Halwa originated from nut dishes introduced by traders from the Middle East and Asia Minor during the Mughal period. Carrot halwa, a favourite of the Sikhs, comes from the rich fields of Punjab. One of the most popular halwas in India, it is enjoyed as a dessert as well as a sweet. Made in the traditional way, the grated carrot is added to the sweetened milk fudge (khoya) and constantly stirred. Cardamom is then added to the mix to give it its unmistakable flavour. A soft confection that melts in the mouth, it is small wonder that carrot halwa is one of the most popular sweets all over the India.