Carrot Halwa or Gajar ka halwa, is a delicious dessert made with grated carrots, milk, sugar, cardamom and almonds. This is a healthy and light dessert from North India, which we will make in the Instant Pot.
Add the grated carrots and milk to the instant pot. Stir them.
Start the instant pot in Saute(Low) mode (Press Saute, then Adjust). Cover with a glass lid. The display will show HOT in 5-8 mins. Stir in about 20 minutes.
The Saute mode defaults to 30 minutes. Instant Pot will shut off itself after 30 mins. The carrots will be well cooked and there would not be any liquid by this time.
Add cardamom, sugar and almond flour. Mix well with the carrots.
Turn on Saute (Normal) mode and let the carrots cook while stirring frequently for 2-3 minutes.
Add ghee and mix with the carrot halwa. Turn off instant pot.
Garnish with sliced almonds. Serve warm!
I added almond flour to make the halwa healthier, however you can choose to add milk powder or khoa/mava too.
Garnish with your choice of chopped nuts and raisins.
Carrot Halwa can be refrigerated for up to a week. It also freezes well.
Vegan Variation: Replace milk with almond milk and replace ghee with unsalted vegan butter.
Stovetop Variation: The exact same recipe would work on stovetop, but would need more monitoring and stirring frequently so the carrots do not stick to the pan. Start with keeping on low flame until milk is completely soaked and carrots are cooked. Then add other ingredients and increase heat.