Making Indian desserts in Instant Pot
Here is my collection of the best Indian dessert recipes made in an Instant Pot. Making desserts in Instant Pot is a great way of saving time and energy, yet getting the perfect result that tastes just like the authentic ones. Some elaborate Indian desserts that need hours of stirring and monitoring can be made very easily in the Instant Pot.
I love the use of Instant Pot to make desserts as it cuts down the cooking time immensely. I don't have to monitor or keep stirring a halwa to get the perfect taste and texture.
This collection will keep growing as I cook up more delicious desserts. Each recipe here is tried and tested and includes all the tips and tricks you need to make them perfect in the first go.
Kheer recipes in Instant Pot
The word kheer comes from the Sanskrit word kshirika, which means made with milk. It has been mentioned in the Ayurveda and is known to be a part of ancient Indian food. Its first mention was not as a rice pudding but actually made with jowar (sorghum) and milk. Millets were commonly used back in the early 14th century and the millet pudding was sweetened with fruits or jaggery.
Also called payasam, payesh, payas, or payasa, every state in India has its own version and is also be made of vermicelli or millets. Payas is considered auspicious and is also associated with annaprasana (infant's weaning ritual).
This sweet treat became widely popular once it was being served as prasada in temples. The white color (shwet) of this dish is associated with purity and is often a part of festivals and celebrations.
Here are some delicious payasam recipes that can be made in the IP in a breeze.
Halwa recipes in Instant Pot
Halwa is a dense, sweet confections that are popular across India. They are prepared both for festivals and for day-to-day dessert cravings. It originates from the Middle East and is derived from the Arabic word 'Hulw' which means sweetmeat.
Despite its origin, it is loved by us Indians immensely. Halwa is usually made by simmering something in milk - it could be a grain, fruit, or a vegetable. An all-time favorite for Indians is gajar ka halva (made with grated carrots). You will mostly find halwa garnished with nuts and raisins that are fried in ghee.
Here are some halwa recipes made in the Instant Pot, which would rather take hours to cook on the stovetop.