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Delicious decadent desserts from around the world!

Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Caramel

Salted caramel flavored Instant Pot Dulce De Leche

Dulce de Leche is a rich and velvety smooth, one-ingredient caramel sauce that is great for dipping and topping.  Traditionally, it is made by simmering sweetened milk over slow heat for several hours.  My simple recipe for Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Caramel, is hands-off and helps you achieve the same rich taste with just two minutes of prep, in half the time of a stove recipe! Continue Reading…

Instant Pot Fudgy Brownies

Instant Pot Fudgy Brownies by Spice Cravings. If you're into fudgy brownies, these Instant Pot Fudgy Brownies are the BEST brownies ever! They are delicious, moist, chewy and super fudgy on the inside! #SpiceCravings #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #brownies #dessert #chocolate

If you’re a fan of chocolate brownies, you will love this recipe for Instant Pot Fudgy Brownies!  They are the BEST brownies ever!  They are moist, chewy and super fudgy.  The texture is as if Chocolate Brownies and Molten Lava Cake had a baby 🙂

At my house, we all love brownies!  We can have them in any season, anytime of the day (ok, I ‘generally’ don’t allow them for breakfast), with vanilla or mint-chocolate chip ice-cream, drizzled with caramel or chocolate sauce, or, my favorite way, as-is.  But there is one thing all four of us are particular about, they have to be FUDGY brownies!  I’ve been making fudge brownies in the oven for over a decade now. But recently, after several delicious batches of Chocolate Lava cake in the Instant Pot, I decided to give Instant Pot brownies a shot.

For the purpose of this experiment, I used our favorite brownie-mix from Trader Joe’s, and now,  I am excited to try our zillion variation of brownies from scratch.  Next on my list is my kids’ recipe for 4-ingredient Nutella Brownies! Can’t wait!

Instant pot chocolate fudgy brownies
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Kesar Badam Halwa | Saffron Almond Pudding

Kesar Badam Halwa, Saffron Almond Pudding by Spice Cravings. Kesar Badam halwa, or Saffron Almond Pudding, is the undisputed "king" of Indian desserts. Made using just 5-6 simple ingredients, it is one of the most delicious and decadent desserts. I make it using almond flour, milk, butter or ghee (clarified butter), sugar, cardamom and saffron. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie #saffron #almond #fudge #halwa #indiancuisine #desserts

Kesar Badam halwa, or Saffron Almond Pudding, is the undisputed “king” of Indian desserts. Made using just six simple ingredients, it is one of the most delicious and decadent desserts. I make it using almond flour , milk, butter or ghee (clarified butter), sugar, cardamom and saffron.

Naturally sweet and nutty almond flour, or almond meal,  forms the foundation of this rich dessert.

I add milk for a creamy and silky smooth texture. Saffron provides a beautiful floral aroma and vibrant yellow color to this halwa.  I add a pinch of freshly crushed cardamom since that enhances and compliments the flavors of saffron.

Traditional Stove-Top Recipe

Up until I came up with this recipe, I had been making Almond Halwa following my mother-in-law’s super delicious recipe.

I would start by soaking the almonds in warm water for 3-4 hours, peel off their skin, then puree them into a paste using about a quarter cup of milk. I would then saute the almond paste and sugar mix in ghee. Saffron soaked in warm milk would go in and I’d continue to saute till it reached a pudding like consistency.

That process took anywhere from 30 -45 minutes depending on the quantity.  During the entire process, I would have to stir almost continuously to prevent the almond paste and sugar from sticking at the bottom and burning.

The result was always finger-licking good, but, it was a labor of love!

Kesar Badam Halwa, Saffron Almond Pudding by Spice Cravings. Kesar Badam halwa, or Saffron Almond Pudding, is the undisputed "king" of Indian desserts. Made using just 5-6 simple ingredients, it is one of the most delicious and decadent desserts. I make it using almond flour, milk, butter or ghee (clarified butter), sugar, cardamom and saffron. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie #saffron #almond #fudge #halwa #indiancuisine #desserts
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Gujiya | Deep Fried Milk Fudge Turnovers

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

Gujiya, or Milk Fudge Turnovers, are a popular Indian dessert commonly made in the northern part of India around the festivals of Holi and Diwali.

Gujiya is a sweet dumpling that is made by stuffing pastry dough with sweetened milk fudge (khoya), chopped nuts and coconut flakes.

Traditionally, you fry the dumplings to make the deep fried gujiya and finish off by glazing with a thick sugar syrup.

