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Instant Pot Gajar Halwa - Carrot Halwa Recipe

Gajar Halwa | Carrot Halwa dessert in Instant Pot or in a pressure cooker. This ia a rich, delicate, warm and delicious and absolutely decadent dessert.

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Instant Pot Gajar Halwa - Carrot Halwa Recipe

Prep Time = 10 minutes
Cook Time = 20 minutes
Total Time = 30 minutes
Category = Dessert
Cuisine = Indian
Serves = 8
Nutrition Info = 271 calories
Serving Size = 1 serving


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» How to Make Instant Pot Gajar Halwa

  1. Wash the carrots and trim their edges. Peel the skin and shred them using a grater or a food processor. Keep it aside.
  2. Start the instant pot in saute (Normal) mode.
  3. Once the display shows HOT, add the 2 tablespoons ghee.
  4. Now add cashews and roasted them until lightly golden.
  5. Drain fried cashews and transfer them to a separate bowl and set aside
  6. Add grated carrots, stir well and saute for 1 minute.
  7. Add the 4 tablespoons of sugar and mix well to combine.
  8. Cover with the glass lid and cook for 5 minutes. Stir the carrots once or twice in between.
  9. Add in the milk and stir well.
  10. Now add saffron strands and give it a nice mix.
  11. Close the lid and set the pressure valve to seal.
  12. Set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook/Manual(High) for 8 minutes.
  13. Once pressure cooked, quick release after 5 minutes.
  14. After pressure cooking the carrots, turn on the saute (Normal) mode. Add in the remaining 5 tablespoons sugar, and roasted cashews.
  15. Mix well and add the milk powder, and turn the Instant Pot to Sauté (High) and cook for about 7-8 mins until all of the liquid evaporates.
  16. Add in the cardamom powder and about 1 tablespoon of ghee.
  17. Mix everything well to combine and cook for 2 minutes.
  18. Garnish with sliced almonds and sliced pistachios. Serve hot or warm.

» How to Make Stovetop Pressure Cooker Gajar Halwa

  1. Wash the carrots and trim their edges.
  2. Peel the skin and shred them using a grater or a food processor. Keep it aside.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons ghee in a pressure cooker over medium heat.
  4. Once hot add the cashews and fry them until they are lightly golden.
  5. Drain and remove them in a separate bowl and set aside.
  6. In the remaining ghee, add the grated carrots. Saute for 1 minute.
  7. Add half of the sugar and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Now add the milk, saffron strands and mix well.
  9. Cover the cooker with lid, put the weight on.
  10. Pressure cook for 1 whistle over medium heat.
  11. Let the pressure go off completely, before opening the lid.
  12. Turn the heat on medium.
  13. Add in the sugar, roasted cashews, and milk powder.
  14. Stir well and cook for 5-7 minutes or till the all the liquid evaporates and halwa gets dry.
  15. Now add the cardamom powder and 1 tablespoon of ghee.
  16. Mix well and cook for 1 minute.
  17. Garnish with sliced almonds and sliced pistachios.
  18. Serve hot or warm.


  1. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.
  2. Milk powder is added for the richness in taste. If you want a substitution for milkpowder meal in Gajar Halwa then you can replace it with any of these; Khoya or mawa(dried milk solids), condensed milk, ricotta cheese, almond meal.
  3. You can store Gajar Ka Halwa for up to 3 weeks in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This halwa would only stay fresh when kept covered. Simply microwave it for 30 seconds on high heat, or warm it in a double boiler when you want to serve this halwa.
  4. You can also replace sugar with jaggery or dates.

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