Instant Gajar Halwa

// Delight in the flavors of Instant Gajar Halwa or Carrot Halwa, a quick and creamy carrot dessert. Perfect for winter or festive occasions.



This Instant Gajar Halwa, cooked in a pressure cooker, has all the rich and heartwarming flavors of classic Gajar Halwa without any hassle. Made with basic ingredients, this halwa is a quick and easy way to prepare gajar ka halwa without laborious tasks.

Without any grating, food processing, or constant stirring, this instant version of Gajar Halwa comes together in just 20 minutes.

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Prepared in the versatile pressure cooker, this Instant Gajar Halwa is a sweet treat that will instantly become a favorite for festive occasions or simply as a comforting winter dessert.

About Instant Gajar Halwa

Instant Gajar Halwa is a quick version of the traditional Indian dessert ‘Gajar Halwa’ in the convenience of the modern kitchen. This Indian sweet dish, Carrot Halwa or Pressure Cooker Gajar Halwa recipe, has a luxuriously smooth texture with a delightful blend of flavors. The main features of this recipe are the rich and heartwarming flavors, similar to the classic Gajar Halwa.

Gajar Halwa carries a sentimental value that passed through generations. Simply make this instant halwa, serve it with love and share the warmth of this beautiful traditional dessert with family and friends.

a bowl of instant gajar halwa on a table with a silver candle stand in background

Not only does this Halwa have a creamy texture, but it is also infused with the floral touch of saffron strands and the aromatic essence of cardamom. The addition of sweetened condensed milk adds sweetness while enhancing the richness and creaminess of this instant carrot halwa recipe. Ghee adds a rich and indulgent touch. Garnished with a medley of almonds, pistachios, and cashews, this sweet dish promises not only ease of preparation but also a burst of delightful flavors.

Another great thing about this traditional winter dessert is that, unlike traditional recipe methods, it takes only 20 minutes. With this quick and easy recipe, you get the halwa without the tiresome task of grating carrots and stirring for hours.

The particular pressure cooker halwa recipe is designed to make the cooking process faster and easier, where you use a pressure cooker to cook halwa, and instead of the traditional method of grating carrots manually, you just pressure cook the carrots with ghee, aromatics, and milk. The use of the pressure cooker guarantees that the cooking process is straightforward.

The highlights of this halwa are the convenience of preparing the dish in a pressure cooker, making it an ideal for special occasions, festivals, or as a comforting winter dessert.

This Instant Gajar Halwa

✔︎ satisfies sweet cravings

✔︎ is faster and more straightforward

✔︎ is perfect for celebrations & special occasions

✔︎ is made without grating carrots

✔︎ brings warmth during winters

✔︎ gets done in under 20 minutes

✔︎ is a traditional Indian dessert

✔︎ is an ultimate comfort food

✔︎ is a versatile recipe

✔︎ is suitable for a vegetarian & gluten-free diet

✔︎ can also be made vegan

✔︎ is made instantly with the ease of a pressure cooker

✔︎ is rich, creamy, and delicious

Ingredients

  • Carrots: As the name suggests, carrot or gajar is the star ingredient of this halwa recipe. It provides the base with its natural sweetness and vibrant color to this halwa recipe. I have used orange carrots here, but you can also use Indian-style red carrots.

Black carrots can also be used for a different flavor profile.

  • Ghee: Ghee is added to halwa recipes for a rich and buttery flavor. It imparts a tempting Indian dessert flavor to this instant halwa recipe.

  • Milk: It is used as a liquid to cook the carrots. Milk gives it a thick, creamy, and milky base to this halwa recipe. You can also use low-fat milk here, but it is advised to use full-cream milk for the best taste and texture.

  • Sweetened Condensed Milk: I have used it as a sweetener in this recipe. It not only adds sweetness but also contributes to a thick, creamy, and luscious texture while balancing the sweetness of the carrots in the halwa recipe.

  • Khoya (Optional): To make it taste like a halwai or confectioner’s style halwa, I have added some Mawa or khoya. It is a dried milk that adds an extra dimension of richness and creaminess.

  • Flavorings: I have added cardamom powder to infuse this dessert with a fragrant and warm essence. I have also used saffron strands to impart a subtle floral fragrance.