The process of making Gujiya requires making a dough with all-purpose flour, ghee (clarified butter) and water.  You combine all ingredients and make a soft dough, set it to rest while you prepare the filling.

The filling is made with Khoya as a base. Khoya, also known as Mawa, is basically dried milk solids. It is available in the freezer aisle of your local Indian store, right next to the Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese).

Nanak Khoya Mawa Gujiya Recipe Garam Masala KitchenI personally like the brand Nanak for khoya. It comes in a 12 oz pack. This quantity of Khoya makes stuffing good for making 40 Gujiya.

You can either divide the Khoya in half and freeze it, or, make the entire stuffing and freeze that for a later use.

I always prefer to make the stuffing and freeze half for later use, for making Gujiya, or add it to my Gajar Halwa (Carrot Halwa) instead of Khoya!

Stuffing for Gujiya

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

This is my mother-in-law’s ‘family-famous’ Gujiya recipe. The Gujiya mix is made by crumbling khoya in a mildly warm skillet.

I do this step in the microwave now; it saves so much time and effort.   You then add chopped nuts like cashews, almonds and pistachios and also, add the desiccated coconut and freshly ground cardamom powder.

When this mixture is cool, add the sugar to the mix. Now your Gujiya is ready to assemble.

Making the Deep Fried Gujiya

A small dough ball is rolled into a circular shaped disc, about 3-inch in diameter. About 1/2-3/4 tablespoon of khoya mixture goes in the center and then the dough is folded in a crescent shape and edges are sealed. That’s your Gujiya.

You then deep fry the gujiya in medium warm oil till it turns golden in color.  Remove the gujiya and put it straight into a sugar syrup.

Toss a few times, remove from the syrup, and set aside on a platter to crisp up.  Garnish the gujiyas with chopped pistachios. It is simply a bite of heaven!

Oven-Baked Gujiya

My family loves the traditional gujiya.   But during the festival season, my husband and I end up “over-indulging”, if that’s a word.  I’m sure many can relate to that.

So, after many experiments to reduce the cooking time and to make the gujiya a bit healthier, I finally hit upon this recipe for Baked Gujiya.

Check out this Baked Gujiya recipe, which is my 30-minute, quick and healthier, baked version of this favorite.

Baked-Gujiya-Garam Masala Kitchen
Baked Gujiya

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)
Kesar Badam Halwa, Saffron Almond Pudding by Spice Cravings . #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie #saffron #almond #fudge #halwa #indiancuisine #desserts
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)
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
Gajar ka Halwa
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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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
Gujiya | Deep Fried Milk Fudge Turnovers
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

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.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 20 Gujiya
Calories: 112 kcal
Author: Spice Cravings
Ingredients
Gujiya Dough
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon soozi (semolina)
  • 2 tablespoon ghee or oil
  • 1/3 cup water adjust for a semi-soft, pizza dough like consistency
Binding/Sealing paste:
  • Combine 1 tbsp water and 1 tbsp flour and mix to form a paste for sealing Gujiya
Khoya Stuffing
Glazing Ingredients:(enough glaze for 20-22 Gujias)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds & raw unsalted pistachio. Shelled (for garnish after glazing)
Instructions
  1. Make Dough: In a large mixing bowl, add soozi and melted ghee (or oil), to the sifted flour and mix with a fork to to mix everything well. I make this dough using the dough attachment on my Food Processor. Add water a few tablespoons at a time to reach a semi-soft dough which has a pizza dough like consistency. Remove dough and knead it for 1-2 minutes. Cover with a damp cloth for 15 minutes. Knead again before rolling it out.

  2. Make Stuffing: Microwave Khoya for 2-3 minutes, in 30 seconds increments to make khoya easy to crumble. Heat non stick skillet/pan on medium heat. Crumble khoya in to the pan. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, press down and break it in smaller pieces. Keep pressing till khoya becomes soft, consistency of a soft dough. (it should be pliable). Turn off the heat. Alternatively, you can do this whole process in the microwave by heating khoya for 3-5 minutes in 1-minute increments, stirring in between, till the khoya becomes soft. Add chopped nuts, coconut powder and cardamom powder. Mix well and allow to cool off for a few minutes (4-5). Add sugar and mix well. Taste to adjust sugar to your taste preference. The stuffing is ready.

