Sweet Potato Halwa- Instant Pot

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Sweet Potato Halwa – A  delicately flavored, lightly sweetened dish with melt-in-mouth textures and aromatics from cardamom and saffron.

This right here sounds like our family when it comes to food-

“I could have killed you.”  “Or I could have killed you,” Percy said.  Jason shrugged. “If there’d been an ocean in Kansas, maybe.” “I don’t need an ocean—” “Boys,” Annabeth interrupted, “I’m sure you both would’ve been wonderful at killing each other. But right now, you need some rest.” Food first,” Percy said. “Please?” ― Rick Riordan, The Mark of Athena

Sweet Potatoes, A must-have vegetable in my kitchen, that has come to my rescue many times! This fourth of July happened to be an Indian festival of “Ashadhi Ekadashi” that is celebrated by fasting or eating foods that are usually not eat in meals. I am not a person who enjoys fasting but love feasting on the special foods made this day. So I did fast anyway, and hey why not when Mom is visiting?

Our menu included mouth spicy, crispy non-fry Sabudana vada with a simple yogurt-peanut based chutney, ginger lemonade, lots of fruits and a heavenly dessert/breakfast bowl of fiber-rich sweet potato halwa loaded with vitamins A and C.

sweet potato halwa

A few reasons why we love this Sweet Potato Halwa:
  • good source of fiber and vitamins, with a lower glycemic index
  • gluten-free
  • can be made vegan with oil and nut milk
  • can be made-ahead
  • Fasting friendly, well at least for us!
  • easy and quick recipe.

sweet potato halwa

A traditional stove-top dish that comes out with even beautiful textures in Instant Pot with half the cooking time! I slice the sweet potatoes, which is so much easier than shredded them, add all the ingredients, cook for 3 mins and it is DONE!

5 from 1 vote
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Sweet Potato Halwa- Instant Pot
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Sweet Potato Halwa - A delicately flavored, lightly sweetened dish with melt-in-mouth textures and aromatics from cardamom and saffron.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Archana Mundhe
  • 1-2 tbsp ghee Oil for Vegan option
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes washed, peeled and thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • cup packed brown sugar more or less
  • ¼ cup grated unsweetened coconut
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 6-8 cardamom pods
  • 1 generous pinch of saffron
  • Optional Garnish
  • 1 tablespoon almond pistachio slices
  1. Turn Instant Pot to Saute mode. Add ghee, sliced sweet potatoes.
  2. Add almond milk, brown sugar, coconut, salt, cardamom, and saffron.
  3. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 3 min with the pressure valve to sealing.
  4. Open after Natural Pressure Release.
  5. Garnish with nuts. Enjoy hot or cold.



8 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Halwa- Instant Pot

  1. This looks amazing. Is 1/4 cup liquid really enough? I’m afraid I’ll burn up my pot. The manual says minimum is 1 1/2 cups.

    1. Hi Laura! 1/4 cup of low fat milk or almond milk works well for this recipe. Sweet potatoes also have water content in it that helps build the pressure in the IP. Hope you make this recipe! Let me know.

  2. “A delicately flavored, lightly sweetened dish with melt-in-mouth textures and aromatics from cardamom and saffron” – you got me at this description 😀

  3. I’m new to the instant pot, didn’t really think something this easy could be so good! I only had desiccated coconut, and that worked pretty well. I’m also partial to cream over milk, so used 1/3 cup almond/ coconut half and half.

    The amount of sugar made it feel like a dessert that its intended to be, but I’m curious to see how much the sugar can be reduced without messing up the taste. I’ll probably try 1/4 cup first, then maybe 1/8th.

    Also, I wonder if the recipe will carry over well with carrot. I still can’t believe I made halva, thanks!

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