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Instant Pot Carrot Halwa (Gajar ka Halwa)

Easy 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
Diet Gluten Free, Halal, Hindu, Kosher, Vegetarian
Keyword Instant Pot Carrot Halwa
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Instant Pot 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 373kcal


  • 1.1 lb organic carrots tops and ends removed, peeled only where necessary
  • 1/4 cup* ghee divided (2 tbsp will be used before cooking, another 2 tbsp after)
  • 3 green cardamom pods
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 5 tbsp raw cane sugar or to taste
  • 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp slivered pistachios optional, for garnish
  • 1 tbsp slivered almonds optional, for garnish


  • Use a thin shredder attachment of food processor to thinly grate the carrots, in batches if necessary. Set aside.
  • Select the Sauté setting on the Instant Pot. Once hot, add 2 tbsp 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.
  • 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.)
  • Naturally let the pressure release for 10 minutes. Then quick release any remaining pressure by moving the Pressure Release to Venting.
  • Select the *high* Sauté setting and stir occasionally until most of the moisture has evaporated and the carrots start sticking to the bottom (~20 minutes).
  • Add the sugar, 2 tbsp ghee, and sauté again for 20 minutes. This step is imperative to bring out the color and flavor. 
  • Add the heavy whipping cream and sauté again until the moisture evaporates and the halwa is thickened (~10 minutes). Once the the carrots turn glossy from the ghee and the carrot halwa turns a deep orange (closer to red) color, press the Cancel button to turn off the Instant Pot.
  • Scoop into a serving dish and decorate with pistachios, almonds, or other garnishing.


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


Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 632mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 21147IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 200mg | Iron: 1mg