  • Dry Fruits: For a delightful crunch and nutty undertones, I have added almonds, pistachios, and cashews. I have also included some raisins for a fruity touch.

a bowl of pressure cooker gajar halwa ganrished with dried rose petals on a table

Variations

Instant Pot Gajar Halwa

You can make the same halwa recipe in an instant pot. To prepare this version, simply follow the instant pot gajar halwa recipe, and you will have instant pot gajar halwa ready in no time.

Gajar Halwa in a Pan

If you prefer sticking to the traditional halwa-making process, you can follow this authentic gajar halwa recipe.

Mix Carrot Halwa

For this version, you can use a mix of carrots and follow the instructions for this instant halwa recipe.

Carrot Walnut Halwa

If you love walnut halwa and carrot halwa, try making carrot walnut halwa by adding 1/2 cup of coarsely ground roasted walnuts. Simply roast the walnuts in ghee and set them aside. Add them along with the three cups of milk. For this type of halwa recipe, you might need to add more sweetener. You can either use an additional 1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk or 1/4 cup of sugar.

Carrot Almond Halwa

Enjoy eating badam halwa? Why not make carrot almond halwa by combining gajar halwa and badam halwa? For this version, add ghee-roasted almond flour to the carrot mixture while adding milk to the halwa recipe.

Fruity Fusion Gajar Halwa

For an indulging fusion, add a fruity touch by incorporating finely chopped dried fruits such as apricots, dates, or figs. They will enhance the overall taste of this halwa with their natural sweetness and chewiness that complements the carrot base.

Coconut Gajar Halwa

Love the tropical flavor in this dessert? Give this version of Coconut Gajar Halwa a try. It is like combining khopra pak with gajar halwa. Coconut and carrots pair very well. To make this version, simply swap milk powder with desiccated coconut or coconut powder.

The rest of the recipe will be the same.

Rose-Flavored Gajar Halwa

Love a rose infusion in your traditional dishes? Then give your halwa a touch of floral elegance by adding a few drops of rose water or rose extract.

Carrot and Orange Halwa

For a refreshing twist, add some orange zest and orange essence to the gajar halwa recipe.

Caramelized Carrot Garnish

Want to turn your simple gajar halwa into a gourmet dessert? Then garnish your halwa with caramelized carrot ribbons and take your halwa presentation to the next level.

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Storage Suggestions

This instant version of Gajar Halwa stays fresh for up to 1 week when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To store, let the halwa cool completely at room temperature. Once cooled, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to one week.

When you want to serve, simply reheat the halwa in a stovetop pan until heated through or reheat it in a microwave for about 30 seconds or until warm.

Serving Suggestions

This halwa tastes best when served warm, garnished with additional nuts. A warm bowl of this carrot halwa is an ideal winter dessert. It is also a suitable treat for parties, weddings, festive gatherings, or simply as a sweet treat after a family dinner.

This halwa can be served either warm or at room temperature. Some also like it chilled, but I personally prefer warm halwa. This halwa tastes wonderful on its own. You can have it as an after-meal dessert, for brunch, or as a late-night treat. 

For an indulging experience, you can serve it with other desserts like walnut burfi, Chocolate burfi, fruit custard, or motichoor ki kheer. You can also pair it with a scoop of kesar pista ice cream or vanilla ice cream for an indulgent twist.

a bowl of pressure cooker carrot halwa with a spoon in it

Professional tips & tricks to make the best Gajar Halwa 

  1. Liquid: To achieve the perfect creamy consistency and delicious flavor, it is advised to use milk as a liquid.

  2. Stirring: To avoid sticking, make sure to keep stirring the halwa after adding milk. This step also helps in achieving a creamy and lump-free halwa texture.

  3. Adjust Sweetener: I have used sweetened condensed milk to sweeten this halwa. Feel free to adjust the sweetness to your preference. Alternatively, you can also use sugar to sweeten this gajar halwa.

  4. Nuts: Use toasted nuts for enhanced taste. Toasting the nuts in ghee before adding them to the halwa not only adds nutty goodness but also introduces a rich flavor that intensifies the overall profile.

  5. Carrots: I have sliced the carrots into two pieces, but you can also use whole carrots for making this halwa.

  6. Ghee Roasting: For an extra layer of flavor and richness, it is recommended to roast the carrots in ghee before pressure cooking. This simple step increases the natural sweetness of the carrots while adding a rich undertone.

