods which can be found at an Indian grocery store or online. I then crush the pods in a mortar and pestle just slightly. I discard the green shell then grind the small black seeds to a powder and use it in the recipe. If you search “how to use green cardamom pods” on google or youtube, I’m sure you’ll be able to find some visuals and maybe an alternate method. Of course, pre-ground cardamom is more widely available, but the flavor does not compare to freshly ground in my opinion. I hope that helps!


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