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Dudhi Basundi Instant Pot
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5 from 3 votes

Dudhi Basundi Instant Pot

A healthier take on the dreamy sweet Indian dessert made with thickened milk laced with cardamom and saffron
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert, Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 285kcal


  • 1 pound calabash dudhi or lauki
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 2 cups low fat milk
  • ¼ teaspoon saffron
  • cups low fat milk or whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons pistachios sliced


  • Peel the outside skin of dudhi and discard. Make thin slices using a peeler or a mandolin slicer, about 2 to 4 cups.
  • Set Instant Pot to Saute mode and heat ghee. Add dudhi and sauté for a minute.
  • Add sugar, cardamom, low fat milk and saffron. Give a quick stir. Close the Instant Pot with pressure release handle to sealing. Pressure cook for 5 minutes followed by 10 minute natural pressure release.
  • Open the Instant Pot. Add whole milk (or low fat) and cook on sauté (normal) mode for 15 to 20 minutes or until the basundi is of desired consistency.
  • Enjoy warm or chilled topped with sliced pistachios. 



Notes: You can add up to ½ cup of sugar for sweeter basundi. 


Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 503mg | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 385IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 344mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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