Carrot Halwa | Gajar Ka Halwa in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot Carrot Halwa Gajar ka Halwa by Spice Cravings. Carrot Halwa or Gajar ka halwa is a dessert from Punjab, in the Indian subcontinent. It's consistency is between a fudge and a pudding. It is made by slow cooking grated carrots with milk and sugar, flavored with cardamom and saffron and garnished with chopped almonds and cashews. A perfect comfort dessert for winters. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Carrot Halwa or Gajar ka halwa, also known as Gajrela, is a carrot-based sweet dessert from the region of Punjab, in the Indian subcontinent.

It’s consistency is somewhere between a fudge and a pudding.  It is made by slow cooking grated carrots with milk and sugar, flavored with cardamom and saffron.

Garnished with chopped almonds and cashews, this dish is the perfect comfort dessert for winters.

I have so many fond memories of my mom’s Carrot Halwa- it was simply amazing.  My mom always made it on the stove-top, the traditional low-and-slow way.  I was finally able to adapt her recipe to the Instant Pot 6qt, my programmable pressure cooker.

It reduces the cooking time and eliminates the initial stirring time, which to me, is a huge plus.  To learn more about the instant pot, check out my Instant Pot FAQ and Accessories blog

Healthier & Faster Gajar ka Halwa

Traditionally, gajar ka halwa takes much longer on the stove-top, plus I have to baby-sit this dish the whole time.  By using my electrical pressure cooker, Instant Pot, I cut that time in half, and I don’t have to stand by it for most of the cooking process.

The traditional recipe also calls for an equal amount of milk and carrots.  You reduce the milk on slow heat, till it dries up, leaving behind the fudgy creamy milk solids, which add to the richness of the halwa.

The end result is divine, but it does take a fair amount of time, babysitting and muscle power:-)

By substituting most of that milk with dried milk powder, I am able to cut down on that active cooking time, without losing the texture and taste.  Dare I mention, I used non-fat milk powder, so I saved a few calories too!

If you are looking for an even healthier twist, you can substitute half the dried milk powder with almond meal.  Almond meal is available at most supermarkets and on Amazon too.  But, if you cannot find it, simply grind whole almonds into a powder, using a spice or Coffee Bean Grinder.

Finger Food Variation

I make another variation of the gajar ka halwa, which is gajar burfi (carrot fudge).   This burfi is cut into small pieces that can be eated as finger food.  It is also a bit “fudgier” in consistency.    Gajar burfi is ideal for big parties where guests can just grab and go.

Instant Pot Carrot Burfi or Gajar Burfi or Fudge
Gajar Burfi (Carrot Fudge)

More Indian desserts to enjoy

Here are some other Indian desserts that I love to make and my family really enjoys.


Sooji Sheera (Semolina Pudding)
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Kesar Badam Halwa
Coconut Ladoos
10-Minute Coconut Laddoo
Besan ladoos
Easiest Besan Laddoo
Instant Pot Carrot Burfi or Gajar Burfi or Fudge
Gajar Burfi (Carrot Fudge)
Deep Fried Gujiya, by Spice Cravings. Deep Fried Gujiya, or Milk Fudge Turnovers, are a popular dessert made in the northern part of India around the festivals of Holi and Diwali. It is a deep-fried sweet dumpling that is made by stuffing pastry dough with sweetened milk fudge (khoya), chopped nuts and coconut flakes and is glazed with a thick sugar syrup. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie
Deep Fried Gujiya 
Rice Pudding- Kheer in Instant Pot
Kheer, Rice Pudding
Baked Gujiya by Spice Cravings. Gujiya, or Milk Fudge Turnovers, are a popular dessert made in the northern part of India around the festivals of Holi and Diwali. This recipe is an oven baked version of the traditional deep fried gujiya, which is a sweet dumpling that is made by stuffing pastry dough with sweetened milk fudge (khoya), chopped nuts and coconut flakes and is glazed with a thick sugar syrup. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie
Baked Gujiya
Almond spice cookies- eggless almond spice cookies, Almond Nankhatai by Spice Cravings. This healthy version of Nankhatai or Almond Spice Cookies uses mixes in whole wheat flour, and almond flour with the all purpose flour & a bunch of spices. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian
Nankhatai (Almond Spice Cookies)