  7. Salt: I have added a pinch of salt to this halwa recipe; adding salt is optional but highly recommended. It helps balance the sweetness while enhancing the natural juiciness of carrots.

  8. Carrot Selection: Make sure that you use fresh, firm carrots that are brightly colored. Since it is the main ingredient for this halwa recipe, it is advised that you opt for organic or farm-fresh carrots to make the best-tasting halwa.

  9. Condensed Milk Ratio: I have added 1 cup of homemade sweetened milk. The amount of sweetened condensed milk depends on the sweetness you desire. If you want a sweeter taste, adjust the consistency according to your taste. Simply taste the halwa and gradually add condensed milk to achieve the perfect level of sweetness for your preference.

  10. Flavors: I have added saffron and cardamom for flavoring, but you can also use rose water and kewra water for added flavor.

  11. Khoya/Mawa: Adding mawa/khoya is done to give this halwa a halwai (confectioner’s) style taste, but adding khoya is optional here. You can omit it or substitute it with a mixture of milk powder or heavy cream to achieve a similar richness.

someone is holding a spoon over a bowl of instant gajar ka halwa with a candle in the background

FAQ

1. Can I make Gajar Halwa without a pressure cooker?

Certainly, you can. The pressure cooker version is just the quick version, but the taste of this halwa is equally delicious. The traditional gajar halwa recipe uses the stovetop method.

If you want the authentic gajar halwa recipe, you can surely try making it in the stovetop pan.

2. Is it necessary to peel the carrots?

Carrots are peeled for a smoother texture. However, you can make this halwa without peeling carrots. Leaving the skin on can add an earthy flavor and additional nutrients. If you plan to use carrots without peeling, make sure to thoroughly wash and scrub them.

3. Can I use pre-packaged grated carrots for this recipe?

Fresh carrots taste the best, but you can also use pre-packaged grated carrots for making this halwa recipe. If you are using packaged carrots, ensure they are free from added preservatives for the best results.

4. Can I make this recipe with baby carrots?

Yes, making carrot halwa using baby carrots is possible. When using baby carrots, reduce the pressure cooking time. Due to the smaller size of baby carrots, one whistle is enough for cooking them.

5. How do I make Gajar Halwa in an Instant Pot?

The Instant Pot gajar halwa recipe is quite similar to this recipe. If you want to try the Instant Pot version, follow this Instant Pot Gajar Halwa recipe.

6. How can I make this recipe vegan?

Making a vegan version of carrot halwa is possible. Swap ghee with vegan ghee, vegan butter, or coconut milk. Also, replace milk with dairy-free milk alternatives. Substitute condensed milk with coconut condensed milk or any non-dairy milk alternative. Also, ensure that khoya is also dairy-free.

7. Can I make Gajar Halwa without sugar?

Yes, a sugar-free version of gajar halwa is possible. You can either omit the sugar completely or use natural sweeteners like maple syrup, agave nectar, or stevia. You can also use dates, coconut sugar, palm sugar, or jaggery as sugar substitutes.

8. What type of pressure cooker is best for this recipe?

You can use both a traditional pressure cooker or an Instant Pot pressure cooker.

9. Can I prepare Gajar Halwa in advance for a party?

Yes, you can prepare this Gajar Halwa ahead of time. The flavors of this halwa tend to deepen and become more delicious the next day. Simply make a large batch of this halwa, transfer it to an airtight container, and store it in the refrigerator.

Just reheat it gently on the stove or in the microwave before serving to the crowd.

10. Can I skip the optional ingredients?

Yes, you can skip optional ingredients like khoya aka mawa from this recipe. It is added for an extra layer of richness and creaminess.

11. Can I freeze leftover Gajar Halwa?

Gajar halwa tastes best when served fresh, but leftovers can also be frozen. To freeze, simply transfer cooled halwa to a freezer-safe sealed container or ziplock bag and freeze for up to 2 months.

When you want to serve, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator and reheat it gently before serving.

12. How do I prevent the halwa from sticking to the bottom of the pressure cooker?

Make sure to coat the carrots with ghee to avoid sticking the halwa to the bottom. Also, keep stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.


