Carrot Milk (Gajar Ka Doodh)

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Carrot Milk (Gajar Ka Doodh) is an Indian beverage in which cooked carrot puree is added to milk and flavored with cardamom. This drink is made especially in winter when fresh red carrots are available.

You may like some more carrot recipes: Carrot Raita, Carrot Kheer, Carrot Halwa, and Carrot Cake Overnight Oats.

Carrot milk served in a glass.
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About Carrot Milk (Gajar Doodh)

Carrot Milk (Gajar ka Doodh) is an Indian beverage specially made during winter when fresh red carrots are available. This healthy and vibrant drink is made in under 30 minutes using simple ingredients.

Although it tastes best when made using juicy and sweet red carrots, you can also make it using regular orange carrots. The taste will be slightly different, but it will still be good.

Gajar ka doodh can be served hot or chilled for breakfast, evening snacks, or just before bed.

Due to its many health benefits, it is an excellent drink for toddlers and pregnant or lactating women. However, due to the use of nuts, it is not recommended for babies under the age of 6 months.

Ingredients

Carrot – Try to make this drink using red carrots. They are available in winter in any Indian grocery store. If not, you can make it using regular orange carrots, too.

Try to get organic carrots for maximum health benefits.

Nuts – Almonds, cashews, and carrots are ground together, adding a creamy and rich texture to the milk.

Milk – To make the carrot flavored milk recipe rich and creamy, use whole (full-fat) milk. To make it healthier, you can also use skim or low-fat milk. To make it vegan, use plant-based milk like coconut, oat, or almond milk.

Others – You will also need cloves (laung), sugar, and green cardamom powder (elaichi powder).

Adjust the sugar to your taste. Jaggery, brown sugar, agave, honey, or organic maple syrup can be used as a substitute for sugar.

If you do not have green cardamom powder, crush 2-3 green cardamom pods and add them to the milk.

You can add a few saffron strands to this drink, as it improves sleep quality and is a great antidepressant.

How To Make Carrot Milk

Preparation

Discard ½-inch of the top and bottom of 200 g of red carrots. Peel the carrots using a vegetable peeler and rinse them well.

Now chop them into ½-inch cubes.

Gather the remaining ingredients.

Cook The Carrots

Add 200 g peeled and cubed carrots, 5-6 whole cashew nuts, and 5-6 whole almonds to a pan with 1 cup of water.

Carrots, cashews and almonds boiling in water in a pan.

Cover the pan with a lid and cook on medium heat for 10-12 minutes until the carrots are tender.

Pan covered with a lid.

Remove the pan from heat and let the ingredients cool down completely.

Note: I have cooked carrots in a pan, but you can also use a pressure cooker or an instant pot to speed up the process.

Make The Carrot Milk

Transfer the cooled ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.

Cooked ingredients added to a blender.
Smooth paste made.

Transfer 1 liter of whole milk and 2 cloves to a pan and heat over medium heat until the milk boils. Stir frequently to avoid scorching at the bottom of the pan.

Milk and cloves heating in a pan.

Reduce the heat to low.

Add the carrot paste and cook for 10-12 minutes on low heat. Stir frequently.

Carrot puree added to the pan.

Add ½ teaspoon cardamom powder and ¼ cup sugar and cook for another 3-4 minutes.

Check the sweetness of the milk, add more sugar if required, and cook for another minute.

Ground cardamom added to the pan.

Pour gajar ka doodh into serving glasses, garnish with slivered almonds, pistachios, and dried edible flowers, and serve hot.

Note – You can strain the milk if you don’t like bits of carrot coming into your mouth.

You can also serve it chilled if you wish to.

Ready carrot milk.

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Carrot Milk (Gajar Doodh) is an Indian beverage where cooked carrot puree is added to milk and flavored with cardamom. This drink is made especially in winters when fresh red carrots are available.
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Carrot Milk Recipe (Gajar Ka Doodh)

Carrot Milk (Gajar Doodh) is an Indian beverage where cooked carrot puree is added to milk and flavored with cardamom. This drink is made especially in winters when fresh red carrots are available.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

  • 200 grams red carrots (peeled and cubed, or yellow carrots if red carrots are not available)
  • 5-6 whole cashew nuts
  • 5-6 whole almonds
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 litre whole milk (full-fat milk) (use skim or low-fat milk to make it healthier. Use plant-based milk to make it vegan.)
  • 2 cloves (laung)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom (hari elaichi powder)
  • ¼ cup sugar (or to taste)
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Instructions 

Cook The Carrots

  • Add carrots, cashew nuts, and almonds to a pan along with 1 cup water.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and cook on medium heat for 10-12 minutes until the carrots are tender.
  • Remove the pan from heat and let the ingredients cool down completely.
  • Note – I have cooked carrots in a pan, but to fasten the process, you can cook them in a pressure cooker or an instant pot.

Make The Carrot Milk

  • Transfer the cooled ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  • Transfer milk and cloves to a pan and heat over medium heat until the milk comes to a boil. Stir frequently to avoid scorching.
  • Reduce the heat to low.
  • Add the carrot paste to the pan and cook for 10-12 minutes on low heat. Stir frequently.
  • Add cardamom powder and sugar and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Check the sweetness of the milk and add more sugar if required and cook for another minute.
  • Pour gajar ka doodh into serving glasses, garnish with slivered almonds, pistachios, and dried edible flowers, and serve hot. You can also serve it chilled.

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Notes

Although it tastes best when made using juicy and sweet red carrots, you can also use regular orange carrots.
You can strain the milk if you don’t like bits of carrot coming into your mouth.

Nutrition

Calories: 88kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 38mg, Potassium: 186mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 8354IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 24mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This was amazing. Super easy, straightforward recipe. I couldn’t find red carrots so I just used regular orange ones. I also used oat milk and three extra teaspoons of sugar. So yummy, thank you for sharing your recipe!