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Instant Pot Carrot Halwa (Gajar ka Halwa)

Instant Pot Carrot Halwa (Gajar ka Halwa)

This authentic Instant Pot Carrot Halwa recipe is made in the traditional Pakistani & Indian style but without hours of active time over the stove. So comforting, naturally gluten-free, and only requires 6 ingredients!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Keyword Instant Pot Carrot Halwa
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Instant Pot 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2.2 lb organic carrots tops and ends removed, peeled only where necessary
  • ½ cup* ghee divided (1/4 cup will be used before cooking, another ¼ cup after)
  • 5 green cardamom pods
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • scant 3/4 cup raw cane sugar or to taste
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp slivered pistachios optional, for garnish
  • 1 tbsp slivered almonds optional, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Use a thin shredder attachment of food processor to thinly grate the carrots, in batches if necessary. Set aside.

  2. Select the Sauté setting on the Instant Pot. Once hot, add ¼ cup ghee, cardamom pods, and shredded carrots. Sauté for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the color starts to change and the carrots reduce down a bit. Add the whole milk and mix.

  3. Cancel the sauté setting, secure the lid and set the Pressure Release to Sealing. Select the Pressure cook setting and set the cooking time for 1 hour at low pressure. (Click pressure level to turn it to low.)
  4. Naturally let the pressure release for 10 minutes. Then quick release any remaining pressure by moving the Pressure Release to Venting.

  5. Select the Sauté setting and allow the excess moisture to evaporate for 25-30 minutes, or until most of the moisture has evaporated and the carrots start sticking to the bottom.

  6. (The IP will turn off after 30 minutes. Simply turn it back on.) Add the sugar, ¼ cup ghee, and sauté again for 20 minutes. This step is imperative to bring out the color and flavor. 

  7. Add the heavy whipping cream and sauté again for 10 minutes. The moisture should evaporate and the halwa will have thickened. Once the ghee starts to separate from the carrots and the carrot halwa turns a deep orange (closer to red) color, press the Cancel button to turn off the Instant Pot.

  8. Scoop into a serving dish and decorate with pistachios, almonds, or other garnishing.

Recipe Notes

*Traditional carrot halwa uses a generous amount of ghee but feel free to use less than this amount.