Make this mouth watering Gajar Halwa a.k.a Carrot Halwa in less than 30 minutes. No more toiling in the kitchen for hours!
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Gajar Halwa

Make this mouth-watering Gajar Halwa or Carrot Halwa in around 30 minutes. No more toiling in the kitchen for hours!

Course Dessert
Prep Time 2 hours 17 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Simmer to Slimmer

Ingredients

  • 8 cups grated carrot approximately 2 lbs carrot
  • 1/2 cup ghee clarified butter
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 th cup milk
  • 3/4 th cup condensed milk see notes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom elaichi powder
  • 1/4 cup mixed chopped dry fruits almonds, cashews, raisins + 2 tablespoons ghee

Instructions

Stovetop method

  • Add ghee to a deep dish kadhai (or wok) and heat it over medium heat. Add grated carrots and sauté them for 8-10 minutes.
  • Add sugar and cardamom powder and continue to sauté till the sugar dissolves (takes around 5 minutes)
  • Add milk and condensed milk and mix well; Continue to stir till the milk gets absorbed and the mixture has thickened (takes around 15-20 minutes).
  • Heat 2 tablespoons ghee in a pan and fry the cashew nuts, almonds, and raisins until golden.
  • Add the roasted nuts to the carrot halwa mixture; mix well and serve warm.

Instant Pot method

  • Add ghee in the steel insert of the Instant Pot and press the Saute function. Press the Adjust button to move the selection to “Normal” and wait till the display reads “Hot.” Add grated carrots and sauté them for 8-10 minutes.
  • Add sugar and cardamom powder and continue to sauté till the sugar dissolves (takes around 5 minutes)
  • Add milk and condensed milk and mix well; Cover and choose the slow cook option. Set it in the “Normal” mode. Adjust the time to 2 hours. Make sure the vent is always at Venting before you begin slow cooking.
  • As the cooking cycle comes to an end, heat 2 tablespoons ghee in a pan and fry the cashew nuts, almonds, and raisins until golden.
  • Once the cooking is done, open the Instant pot and press the Saute function. Press the Adjust button to move the selection to “Normal”. Saute again for 4-5 minutes till carrot halwa mixture has thickened as desired.
  • Add the roasted nuts to the carrot halwa mixture; mix well and serve hot.

Notes

If you do not want to use condensed milk, you can substitute with 1/2 cup of milk
Also, using condensed milk makes it creamier. If not using condensed milk you may need to increase the amount of sugar by a tablespoon (or as per taste).