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pressure cooker carrot halwa recipe – a less time taking recipe of preparing delicious gajar halwa in pressure cooker.

gajar halwa in pressure cooker recipe

some days back i had made gajar halwa in the pressure cooker. so took pics and thought of sharing the recipe. this method gives a delicious tasting halwa and one that requires less handwork as compared to the traditional slow cooked method of preparing gajar halwa. usually in pressure cooker methods of making gajar halwa, condensed milk or milk powder or khoya is added, but i decided to skip these as not everyone will have condensed milk or milk powder or khoya in their kitchens.

the recipe uses three main ingredients for gajar halwa – fresh juicy carrots, milk and sugar. some dry fruits and a bit of cardamom powder is added for more taste and aroma.

on the blog, i have shared few more variations of making gajar halwa recipe

  1. carrot halwa recipe – traditional slow cooked method of making halwa.
  2. vegan carrot halwa – made with almond milk.
  3. easy carrot halwa with milkmaid – easy and quicker method to make the halwa.
  4. quick carrot halwa with khoya – addition of khoya gives a nice texture and flavor to this carrot halwa.

there are two parts in this recipe. first is to pressure cook the halwa mixture. then later after pressure cooking the halwa, there is some more cooking that is done till the carrot halwa thickens. this second part of the cooking is also easy. the best part of this pressure cooking method is that there is less hand work while preparing the recipe. this is not a quick recipe, but does take less time to prepare than the traditional method. since this recipe does not require much attention in the first part, so you can cook something else while the halwa is cooking in pressure cooker.

few more halwa recipes for you!

pressure cooker carrot halwa

5 from 7 votes
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:40 mins
Total Time:50 mins
Course:desserts
Cuisine:north indian,punjabi
Servings (change the number to scale):5
gajar halwa recipe in pressure cooker
gajar halwa can be easily made in a pressure cooker. this is an easy and a less time taking recipe of preparing delicious gajar halwa in a pressure cooker.
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

INGREDIENTS

  • 500 grams delhi carrots OR 4 to 4.5 cups grated carrot (gajar)
  • 2 cups full fat milk
  • ½ cup sugar or add as required
  • 4 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 tablespoon raisins (kishmish)
  • 1 tablespoon cashews (kaju) - chopped
  • 1 tablespoon almonds (badam) - sliced
  • 1 tablespoon pistachios (pista) - sliced
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder (choti elaichi powder)

INSTRUCTIONS

preparation for gajar halwa

  • first thinly slice or chop 1 tablespoon cashews (kaju), 1 tablespoon almonds (badam) and 1 tablespoon pistachios (pista). 
  • also powder 4 to 5 green cardamoms and keep aside.
  • rinse, peel and grate carrots. you will need about 4 to 4.5 cups grated carrot (gajar).

making gajar halwa in pressure cooker

  • take the grated carrots in a 2 litre pressure cooker.
  • also add 2 cups full fat milk, ½ cup sugar, 4 tablespoons ghee, 1 tablespoon raisins (kishmish) and sliced or chopped dry fruits. 
  • mix well and pressure cook the carrot halwa mixture till the pressure builds up in the cooker. so this is when you get the first whistle or about to get the first whistle. takes about 20 to 25 minutes on a low to medium-low flame.
  • when the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid.
  • stir the mixture and keep the cooker on a medium-high to high flame. begin to cook the gajar halwa more, so that it thickens.
  • when the mixture starts bubbling, then add ½ teaspoon cardamom powder (choti elaichi powder).
  • stir at times and let the gajar halwa cook on a medium-high to high flame till the mixture thickens. then switch off the flame. 
  • serve gajar halwa hot or warm in the winters.

NOTES

tips for making gajar halwa
  1. almond milk can be used instead of dairy milk.
  2. soy milk can also be used, but the flavor of soy milk will be there in the gajar halwa.
  3. you can add less or more dry fruits as per your requirements. also your choice of dry fruits can be added. 
  4. recipe can be doubled. use a 4 to 5 litre pressure cooker if doubling the halwa recipe. 
  5. sugar can be added as per your requirements. 
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how to make pressure cooker carrot halwa

1. first thinly slice or chop 1 tablespoon cashews (kaju), 1 tablespoon almonds (badam) and 1 tablespoon pistachios (pista). also powder 4 to 5 green cardamoms and keep aside.

dry fruits to make pressure cooker carrot halwa recipe

2. rinse and then peel 500 grams carrots OR 4 to 5 delhi carrots.

carrots to make pressure cooker carrot halwa recipe

3. grate the carrots using a hand held grater or food processor. you will need about 4 to 4.5 cups grated carrot (gajar).

carrots to make pressure cooker carrot halwa recipe

4. take the grated carrots in a 2 litre pressure cooker.

carrots for making pressure cooker carrot halwa recipe

5. add 2 cups full fat milk.

milk for making pressure cooker carrot halwa recipe

6. next add ½ cup sugar or add as required.

sugar for preparing pressure cooker carrot halwa recipe

7. then add 4 tablespoons ghee.