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Instant Pot Carrot Halwa Gajar ka Halwa by Spice Cravings. Carrot Halwa or Gajar ka halwa is a dessert from Punjab, in the Indian subcontinent. It's consistency is between a fudge and a pudding. It is made by slow cooking grated carrots with milk and sugar, flavored with cardamom and saffron and garnished with chopped almonds and cashews. A perfect comfort dessert for winters. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty
Carrot Halwa | Gajar ka Halwa in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Carrot Halwa or Gajar ka Halwa is a dessert from Punjab, in the Indian subcontinent. It's consistency is between a fudge and a pudding. It is made by slow cooking grated carrots with milk and sugar, flavored with cardamom and saffron and garnished with chopped almonds and cashews. A perfect comfort dessert for winters.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: fudge
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 301 kcal
Author: Spice Cravings
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoon ghee or unsalted butter
  • 6 cups carrots grated. About 5-6 large or 10-12 medium
  • 1 cup milk microwaved for 2 mins (I use 2%, can use whole milk too, no fat-free)
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron : optional
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups Nonfat Milk Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon green cardamom powder or about 6 pods, de-seeded and crushed
  • 1/4 cup cashews and almonds chopped
  • 1 tablespoon almonds chopped for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Prep: Wash, peel and grate carrots. If using a Box Grater, use the large side. I use my Food Processor to shred the carrots.  Chop cashews and almonds and keep aside.

  2. Turn the instant pot on SAUTE mode, when it displays "hot", add ghee or butter. Add chopped nuts and carrots and saute for 2-3 minutes. This prevents the carrots from turning mushy later. Add warm milk, saffron and sugar, stir well. Adding warm milk ensures that the milk won't curdle under pressure, and, speeds up the pressure building time significantly. Close lid and cook on Manual/Pressure Cook for 5 minutes. Set the valve to Sealing position.

  3. Manually quick release pressure (QR) and open the lid after the pin drops. Turn on SAUTE (high). Add milk powder and stir. Cook off the liquid, stirring every few minutes. This takes around 10-15 minutes. The actual time depends on the quantity of carrots as well as your personal preference. For this quantity, it took me 12-13 minutes to reach my desired consistency.

  4. Add cardamom powder and stir. Garnish with chopped almonds (optional) Serve warm!

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Recipe Notes

If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.

 

Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition Facts
Carrot Halwa | Gajar ka Halwa in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Amount Per Serving
Calories 301 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 186mg 8%
Potassium 746mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 35g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 330.5%
Vitamin C 8.5%
Calcium 33.3%
Iron 3.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Instant Pot Carrot Halwa Gajar ka Halwa by Spice Cravings. Carrot Halwa or Gajar ka halwa is a dessert from Punjab, in the Indian subcontinent. It's consistency is between a fudge and a pudding. It is made by slow cooking grated carrots with milk and sugar, flavored with cardamom and saffron and garnished with chopped almonds and cashews. A perfect comfort dessert for winters. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

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3 Comments

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    Mona
    January 27, 2018 at 7:53 am

    This is so unbelievably delicious! I made a different recipe a few weeks ago and while that one was very easy (dump and go), it didn’t have the flavor or texture I was hoping for. The milk powder addition is brilliant. Thanks for a great recipe – it’s definitely a keeper!

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      aneeshasg
      January 27, 2018 at 8:39 am

      Thank you Mona! The sautéing does take a little effort, but the result is totally worth it. So glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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    Sam G
    October 26, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Terrific recipe – thank you

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