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Instant Pot Halva Recipe

Here's a simple Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot Halva recipe that will let you make this classic Indian Halva without having to stand, stir, control splatters, and wonder if it's done yet or not. Whether you call it Halva, sheera, sheero, or kesari, you will agree this simple farina dessert is delicious and when made in a pressure cooker, quite easy.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
NPR & Time to Pressure20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: indian halva, instant pot halva, kesari recipe, pressure cooker halva, sheera
Servings: 4
Calories: 226kcal
Author: Urvashi Pitre


  • 1/2 cup farina cream of wheat
  • 1/4 cup sugar or sugar equivalent
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cardamom
  • 3-4 saffron strands + 1 teaspoon sugar ground together
  • 1/4 cup Ghee or oil
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • Ghee for greasing pan or oil


  • Grease a 6-inch x 4-inch pan and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix together farina, sugar, cardamom and the saffron-sugar mixture.
  • Add water and ghee and mix well.
  • Pour the mixture into the greased pan and cover with a silicone lid or foil.
  • Pour 1.5 cups of water in the inner liner of the Instant Pot. Place a high steamer rack on top of this. Place the cover pan on the rack.
  • Set the Instant pot to cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. At the end of the cook time, let the pot sit undisturbed for 5 minutes and then release all remaining pressure.
  • Using silicone mitts, remove the inner pot. Use a fork or spoon to fluff up the halva and stir it around really well. You’re doing this to spread the cardamom and saffron throughout the halva. As you stir, you will see the grains start to separate, and the halva takes on a yellow-orange tinge from the saffron.
  • Once the halva has been broken up and the spices are mixed in, the halva is ready to serve.


Note: You may want to add additional ghee at the end because, really, one can never have too much delicious ghee. But start here and see what you think first. Here's a homemade ghee recipe for you. 


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g