Gajar Halwa – Carrot Almond Pudding is a popular Indian dessert. It is made by slow cooking grated carrots with milk and sugar. This delicious dessert is flavored with cardamom and garnished with chopped almonds or cashews. With its beautiful orange color, this is ultimate comfort dessert for fall and winter months.
There’s always something special about cooked carrots and soothing warm spices. The glowing orange color adds its extra charm to the comfort quotient. If you love sweet treats and are looking to keep your healthy eating habits in tact, you will want to make this Carrot Almond Pudding. Lots of carrots and lots of almonds ( veggie delight should I say)
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Gajar Halwa makes an excellent base to make some stunning dessert creations. I like to serve it in single serve portions and layer it with different toppings. It makes stunning show stopper deserts displays, Beautiful, decadent and plant based goodness !
In good old days, carrot halwa was very tedious to make. Slow cooking carrots and milk to reduce it to pudding like consistency was job of several hours. Since milk tends to burn quickly, you needed to actively watch and cook it too.
Now we can use multiple kitchen gadgets to make this yummy dessert effortlessly. We use high speed food processor to grate the carrots. Saves a lot of elbow grease instead of grating it by hand. It also ensures consistent smooth texture.
We then use InstantPot, to practically dump everything in and let it cook. And have a divine sweet treat ready whenever you got those dessert cravings. And the texture is similar to what it use to be simmering for hours -Creamy, yummy , delicious and healthyish !!
You will love making this Carrot Almond Pudding/ Gajar Halwa often as
Ultimate comforting and healthy.
What are the Ingredients of Gajar Halwa?
In this vegan and gluten free version, I am using coconut oil instead of ghee, almond milk and almond meal instead of regular milk and milk powder. The warm spices, nutty flavors and sweet carrots are so refreshingly delectable. You will Fall in love with this fall color dessert.
2 tbsp coconut oil
6 cups grated carrots (8-10 carrots)
1.5 cup unsweetened almond milk
3/4 cup raw sugar or sweetener of your choice
1 cup almond powder or almond meal
2 tsp cardamom powder
2 tbsp sliced or blanched almonds for garnish.
How to make Gajar Halwa or Carrot Almond Pudding in InstantPot?
Turn Instant Pot to Sauté-Hi mode. Add coconut oil. Once its warm, add grated carrots. Sauté for 2-3 mins stirring frequently.
Cancel Sauté mode. Add almond milk, sugar and mix well. Close the lid with the pressure value set to sealing. Select Manual -Hi for 5 mins. After it’s done cooking, wait on keep warm timer for 8-10 minutes and then release leftover pressure by switching the knob to venting. Carefully open the lid.
Add almond meal and cardamom powder. Mix well.
Turn Instant Pot to Sauté Hi and cook for 5-7 mins until most of the liquid is evaporated. Cancel saute.
Garnish with sliced almonds, raisins or rose petals. Serve hot or chilled.
How to Serve Gajar Halwa or Carrot Almond Pudding ?
This vegan carrot pudding is my favorite base recipe to create beautiful desserts. This is very popular Indian dessert made during the Diwali and Holi celebrations.
I like to layer different topping to create stunning dessert displays. You can portion them in individual containers or shot glasses. Recycled yogurt glass containers look very pretty, so do small mason jars.
One of the popular and favorite layering is with Vegan Rice Pudding to make beautiful Dessert Jars. You can serve gajar halva in shot glasses or as parfaits. Top it off with some whipped cream or dollop of ice crème. Divine and delicious.
Carrots take center stage during Easter celebrations. Make this sweet treat to impress your little bunnies. For a change up use Homemade Apple Butter Sauce for fruity, creamy goodness.
Orange is the color for the Halloween . So I love making individual mason jars with this pudding. You simply fill it with spoonful of Carrot pudding. Add some whip cream on top and top it off with some Halloween sprinkles. Beautiful and decadent sweet treat will satisfy the soul.
Carrot Almond Pudding freezes well. So you can easily double the recipe and save it for later use as well. Do give this recipe a try. We are sure you will keep repeating it often . Happy Instapottin friends !!
If you are looking for more plant based , vegan dessert/ pudding options, do check out some excellent recipes on the blog. DO let us know which one you like the most? We like them all 🙂
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- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 6 cups grated carrots about 8-10 carrots
- 1.5 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 3/4 cup raw sugar or sweetner of your choice
- 1 cup almond powder or almond meal
- 2 tsp cardamom powder
- 2 tbsp sliced or blanched almonds for garnish.
- Turn Instant Pot to Sauté-Hi mode. Add coconut oil. Once its warm, add grated carrots. Sauté for 2-3 mins stirring frequently.
- Cancel Sauté mode. Add almond milk, sugar and mix well. Close the lid with the pressure value set to sealing. Select Manual -Hi for 5 mins. After it's done cooking, Wait for keep warm timer for 8-10 minutes and then release the leftover pressure.
- Add almond meal and cardamom powder. Mix well.
- Turn Instant Pot to Sauté Hi and cook for 5-7 mins until most of the liquid is evaporated. Stir frequently so it doesn't burn at the bottom. Cancel Saute.
- Garnish with sliced almonds, raisins or rose petals.
- Serve hot or chilled.
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Serving Size:4 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 354 Total Fat: 21g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 16g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 192mg Carbohydrates: 37g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 8g Sugar: 24g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 9g