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Carrot halwa, dulce de leche and phirni layered in a jar

Diwali Dessert Jars

This layered dessert-in-a-jar has three layers of pure indulgence! It makes for the perfect Diwali treat or hostess gift
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Total Time 6 minutes
Author Shinta


For the Dulche De Leche

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

For the Phirni

For the Gajar Halwa (Carrot Fudge)


For the Dulce De Leche:

For the Phirni:

  • Drain the soaked rice and grind it in a coffee grinder or dry grinder until it is coarsely ground
  • Transfer to a heavy bottom wok or saucepan
  • Cook the rice with the milk, sugar and cardamom powder on medium heat, stirring it slowly, until the milk is reduced and the rice is cooked. This takes around 25-30 minutes
  • Let cool completely before serving

For the Gajar Halwa (Carrot Fudge):

  • Turn on the Instant Pot in ‘Sauté’ mode. Add the ghee and let it heat for a minute. Then add the shredded carrots, cashews and raisins and sauté for 4-5 minutes, stirring regularly.
  • Then add the condensed milk along with the milk, followed by the cardamom powder and the saffron-infused milk. Give all the ingredients a few stirs to combine well.
  • Close the lid of the Instant Pot and pressure cook on Low Pressure for 7 minutes.
  • Once the Instant Pot has finished the pressure-cooking cycle, hit 'Cancel' and let the pressure release naturally.
  • Open the lid of the Instant Pot add a pinch of salt and mix well. I like
    to leave the halwa in the Instant Pot with the lid open for a few minutes more,
    the residual heat will rid the halwa of any remaining liquid so that it reaches
    the right fudge-like consistency.

To Assemble:

  • Once the three components are ready, layer them in the jars.
  • Start by piping a layer of dulce de leche
  • Pipe or spoon the gajar halwa over the first layer
  • Pipe or spoon the phirni over the halwa
  • Garnish with pistachios, slivered almonds and rose petals