Gajar ka Halwa in pressure cooker

Gajar ka Halwa in a pressure cooker (within 30 minutes) with step by step photos & a recipe video. Gajar ka halwa also known as Carrot Halwa is my family favorite. Love to make it during winters (Red Juicy carrots are available here in winter season).

This is a quick & easy version of traditional gajar ka halwa & tastes the same. If you don’t believe it then you must give it a try. You can save the cooking time of gajar by pressure cooking it without compromising on taste.

What is Gajar Ka Halwa?

Gajar is the “Hindi” name for “Carrot” & Halwa is an “Arabic” word means “Sweet”.  So, Gajar ka Halwa is basically a sweet pudding made with carrots. It is also known as Carrot Halwa.

Carrot Halwa is made with cooking grated carrots in milk, then sugar, nuts & ghee is added to it & cooked until it reaches halwa consistency.

Finally, cardamom powder is added to flavor the carrot halwa.  It is then garnished with almonds, cashews & pistachios.

close up of Gajar ka halwa

How to make Carrot Halwa in a pressure cooker?

Gajar or carrot is first sautéed in ghee (clarified butter). Milk is then added to it & pressure cooked for 3 whistles. Finally, ghee, nuts & sugar is added & cooked.

The main ingredients of Gajar ka Halwa in a pressure cooker are grated carrots, milk, sugar, ghee & cardamom powder.

To enhance the taste you can add Khoya, milk powder or condensed milk to make carrot halwa.

Can you make Gajar ka Halwa without condensed milk?

Yes, you can make gajar halwa without using condensed milk. This is the traditional method of making gajar halwa.

You have to use 1 liter of full-fat milk for 1 kg carrots. Mix the grated carrots & milk together & cook it until the carrots are cooked (soft) & half of the milk is reduced.

Then add sugar & cook until all the moisture evaporates. Finally add ghee, nuts & cardamom powder & simmer for 5 minutes. Gajar ka Halwa without condensed milk is ready.

Condensed milk is added to reduce the cooking time of Carrot Halwa. You do not have to wait & stir continuously until milk reduces. Also, it is used to enhance the richness & flavor of carrot halwa.

Which carrots are best to make Gajar Ka Halwa?

Use red, juicy & tender carrots for making gajar ka halwa. These carrots have less fiber & are sweet in taste.

Red color carrots are mostly available during the winter season here. If carrots are tender then cooking time reduces & also they enhance the flavor of Carrot Halwa.

You can also find orange color carrots in the market. They have more fiber & are less sweet compared to red color carrots. You can make Halwa with it but it will not taste that good.

close up of red, juicy & tender carrots

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Tips to make best Gajar Ka Halwa recipe:

  1. Use red color tender carrots for making the halwa.
  2. You can make this halwa without Ghee. But ghee makes the Halwa rich & enhances the flavor of Halwa.
  3. Use full-fat milk for making it. You can use toned milk but then you have to use condensed milk, Khoya or milk powder to enhance the taste of the Halwa.
  4. Adding condensed milk (or Khoya/Mawa) for making carrot halwa is optional. But I will recommend adding either condensed milk or Khoya to enhance the richness of Gajar Halwa.

How to make Gajar Ka Halwa with step by step photos:

Preparations to be done.

  1. Wash the carrots under tap water & clean them. Remove the top & tip of the carrots.
  2. Gently scrub it or peel it.
  3. Grate all the carrots & keep it aside.
  4. Slice the almonds & pistachios. Chop the cashews.  Keep it aside.step by step collage of peeling & grating the carrots for making carrot halwa

