Low Fat Gajar Halwa – prepared in pressure cooker!

I like to cook and share food and new recipes- but sometimes i stretch myself too much that I become like the hare in the hare and tortoise story. So what do i do then – give up? Oh NO, never – i find easier alternatives. Start with a phone call to India- my dear MOM. and here’s one such advice which worked so well!!!! Try it to believe it! And the most favorite dessert of Indians – this version is also a LOW FAT and LOW Sugar so enjoy!!



2 cup finely shredded carrots
1/2 tablespoon ghee – clarified butter
1/2 tablespoon condensed milk (Optional)
1/4 cup milk (increase to total 1/3 cup if not using condensed milk)
1 1/2 tablespoon sugar (increase to total 2 tablespoon if not using condensed milk)
1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
1 tablespoon roasted and chopped cashew nuts (Garnishing)
6-8 raisins soaked in water for 5 minutes and then drained (Garnishing)

1. Add ghee to the pressure cooker pan and let it warm up for a minute. Then add the shredded carrots and stir well to coat with the ghee
2. cook for 3-4 minutes on medium-high heat stirring frequently to avoid burning/sticking at the bottom of the pan
3. now add condensed milk and stir well – cook for 2-3 minutes on medium heat. then add the milk and bring to a boil. stir well and let it boil again on medium-high heat.
4. Put the pressure on the cooker and let it cook for 15 minutes on medium heat or upto 2 whistles. This saves a lot of energy used for stirring and some time too without  compromising with the flavor!!! Plus you need very little ghee (so low-fat) and less sugar – because pressure-cooked carrots release their own sweetness. Even better replace with Sugar-free powder.
5. open the lid and add sugar- mix well and cook open for 5-6 minutes. Stir occasionally. Always make sure that the bottom is not sticking/burning.
6. add cardamom powder and mix well. turn off heat and serve on a plate garnished with cashews and raisins!! Serve hot or chilled with 1 scoop of vanilla icecream — ENJOY!!!!


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