  3. Assemble Gujiya: Knead dough for 1-2 minutes and divide it into 20 balls. Dust your rolling pin with some all purpose flour and roll out each ball into a thin circle of about 3 inches diameter. Apply sealing paste on the edges of half the circle. Place about 2 teaspoons or 1/2 a tablespoon of filling in the circle and then fold over to make a crescent shape, and seal the Gujiya edges, (just like you would for a turnover).

  4. Fry Gujiya: Heat oil in between med and med-high. Drop the Gujiya and fry till golden brown- keep flipping 3-4 times. It takes about 4-5 minutes for them to turn golden brown, this time may vary depending on your heat level. Fry the gujiya in two batches (not more than 10 in each round).

  5. Make Sugar Syrup: While Gujiya is frying, heat a sauce pan on medium heat. Add sugar and water. Bring to a boil and simmer on medium heat till it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5-6 minutes.

  6. Glaze and garnish: Dip fried Gujiya in the cooled sugar syrup, coating well on all sides. Sprinkle some crushed pistachios on top. Place on a wire-rack for setting.

Recipe Notes

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
Gujiya | Deep Fried Milk Fudge Turnovers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 112 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 23mg 1%
Potassium 30mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Sugars 6g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 0.8%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 6.4%
Iron 2.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

25+ Quick ‘n’ Easy Vegetarian Recipes for Holi!

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Happy-Holi-Wishes-Garam Masala Kitchen25+ Quick ‘n’ Easy Vegetarian Recipes for Holi!

Out of all the Indian festivals, Holi is my absolute favorite! It is the festival of colors after all! Growing up in India, that was one day, where everyone could officially go crazy, and get away with it. I still remember how the day before Holi used to go in buying every possible color powder I could find in the stores, and, getting my water guns ready for the big day.  I remember waking up before everyone else in the house, with sheer excitement of the day ahead!

The one thing that’s common in all Indian festivals, is a variety of amazingly delicious food. Every region in north India has their own spin on holi delicacies. From savory delicacies to mouth-watering desserts, it is a day spent in food heaven:-) My personal favorite of all these recipes is homemade Gujiya! I could just make a meal out of it 🙂 I used to make Gujiya the traditional way, the way my mother-in-law taught me, stuff them and fry them to a golden brown perfection. But past few years, I have been baking them instead of frying them and my kids love it. They love the flaky pastry and the yummy gujiya filling in every bite. And a big plus is that it is super easy and mess free to make. You can check out the recipe for fried and baked Gujiya underneath. Sharing some of my favorites with you!

Here are 25+ recipes to add to your Holi menu, and the best part is, most of them can be done in under 30 minutes, so that you spend less time cooking, and more time enjoying them! Spice Cravings wishes you all a very Happy Holi!

Recipes for Sweet Dishes        Recipes for Savory Dishes


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Carrot Burfi | Gajar ki Burfi | Carrot Fudge in Instant Pot

Instant Pot Carrot Burfi or Gajar Burfi or Fudge

Carrot Burfi | Gajar ki Burfi can be best described as Carrot Fudge.  It is a fudge-like variation of the classic sweet-dish, called Gajar Halwa,  from the region of Punjab, in the Indian subcontinent. It is made by slow-cooking grated carrots with milk, ghee, nuts and sugar.  I saute the cooked carrots till they are dry enough to form a fudge like consistency.

My Healthier Spin

In this recipe, I have made this dessert healthier (and guilt-free), by substituting half the milk powder with Almond Flour.  Adding almond meal, boosts the protein content of the dish and makes this dessert lighter as compared to the full-dairy version.  You can customize it further, and make this dairy-free by substituting ‘milk with Almond Milk’, ‘milk powder with Almond Flour‘,  and, ‘ghee with coconut or refined olive oil’.  

Great for Entertaining

The best part of making this Carrot Burfi, is that it is a finger-food, no utensils required to eat this, which makes this great for serving at parties. This can be made a few days in advance and refrigerated.

The bigger advantage for me is, that these small individual size squares work great for portion control for me. It lets me enjoy this delicacy without over-indulging, which is really easy in this case 😉

Carrot Burfi | Gajar ki Burfi can be best described as Carrot Fudge.  It's a delicious fudge-like variation of the classic Indian sweet, called Gajar Halwa!

Tips to Cut Cooking Time in Half for Gajar ki Burfi 

Normally, Gajar ki burfi would take much longer on the stove-top, plus I would 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. The milk is reduced 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 and Almond meal, 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!

Almond Meal or Almond Flour

Almond meal is basically almonds ground to a powdery consistency.   A finer blend called Almond Flour is also a great option in this recipe.   It is available in 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.

