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Paal Kesari | Sooji Halwa - Instant pot

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Course: Sweet
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Vidya Srinivasan


  • Rava Sooji/Semolina - 1 cup
  • Sugar - 2 cups + 1/2 cup Adjust according to your taste
  • Milk - 2 cups + 1/2 cup
  • Butter / Ghee - 4 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Nuts and raisin - to garnish I used cashew
  • Saffron - few strands


  • Turn on Instant pot in sauté mode
  • Add butter and let it melts
  • Add cashew and sauté till cashews turns golden brown
  • Add raisins and give it quick mix
  • Transfer the nuts and raisins into a cup
  • Add Rava and sauté well
  • Mix well and sauté to avoid Rava from turning brown
  • Sauté for 2 minutes, turn off IP
  • Add sugar and mix well
  • Add pinch of salt and cardamom powder; mix well
  • Add hot boiling milk. Mix well and deglaze the IP well
  • Add few saffron and mix well
  • Add butter and close the IP lid. Pressure cook for 4 minutes in LP
  • NPR. Mix the kesari well and add sautéd nuts and raisins . Instant pot Paal Kesari is ready😊


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  1. Adjust sugar according to your taste
  2. Pinch of food color can be added (I didn’t add any food color for instant pot kesari)
  3. Adjust butter according to your preference. Kesari can be prepared even with just 1 tsp of butter or without any butter 
  4. Always add hot boiling milk. Room temperature or warm milk won’t give the same texture kesari
  5. Regular kesari can be prepared in the same way using instant pot. Use hot boiling water (kettle auto cut off water) instead of milk
  6. Deglaze the IP well to avoid the kesari from getting burn
  7. If the instant pot shows burnt it means rava/sugar stuck to the pot. Release the pressure immediately 
  8. Make sure the pressure setting is low. High pressure will burn the pot
  9. Milk quantity may vary according to the Rava 
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