Making Carrot Halwa

  1. Heat a pressure cooker over low flame. Add 2 tsp clarified butter/ghee.
  2. Fry raisins. Once it puffs up, take it out.
  3. Next, fry almonds until golden. Keep it aside.
  4. Fry cashews until golden. Keep it aside.step by step collage of frying the raisins, cashews & almonds in ghee
  5. Add 2 tsp ghee/clarified butter in the cooker & add grated carrots in it.
  6. On high flame, saute for 3-4 minutes until raw smell from carrot leaves.
  7. Add milk & mix it well.step by step collage of sauteeing the carrots & addition of milk to make carrot halwa
  8. Cover the lid of the cooker & cook for 3 whistles.      
  9. After 3 whistles, let the pressure settle down.
  10. Open the lid & stir it once.pressure cooking the carrots to amke carrot halwa in pressure cooker
  11. Next on high flame add condensed milk & sugar.
  12. Stir it & cook until milk evaporates.step by step collage of addition of condensed milk & sugar for making halwa
  13. After 15 minutes, the mixture will reduce.
  14. Add the raisins, almonds & cashews (reserve some for garnish),  ghee & cardamom powder.
  15. Now simmer the flame & cook for 5 minutes.
  16. Gajar ka Halwa is ready.step by step collage of addition of amonds, cahews, raisins,cardamom powder & ghee
  17. Garnish it with chopped almonds, cashews, pistachios & raisins.
  18. Serve hot & enjoy!
close up of gajar ka halwa garnished with chopped almonds, cashews & raisins

Gajar ka Halwa in pressure cooker (within 30 minutes) | Carrot Halwa recipe in cooker

Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 300kcal
Author Preeti Nayak

Equipment

  • Pressure Cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 kg Carrot select red & juicy carrots
  • 1/4 Clarified butter/ghee
  • 3 tbsp Raisins (Kismish)
  • 7 Almonds sliced, (Badam)
  • 10 Cashews chopped (Kaju)
  • 7 Pistachios sliced, (Pista)
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 tin Condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup Sugar (reduce the quantity if you prefer less sweet)
  • ½ tsp Cardamom powder (Elaichi powder)

Instructions

Preparations to be done.

  • Wash the carrots under tap water & clean them. Remove the top & tip of the carrots.
  • Gently scrub it or peel it.
  • Grate all the carrots & keep it aside.
  • Slice the almonds & pistachios. Chop the cashews. Keep it aside.

Making Carrot Halwa

  • Heat a pressure cooker over low flame. Add 2 tsp clarified butter/ghee.
  • Fry raisins. Once it puffs up, take it out. Keep it aside on a plate.
  • Next, fry almonds until golden. Keep it aside.
  • Fry cashews until golden. Keep it aside.
  • Add 2 tsp ghee/clarified butter in the cooker & add grated carrots in it.
  • On high flame, saute for 3-4 minutes until raw smell from carrot leaves.
  • Add milk & mix it well.
  • Cover the lid of the cooker & cook for 3 whistles.
  • After 3 whistles, let the pressure settle down.
  • Open the lid & stir it once.
  • Next on high flame, add condensed milk & sugar.
  • Stir it continuously & cook until milk evaporates.
  • After 15 minutes, the mixture will reduce.
  • Add the raisins, almonds & cashews (reserve some for garnish), ghee & cardamom powder.
  • Now simmer the flame & cook for 5 minutes.
  • Gajar ka Halwa is ready.
  • Garnish Gajar ka halwa with chopped almonds, cashews, pistachios & raisins.
  • Serve hot & enjoy!

Video

Notes

  1. For pressure cooking carrots 1/2 cup milk is enough. Tender red carrots are juicy & will cook easily. If you are using carrots that are not juicy or have more fiber in them then increase the quantity of milk. (i.e. use 1 cup of milk for 1 kg carrots).
  2. Condensed milk is already sweet. I have a sweet tooth so after adding condensed milk; I have added ½ cup sugar to gajar ka halwa. You can reduce the quantity of sugar if you prefer less sweet.
  3. Stir the Halwa continuously after adding condensed milk & sugar.
  4. Grating of carrots is time consuming. You can use food processor to save time.
  5. You can store it upto 3-4 days in refrigerator but it is advised to consume milk & milk products within 48 hours.

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