If you like this recipe, you might enjoy the Gajar ka Halwa / Carrol Halwa recipe too! Slight variation in the recipe, but the end result is too hard to resist!

Instant Pot Carrot Halwa GajarHalwa

Stove-Top Method for Carrot Burfi

You could follow this recipe steps and cook this halwa on medium heat, till the liquid dries up and you get a fudge-like consistency. It can take around 25-30 minutes. This time can vary, depending on the quantity you’re making.

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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)
Kesar Badam Halwa, Saffron Almond Pudding by Spice Cravings . #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie #saffron #almond #fudge #halwa #indiancuisine #desserts
Kesar Badam Halwa
Coconut Ladoos
10-Minute Coconut Laddoo
Besan ladoos
Easiest Besan Laddoo
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
Gajar ka halwa
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 Burfi or Gajar Burfi or Fudge
Gajar ki Burfi | Carrot Burfi | Carrot Fudge
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Gajar ki Burfi can be best described as Carrot Fudge.  It's a delicious fudge-like variation of the classic Indian sweet, called Gajar ka Halwa!   This healthier recipe substitutes some of the milk powder with almond flour and cuts cooking time using the instant pot pressure cooker.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 24 Pieces
Calories: 81 kcal
Author: Spice Cravings
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoon ghee or unsalted butter
  • 4 cups carrots grated. About 4-5 large or 7-9 medium
  • 3/4 cup milk microwaved for 1 min (I use 2%, can use whole milk too, or Almond Milk)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup nonfat milk powder
  • 1/2 cup almond flour or almond meal
  • (I use a combination of milk powder and almond flour, you can use one instead. Adjust quantity accordingly )
  • 1/2 teaspoon green cardamom powder : about 6 pods, de-seeded and crushed
  • 1/4 cup cashews and almonds chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cashews and almonds chopped for garnish
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 on the instant pot to 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 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 release pressure (QR) and open the lid after the pin drops. Turn on SAUTE (normal). Add milk powder and almond flour, and stir. Cook off the liquid, stirring every few minutes initially, and then every 30 seconds or so towards the end. This takes around 8-10 minutes. The actual time depends on the quantity you're making. For this quantity, it took me 9 minutes to reach my desired consistency.
  4. Add cardamom powder and stir. Remove the carrot mix (fudge) in a parchment lined pan. Using the back of a spoon, or an Offset Spatula, spread it evenly and smoothen the top. Garnish with chopped nuts and gently press into the fudge, so that the nuts stick to the fudge. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour. Remove and cut into shapes of your choice. Enjoy with a cup of tea!
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
Gajar ki Burfi | Carrot Burfi | Carrot Fudge
Amount Per Serving
Calories 81 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 32mg 1%
Potassium 140mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 7g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 72.7%
Vitamin C 1.7%
Calcium 5.7%
Iron 1.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Salted Caramel Molten Lava Cakes: Instant Pot or Oven

Salted Caramel Molten Lava Cakes by Spice Cravings, are the ultimate indulgence in my home. Rich dark chocolate, blended with salted caramel, topped with salted caramel ice-cream, it is a match made in dessert-heaven. This recipe uses pressure cooking in an instant pot to bake the cakes. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

In my home, the ultimate indulgence is warm -gooey Salted Caramel Molten Lava Cakes.  Rich dark chocolate, blended with salted caramel, topped with salted caramel ice-cream, it is a match made in dessert-heaven.  It’s our go-to dessert for family game nights or any instant celebrations in the house.

Individual Servings

Since this is a decadent dessert, I like to make individual portions using these Silicone Cupcake Liners. These liners serve three great purposes in my home: First, the silicone molds don’t get hot to the touch after baking, so handling is super easy, my kids bake with these often. Second, taking the lava cakes out of these molds is a breeze. Simply, invert them on to your serving dish, and they slip out nice and easy. Third, it does portion control for me. I take one, finish it and feel satisfied that I had a full dessert. After that, I don’t feel like going for seconds, like I would be tempted to, if it were a cake:-)

Salted Caramel Molten Lava Cakes by Spice Cravings, are the ultimate indulgence in my home. Rich dark chocolate, blended with salted caramel, topped with salted caramel or Toffee ice-cream, it's a match made in dessert-heaven. I cook these to perfection in my Instant Pot. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie #instantpot #easyrecipe #dessert #30minutemeal #instagood #tasty #lavacake #saltedcaramelchocolate #dessertsPressure Cooking Salted Caramel Molten lava Cakes

