Instant Pot Gajar Halwa (Carrot Pudding)

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recipe by Garima Gakkhar

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Gajar Halwa (or Carrot Pudding) is an aromatic and delicious Indian dessert made by cooking grated carrots with milk, sugar, cardamoms, almonds and raisins. It is very easy to make this delicious dish in an Instant Pot. Gajar ka Halwa is one of the most popular Indian desserts. There are different variations of this dish. I don’t like sweets much, but I love eating Gajar Halwa a lot. It tastes yummy when served Hot. In many parts of India, Gajar ka Halwa is made in every home during winters. It is also served at restaurants and sweetmeat shops. In the Instant Pot, you just add everything in the pot and pressure cook it and let Instant Pot do its magic. While on stove-top, it is more time-consuming. First, you have to cook carrots on low-heat and when they turn a little soft, you need to add milk and keep stirring.

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recipe updated Jun 8, 2020


  • Almonds icon
    2¾ tbsp (about 25g)
  • Carrot icon
  • Cardamom pods icon
    Cardamom pods
  • Fennel seeds icon
    Fennel seeds
    1 tsp (2g)
  • Raisins icon
    1½ tbsp (about 15g)
  • Saffron threads icon
    Saffron threads
    5 sprigs
  • Milk icon
    1 cup (240ml)
  • Sugar icon
    about ½ cup (102g)
  • Water icon
    ¼ cup (60ml)
  • Shredded coconut icon
    Shredded coconut
    about ¼ cup (60g)
  • Ghee icon
    5 tbsp (71g)


  • kCook icon Stove
  • kCook icon Instant Pot
  • kCook icon Saucepan
  • kCook icon Inner pot

Step preview

  1. Add saffron threads and milk to a clean saucepan
  2. Boil while stirring frequently
  3. Once it turns yellow, remove from the stove and keep it aside
  4. Pre-heat - Sauté, Normal
  5. Add ghee to the inner pot
  6. Sauté ghee until hot
  7. Add almonds to the inner pot
  8. Fry - approx 2 min
  9. Remove almonds from the inner pot
  10. Cancel - Sauté
  11. Transfer milk mixture to inner pot
  12. Add carrot, sugar, water, cardamom pods, fennel seeds and shredded coconut to the inner pot and mix
  13. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  14. Pressure cook - Manual, High, 2 min
  15. Quick release
  16. Add fried almonds and stir
  17. Add raisins and ghee to the inner pot while stirring frequently
  18. Serve
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