Want to make the traditional ghee dripping kasi halwa at home? You can make this instantly in this kasi halwa in instant pot
Kasi halwa is the star of any south Indian tamizh wedding. In our weddings, this kasi halwa always features. I always wonder why the name of Kasi is given to this particular halwa? Is it because this halwa with ash gourd is made and served to the groom after the traditional Kasi yatra ceremony?. Maybe yes. The only cribbing that I always have is it is served in less quantity. I wish they would serve more. However, instead of waiting for a wedding to take place this wedding season, I decided to make this at home. This time I prepared this instant pot Kasi halwa. Yes, I cooked this traditional Kasi halwa instantly too.
Ash gourd is the hero in this halwa. We will use the grated ash gourd along with sugar to dish out this delicious halwa. The flavouring agents that we will be using are cardamom powder and saffron. Of course, a traditional Indian sweet cannot be complete without the addition of ghee. So the ghee goes into this to make it more luscious. To get the Kalyana Kasi halwa flavour, we will use half oil and half ghee as the fat. The choice is always yours to use the fat which you prefer to.
You do not have an instant pot? Worry not. We can cook this without any electric pressure cooker. Traditionally this halwa is cooked in an open pot. I use the instant pot to cook it as it is easier and faster to cook. We can follow the same procedure to cook it in a pressure cooker. We can also cook it in an open pot without using any pressure cooker.
Ash gourd (grated) — 2 cups
Sugar — 1 Cup
Saffron — Few strands
Cardamom powder — 1/4 tsp
Ghee — 3 tbsp
PREPARATION OF KASI HALWA
We can prepare halwa from bottle gourd or dhoodhi in a similar way. We can prepare dhoodhi halwa on the stovetop too as shown here. The halwa from carrot is most sought after. Here I have prepared carrot halwa in Nutripot. The same directions can be used to prepare this carrot halwa in the instant pot
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