Carrot Halwa – Instant Pot

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Carrot Halwa, AKA ‘gajar ka halwa’, is a sweet stewed carrots dessert with a delicate aroma of cardamom and saffron!

This year we celebrated mothers day with this delicious Indian dessert cooked in the Instant Pot! The traditional carrot halwa recipes uses milk, condensed milk or evaporated milk. Since this is one of my favorite desserts and I can’t stop myself from overeating, I try to make it a little healthier. My carrot halwa recipe is almost dairy free, but I do use homemade ghee which can be substituted for vegetable oil. I substitute the milk and cream with almond milk and almond flour making it a healthier lightly sweetened dessert.

Here is a video on how to make this dessert quickly in your Instant Pot!

5 from 7 votes
carrot halwa
Carrot Halwa - Instant Pot
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Carrot halwa AKA 'Gajar ka halwa' is a traditional Indian dessert made with grated carrots, ghee and aromatic cardamom and saffron.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6
Author: Archana Mundhe
  • 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil
  • 10 carrots peeled and grated (About 6 cups packed)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • ½ tsp saffron
  • 2 tbsp sliced almonds or pistachios for garnish
  1. Tun Instant Pot to Saute(Hi) mode. Add ghee and grated carrots. Cook for 2-3 mins with the glass lid on.
  2. Add almond milk and close the lid with the pressure value set to sealing. Set Instant Pot to Manual(Hi) for 5 mins. Quick release.
  3. Add sugar, almond meal, cardamom powder, raisins and saffron.Mix well.
  4. Turn Instant Pot to Saute(Hi) and cook for 5-7 mins until most of the liquids are evaporated.

  5. Garnish with sliced almonds or pistachios.
  6. Serve hot or chilled.



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28 thoughts on “Carrot Halwa – Instant Pot

    1. Thank you Lathi! Now that you have reminded me I am going to have a scoop of ice cream with it tonight for dessert!

  1. Archana this is an awesome way to make gajjar halwa -especially on a hot summer’s day- making it in the instapot is an advantage as the kitchen stays cool and I didn’t sweat it out- it also cooks real quickly as compared to conventional stove top cooking. Next time however I may use milk instead. And maybe add a little khoya depending on how rich/creamy I want this to be. Almond milk though is a good alternative for the vegans and dairy allergic but almond milk is void of any meaningful nutrition and it seems as if you pay for nothing but white colored water packaged as “almond milk”. Instead you may use plain water in my opinion-since you do get the thickness and texture from the almond meal.
    Would you please also post a recipe for dudhi halwa -my favorite.

    1. Hi Kalyani! So happy that you enjoyed this easy Carrot Halwa! I have a lot of dairy free friends so this has become my go to recipe. But I agree that its more authentic with milk and khoya or evaporated milk powder. I will post the recipe for dude halwa soon too. Thank you, it is always so nice to get these lovely notes from you!

  2. Recipe is nice and simple.
    Where do you get almond meall?

    If I wanted to use milk and khoya what are the proportions?

    1. Almond meal is sold in most grocery stores, you will get them in whole foods, trader joes. You can substitute the same quantity of milk and khoya to replace almond milk and almond meal. Let me know if you try this recipe!

        1. Awesome! so happy that you tried this easy recipe and enjoyed it. It is a great make ahead dessert that can be enjoyed warm or cold!

  3. Thank you so much for this easy IP carrot halwa receipe esp the vegan version – so helpful for people like me who are lactose intolerant ???

    1. Hi Gayatri! You are most welcome! So happy to hear that you can enjoy this easy and healthy halwa !

  4. Hi Archana, thanks for this recipe. I want to try it but I want to use powdered milk powder instead of almond meal and almond milk. Can you tell me how much milk and milk powder I would need to substitute for the almond milk and almond meal? Thanks once again!

    1. Hi! You can substitute equal amount of almond milk and almond meal to milk and milk powder. I have made it many times with milk and milk powder and it comes out great! Thank you!! Let me know if you have any other questions.

  5. I tried Carrot Halwa. It turned out truly delicious. I made slight change of adding condensed milk instead of sugar.

  6. Hi Archana, I’m about to try this recipe. I have almond milk but not almond meal. Is there any substitute? What does almond meal do to the recipe? Does it give thickness? Looking for diary free option.

    1. It is used instead of khoya or milk powder. You can make almond meal at home if you have whole almonds. Simply pulse them in food processor until you get powdered almonds, you can add cashews too if you like

  7. Hi Archana, this was amazing when I tried it over the holidays. My husband and I are trying a sugar free January, and wondering if we can substitute in dates instead of sugar? Thoughts?

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