Instant Gajar Halwa (Step-by-step photo instructions)

Prepare Carrots:

  1. Peel and slice carrots into two. Set them aside.
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Pressure Cook Carrots:

  1. In the pressure cooker, heat 2 tablespoons of ghee. Add the crushed saffron strands. Roughly crush cardamom pods and add them to the pressure cooker. Add carrots and sauté for 1 minute. Next, add a pinch of salt and sauté for 2-3 minutes until they are slightly cooked. Add 1 cup of milk and stir. Cover the lid and pressure cook the mixture for 2 whistles on medium heat.
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Cook Instant Gajar Halwa:

  1. Allow the pressure to cool off before opening the lid. Once the pressure comes down, open the lid and stir. Add 3 cups of milk and mix well. Let it boil over medium heat while stirring occasionally. Once the milk is almost dried, mash the carrots using a ladle or a potato masher. Next, add 1 cup of sweetened condensed milk and mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
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  3. In the meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of ghee in a small pan. Add chopped almonds and cashews and fry for 1 minute. Also, add the raisins and fry for a minute or until the dry fruits are slightly golden. Add the fried dry fruits to the mashed carrots and mix well.
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  5. Also, add 1/2 cup crumbled mawa/dried milk to the halwa and mix well. This will add a rich and creamy texture. Cook the halwa on low heat, stirring continuously until it thickens and the ghee starts to separate from the mixture. Garnish the Gajar Halwa with chopped nuts, dried rose petals, and edible silver/golden leaves. Serve warm and enjoy this delicious Instant Gajar Halwa!
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Instant Gajar Halwa [Recipe]

Recipe Image
Delight in the flavors of Instant Gajar Halwa or Carrot Halwa, a quick and creamy carrot dessert. Perfect for winter or festive occasions.
★★★★★
(Rating: 5 from 5 reviews)

Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time 🕐
25 mins
Category ☶ Cuisine ♨ Serves ☺
Desserts Indian 6
Nutrition Info ⊛ Serving size ⊚
445 calories 1

INGREDIENTS

For Instant Pressure Cooker Gajar Halwa
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1.5 kg carrots, grated
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3-4 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 10-12 saffron strands, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dry fruits (almonds, cashews, pistachios)
  • 1/4 cup mawa/dried milk
For Serving:
  • Chopped nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachios)
  • Dried rose petals
  • Edible silver/golden leaves

INSTRUCTIONS:

Prepare Carrots:
  1. Peel and slice carrots into two. Set them aside.
Pressure Cook Carrots:
  1. In the pressure cooker, heat 2 tablespoons of ghee. Add the crushed saffron strands. Roughly crush cardamom pods and add them to the pressure cooker. Add carrots and sauté for 1 minute. Next, add a pinch of salt and sauté for 2-3 minutes until they are slightly cooked. Add 1 cup of milk and stir. Cover the lid and pressure cook the mixture for 2 whistles on medium heat.
Cook Instant Gajar Halwa:
  1. Allow the pressure to cool off before opening the lid. Once the pressure comes down, open the lid and stir. Add 3 cups of milk and mix well. Let it boil over medium heat while stirring occasionally. Once the milk is almost dried, mash the carrots using a ladle or a potato masher. Next, add 1 cup of sweetened condensed milk and mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  2. In the meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of ghee in a small pan. Add chopped almonds and cashews and fry for 1 minute. Also, add the raisins and fry for a minute or until the dry fruits are slightly golden. Add the fried dry fruits to the mashed carrots and mix well.
  3. Also, add 1/2 cup crumbled mawa/dried milk to the halwa and mix well. This will add a rich and creamy texture. Cook the halwa on low heat, stirring continuously until it thickens and the ghee starts to separate from the mixture. Garnish the Gajar Halwa with chopped nuts, dried rose petals, and edible silver/golden leaves. Serve warm and enjoy this delicious Instant Gajar Halwa!

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NOTES:

  1. To achieve the perfect creamy consistency and delicious flavor, it is advised to use milk as a liquid.
  2. To avoid sticking, make sure to keep stirring the halwa after adding milk. This step also helps in achieving a creamy and lump-free halwa texture.
  3. I have used sweetened condensed milk to sweeten this halwa. Feel free to adjust the sweetness to your preference. Alternatively, you can also use sugar to sweeten this gajar halwa.
  4. I have sliced the carrots into two pieces, but you can also use whole carrots for making this halwa.


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