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Instant Pot Gajar Halwa Recipe

Make this delicious carrot halwa in 15 minutes in Instant Pot. Its super simple, easy, delicious and made without Khowa or mawa. You can make it in pressure cooker as well.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Desserts, Sweets
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Gajar halwa, Instant Pot, Pressure Cooker
Diet: Egg-Free, Gluten Free
Servings: 12
Calories: 249kcal
Author: Farrukh Aziz

Ingredients

  • 1 kg Carrots grated
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 Tin Condensed Milk or 1 Cup Sugar
  • 12-15 Cashew nuts
  • 120 g Ghee
  • 2 tsp Cardamom powder

Optional

  • Raisins
  • A pinch of saffron

Instructions

Making Gajar Halwa in Instant Pot

  • To begin with, press the Sauté mode. Once the IP displays 'Hot', add ghee to heat.
  • Then, add grated carrots and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Carrot will start to soften
  • Add milk and saffron, mix.
  • Cover the pot with lid with pressure valve in sealing position. Cancel sauté mode and press manual/pressure cooker button and set the timer to 4 minutes
  • Once the IP beeps, let the pressure reales naturally for 3-4 minutes and then do quick release manually by moving valve from sealing to venting position.
  • Open the pot, press sauté button again. Now add condensed milk, cashew nuts, raisins and cardamom powder, stir.
  • Continue to stir for 8-10 minutes until all the liquid is dried up. Stirring is important as to avoid the halwa getting stuck at the bottom of the pot.
  • Gajar halwa is ready to serve. Dish out and serve warm or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Making Carrot Halwa Pressure Cooker

  • First, heat ghee in pressure cooker.
  • Then add grated carrot and sauté on high for 4-5 minutes or until carrot softens.
  • Add milk and bring it a boil. Add saffron, mix and pressure cook for 1 whistle and on low for 2-3 minutes. Switch off the gas and allow the pressure to release naturally.
  • Then add, milkmaid or condensed milk, cashew nuts, raisins, cardamom powder and mix. Sauté the halwa on high for 7-8 minutes stirring continuously to avoid burning. All the liquid should be dried up.
  • Dish out and serve warm as it is or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Notes

Add sugar as per the sweetness you like.
Use your choice of favourite nuts for this recipe.
For vegan option, substitute ghee with neutral oil or vegan butter, and almond milk cashew milk instead of dairy milk and sugar instead of condensed milk.

Nutrition

Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 429mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 14045IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 0.5mg