ghee for preparing pressure cooker carrot halwa recipe

8. mix very well.

preparing pressure cooker carrot halwa recipe

9. add the sliced or chopped dry fruits along with 1 tablespoon raisins (kishmish).

preparing pressure cooker carrot halwa recipe

10. mix well. and pressure cook the carrot halwa mixture till the pressure build up in the cooker. so this is when you get the first whistle or about to get the first whistle. takes about 20 to 25 minutes on a low to medium-low flame. when the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid.

making gajar halwa recipe in pressure cooker

11. stir the mixture and keep the cooker on a medium-high to high flame. begin to cook the gajar halwa more, so that it thickens.

making pressure cooker carrot halwa recipe

12. when the mixture starts bubbling, then add ½ teaspoon cardamom powder (choti elaichi powder).

making pressure cooker carrot halwa recipe

13. stir at times and let the gajar halwa cook on a medium-high to high flame.

making gajar halwa recipe in pressure cooker

14. the liquids will reduce as the gajar halwa gets cooked.

making gajar halwa recipe in pressure cooker

15. when you see the gajar halwa has become glossy and ghee is released from the sides and all the moisture has evaporated and the mixture has thickened, then switch off the flame.

making gajar halwa recipe in pressure cooker

serve gajar halwa hot or warm in the winters. leftovers can be refrigerated.

gajar halwa in pressure cooker

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32 comments/reviews

  1. First time im making gajar halwa.milk got curdled
    What can be the reason?
    Can you give me some tips

    • while making any halwa with milk, always use whole milk or full-fat milk. do not use toned milk or skimmed milk. the milk will curdle. another option is to saute the carrots in some ghee and then add milk and sugar. also, pressure cook on low to medium-low flame. hope these tips help.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe I and my kids love this so much thank you thank you thank you

  3. Tried this today. Turned out to be really great and quick. Thanks a lot for sharing such recipes

  4. I tried this for a Diwali get together at my place this year. Turned out Great ! I followed the recipe as is for the most part. I added about 1-1.5 cups of condensed milk after pressure cooking and adjusted sugar according to our tastes. It was rich but not too rich 🙂5 stars

  5. Hi..this recipe looks great n easy gonna prepare tommorrow just a question..the carrots I bought are not sweet will it affect the recipe??

  6. Hi Dassana,

    I prepared thus in cooker mistook 2cups of milk for 4 .. added all other ingredients in the right quantities. It just turned out to be really awesome5 stars

  7. omg this is so easy, just add everything in cooker like making pongal?!
    I gotta try this. Thank you!!

    Can I add milkmaid to this mixture before cooking?5 stars

    • I tried this with 1 tin of milkmaid and reduced the sugar that has to be added. It turned out awesome and didn’t stick to the bottom. Thank you for such an easy delicious recipe Dassana.5 stars

  8. u have taken 4 cups grated gajar which equals to 1kg. but u have also dsaid 500g gajar. how much we have to take?

    • pooja, i have used 500 grams carrots. and when i measured the grated carrots in cups, i got about 4.5 cups grated carrots. use 500 grams carrots. i guess the cup measure is different due to the size of the grated sticks which depends on the kind of grater used. i used a fine grater.

  9. Dear Dassana

    Can this recipe be made with Ooty carrots. I know it is traditionally made with Delhi carrots but they are not available in TN. Look forward to your response..and can powdered jaggery or country sugar be used as substitutes to white sugar.

  10. Thank you for recipes it’s very great source for me……..
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    Thank’s Again5 stars

    • lalita, pressure cooked with the whistle. without the whistle, there will be no pressure created in the cooker. you just need to pressure cook till the cooker whistle starts with the hissing sound and is just about to whistle or for 1 whistle.

  11. This looks great. I love gajar halwa but hated having to spend so much time cooking it… This is perfect!5 stars

  12. Wow!!! What a short cut u found!!! ?Thumbs up!!!
    I’m making it today. Just need ur advice on this. Can i use a combination of Amul milk cream and Cows milk, instead of full fat milk. Thanks for the new invention 🙂

    • Welcome Manasi. Don’t use cream as it will become very heavy. Just use cow’s milk. you can also use skimmed or low fat milk or buffalo milk or any milk.

      • Thank you for the reply. U’re right it would become heavy if I used milk cream totally. I also felt d same. Therefore I used only two table spoons of milk cream with one cup of cows milk since there was little milk. It turned out well.
        Also, this method did save a lot of my time. But when everything was cooked, I felt there was a slight raw smell of carrot into d halwa. Just wanted to know if I missed out on something. So I can improve next time. Thanks for all ur hardwork, once again.5 stars

        • welcome manasi and thanks. there should be not any raw smell of carrot as pressure cooking for such a long time will get rid of the raw aroma. i feel its not the raw smell but the proportion of carrots being more as compared to milk. a suggestion would be that the next time you prepare, add ghee first in the cooker and sauté the carrots for a few minutes. then add the remaining ingredients.