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4-Ingredient Chocolate Brownies

This recipe for 4-ingredient Nutella brownies is simple, quick, and still leads to fudgy, chewy and gooey brownies. This recipe needs just all-purpose flour, Nutella (Hazelnut Spread), eggs and chocolate chips. Walnuts optional. By Spice Cravings #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Brownies are one dessert that don’t need an introduction! It’s like someone took chocolate cake and made it fudgy, chewy and gooey on the inside. My family LOVES brownies enough to go any lengths to making them.   We make many variations of brownies like, Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies, Salted Caramel Brownies, Double Dark Chocolate Brownies, Peppermint Bark Brownies, and many more.  This recipe for 4-ingredient Chocolate brownies is the easiest and one of the tastiest ones we make.

Just 4 Ingredients

This recipe is really simple to make.  All you need is all-purpose flour, Nutella (Hazelnut Spread), eggs and chocolate chips.  The addition of chocolate chips makes the brownies really yummy and gooey.  The chips melt as the brownies cook and then you bite into pockets of melted chocolate, which adds a whole new flavor dimension. If you don’t care for gooey brownies, you can skip the chocolate chips and make this recipe with just 3-ingredients. Sometimes, we like to add a 5th ingredient to this recipe- chopped walnuts, and that takes it to another level of yumminess!  The walnuts provide a nice flavor and texture contrast to the brownies.  But that’s purely optional.

This recipe for 4-ingredient Nutella brownies is simple, quick, and makes fudgy, chewy and gooey brownies. This recipe needs just all-purpose flour, Nutella (Hazelnut Spread), eggs and chocolate chips. #SpiceCravings #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #brownies #dessert #chocolate

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The credit for this recipe goes entirely to my kids!  They simply love Nutella!  So, they tweaked their favorite Chocolate Brownies recipe and substituted Nutella for the melted chocolate.  They tested and re-tested this recipe a few times, trying out different combinations of flour and Nutella, and even adding cocoa powder to see if the results were tastier. Finally, they came up with this recipe for 4-Ingredient Chocolate Brownies, which has now become a regular for game day parties in our house.   My kids make a coffee-mug version of this recipe too- Brownies in a Mug– perfect for single servings.

Instructions for 4-Ingredient Chocolate Brownies

This is how you make the 4-Ingredient Chocolate Brownies:

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Whisk eggs

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Add nutella

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Mix

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Add sifted flour

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Mix gently

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Add nuts

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Pour in lined pan

 

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Cool before cutting

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This recipe for 4-ingredient Nutella brownies is simple, quick, and still leads to fudgy, chewy and gooey brownies. This recipe needs just all-purpose flour, Nutella (Hazelnut Spread), eggs and chocolate chips. Walnuts optional. By Spice Cravings #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty
4-Ingredient Brownies
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
16 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

This recipe for 4-ingredient Nutella brownies is simple, quick, and still leads to fudgy, chewy and gooey brownies. This recipe needs just all-purpose flour, Nutella (Hazelnut Spread), eggs and chocolate chips. Walnuts optional. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 Brownies
Calories: 151 kcal
Author: Spice Cravings
Ingredients
Optional add-on
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8"x8" baking pan with Parchment Paper, or, spray it with Pam No-Stick Cooking Spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs using an electric mixer or a wire whisk. Add Nutella and whisk for 30 seconds. Sift in flour and mix everything with a spatula. Add chocolate chips and fold them in. If adding chopped walnuts, add them with the chocolate chips.
  3. Pour batter in a parchment lined pan and bake for about 16-18 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick. If it comes out clean, you're done! Enjoy the brownies with your favorite accompaniments. Some of our favorites are vanilla ice-cream and caramel sauce.
Recipe Notes

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
4-Ingredient Brownies
Amount Per Serving (1 Brownie)
Calories 151 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 19mg 1%
Potassium 114mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 11g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 0.7%
Calcium 3.4%
Iron 6.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This recipe for 4-ingredient Nutella brownies is simple, quick, and makes fudgy, chewy and gooey brownies. This recipe needs just all-purpose flour, Nutella (Hazelnut Spread), eggs and chocolate chips. #SpiceCravings #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #brownies #dessert #chocolate

 

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)
Kesar Badam Halwa, Saffron Almond Pudding by Spice Cravings . #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie #saffron #almond #fudge #halwa #indiancuisine #desserts
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