Delicately flavored and lightly sweetened sweet potato halwa is a perfect dish that can be enjoyed for breakfast or dinner. With melt-in-mouth creamy sweet potatoes and aromatic cardamom and saffron, this halwa is easy to make in the Instant Pot.
Sweet Potatoes are a must-have root vegetable in my kitchen. From adding it to curries and dal to homemade Indian bread, I love using nutrient-rich sweet potatoes in my cooking. Traditionally sweet potato is also a "fasting" approved vegetable in India.
This 4th of July also happened to be an Indian festival of "Ashadhi Ekadashi" that is celebrated by fasting or eating special foods. I have always enjoyed the special fasting foods. This year will be particularly special as I can cook and enjoy a special meal with my mom.
Our menu included my favorite crispy non-fry Sabudana vada with a yogurt & peanut chutney and refreshing ginger lemonade. Mom also made this heavenly sweet potato halwa that is fiber-rich and loaded with nutrients.
Why we love this Sweet Potato Halwa
- good source of fiber and vitamins, with a lower glycemic index
- Make it vegan by using oil and nut milk
- make ahead recipe
- fasting friendly for my Indian followers
- easy and quick
I loved that mom used the Instant Pot to make the halwa instead of her traditional stovetop recipe. We were pleasantly surprised with the beautiful textures in Instant Pot with half the cooking time.
Instead of individually shredded the sweet potatoes which can be time-consuming, we sliced the sweet potatoes. Then added the remaining ingredients and pressure cooked for 3 mins. The halwa came out creamy and luxurious with half the effort and everyone loved the flavors.
Here is a quick video showing how mom made it:
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Instant Pot Sweet Potato Halwa
- 2 tablespoons ghee Oil for Vegan option
- 3 medium sweet potatoes washed, peeled and thinly sliced
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ⅓ cup packed brown sugar more or less
- ¼ cup grated unsweetened coconut
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 6 cardamom pods
- 1 generous pinch of saffron
- Optional Garnish
- 1 tablespoon almonds and pistachio slices
- Turn the Instant Pot to Saute mode. Add ghee, sliced sweet potatoes. Add almond milk, brown sugar, coconut, salt, cardamom, and saffron.
- Close the Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing. Press Cancel and select Pressure cook(Hi) and adjust the time to 3 minutes. Allow Natural Pressure Release. Garnish with nuts and enjoy.
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Hands down winner recipe..looks scrumptious
Thank you Lathiya!
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.
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.
"A delicately flavored, lightly sweetened dish with melt-in-mouth textures and aromatics from cardamom and saffron" - you got me at this description 😀
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!
Hi Vishal, I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed this healthy dessert! You can def reduce the sugar to your taste. Here is my recipe for carrot halwa in the instant pot that is simple and delicious- http://ministryofcurry.com/carrot-halwa-instant-pot/ you can use regular milk and cream instead of almond milk and almond meal if you like!
This sounds delicious, I can’t wait to try it! Curious if I could use full fat milk instead of nut milk (same amounts?) and cardamom powder instead of cardamom pods without messing up the taste or texture?
Yes for both!
Can’t wait to try this! If I make it beforehand what’s the best way to serve (bring to room temp, reheat in IP or microwave)?
Reheat in micorowave. enjoy!
if you want to make this for a diabetic - instead of sugar can you use an alternative? How much would that be (measure)
You can use any sweetener you like. I like coconut sugar and add it to taste. I would start with just 1 to 2 tablespoons. Add more in the end if needed.
A recipe to keep!! Perfect!! But would certainly want to reduce the sugar a little bit next time. Archana, thanks again for yet another instant pot recipe.
You are welcome! thank you for the feedback
Lovely recipe! Can I try this without almond milk?
Yes absolutely! You can use water or low fat milk
Just tried the sweet potato halwa & it was super yummy. Thanks.
Thank you for the feedback
Chaitrakokila Swamy says
Sweet Potato Halwa has turned to be a favorite in our house. Kids want to have at least once in a week. So easy to prepare this sweet dish.
Thank you for such a easy and tasty recipe!!
Awesome! It is healthy and delish!
i doubled this recipe because i had 6 smallish white sweet potatoes that needed to be used up. I used a mix of heavy cream and 1% milk bc i did not have almond milk, I did add a few extra tablespoons of milk just because I wasn't sure the liquid amount would be enough. I also added a little less than 2/3 cup brown sugar for the doubled recipe. The halwa turned out creamy, just sweet enough and delicious! I would make this again-maybe using the orange sweet potatoes to see if it makes a difference. I think the guidelines are very good
Thank you Smruti!