Instant Pot Gajar ka Halwa | Carrot Halwa
Updated: Sep 21
Everyone’s favourite Gajar Halwa can be cooked easily in an Instant Pot and will be ready in no time at all for any dinner party or just when you fancy a treat. This scrumptious Indian Carrot Pudding needs only a few ingredients and Instant Pot makes cooking this dessert a breeze.
This delicious Gajar Halwa recipe is so easy to make in Instant Pot that it feels like a child’s play. Perfect as a dessert / sweet during cold winters, this Carrot Halwa recipe doesn’t require hours of cooking time or lots of effort. In fact, this might turn out to be one of the quickest Carrot ka Halwa you have ever made!
Quick, easy to follow video with step-by-step instructions of How to make Instant Pot Carrot Halwa:
Frying for enhanced crunch and flavour
Before you pressure cook the carrots in Instant pot, fry cashew nuts and raisins in some clarified butter/ghee. This will enhance their flavour and most importantly, cashew nuts will add a nice crunch to Gajrela.
Of course, you can add them without frying as well, but frying will definitely intensify their flavour and texture.
Quick Pressure Cooking in Instant Pot
After you have finished frying, quickly sauté carrots in the remaining ghee and pressure cook them with some whole milk. Remember to use whole milk only if you want a luscious Carrot Halwa.
As Instant Pot is such an amazing kitchen gadget, you only need to Pressure Cook carrots on High Pressure for 4 mins and then wait for natural pressure release for 2 mins. After this you just need to turn the steam release knob for quick pressure release and then proceed with the rest of the Gajar ka Halwa recipe.
Full Cream Milk Powder a must
Once the carrots are pressure cooked, half of your work is already done! Now as we want to make this Indian Carrot Dessert really fast and we still want to make it really delish, we need to add full cream milk powder.
Traditionally while making Gajar Halwa, lots of milk is used and then it is cooked for a long time and reduced down considerably to give Gajrela its rich texture. But this can take considerable amount of time and effort, and if you don’t reduce the milk enough Gajar ka Halwa won’t have right texture and flavour.
Other option is to add Khoya / Mawa to make it really moreish. But many times, you don’t have Mawa readily available at home and sometimes fresh Khoya is not easily available where you live. So, during such times using full cream milk powder is the best option.
But make sure you use Full Cream Milk powder only, as skimmed or semi-skimmed milk powder just won’t give the right flavour.
Finishing it off
Now, only main ingredient left to add is sugar. After adding sugar, this Carrot Halwa with milk powder will release some moisture and become liquidy, so cook till most of the moisture evaporates whilst stirring. Make sure to keep stirring to avoid burning Gajar ka Halwa at the bottom.
Always add green cardamom powder and clarified butter (ghee) towards the end, this will enhance your Carrot Halwa’s flavour two folds.
Now you might feel that there is too much ghee in the recipe, well yes, there is! That’s what makes this easy Carrot Halwa recipe undeniably scrumptious! You can always reduce down the ghee to your liking if you are on a diet or health conscious but if you really want to treat yourself or make this Gajar ka Halwa recipe for a special occasion or party, then use the amount of ghee mentioned in the recipe.
The only thing left to finally finish this easy Carrot Halwa recipe off is to add fried cashew nuts and raisins, but make sure that most of the moisture has evaporated before adding them or cashew nuts will lose their crunch. Plus, liquidy Gajar Halwa doesn’t taste as good, so make sure most of the moisture has evaporated before serving.
If you don’t have Instant Pot or don’t want to make this quick and easy Carrot Halwa recipe in Instant Pot but want to cook it in a more traditional method using a pan on a normal hob / cooktop then check out OvalShelf’s Cooktop Gajar ka Halwa with Mawa recipe which is made with Homemade Khoya / Mawa and without Instant Pot on a normal hob / cooktop.
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