Fig And Walnut Halwa

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This Instant Pot fig and walnut halwa is perfect for when you need a quick and easy recipe to satisfy your sweet cravings. It is absolutely delicious and comes together in less than 30 minutes.

A hand holding a white bowl of fig and walnut halwa made in Instant Pot. A wooden bowl of pistachios is seen in the background.
Instant Pot Fig And Walnut Halwa

There is always a sense of urgency when it comes to late-night desserts. It can’t take hours to make because slaving over the stove is the last thing we want to do so late in the day. Also, when you are craving for a dessert you want it in your hands like right NOW.. almost like magic.

That’s why this fig and walnut halwa fits the bill perfectly because it is not labor-intensive – 5 minutes of pressure cooking along with 10 minutes of occasional stirring. The end result is this rich, buttery, gooey halwa that is the perfect answer to all your cravings. Serve this halwa with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to take it to the next level.

Also, did I mention that it has no added sugar – this dish derives its sweetness from the figs so you can now feel less guilty about your late-night snack 🙂

How to make fig and walnut halwa in Instant Pot?

Dried figs are the star of the show. There are many varieties of figs but for this halwa, we will choose Turkish figs.  They are smaller, plumper, moist, and naturally sweet – that means you can skip adding sugar.

This fig and walnut halwa or Anjeer halwa as they call it in India is traditionally made by steaming the figs and pureeing them.  In this recipe, the figs are pressure cooked and mashed in the Instant Pot instead.

Here are the step by step directions to make fig and walnut halwa.

  1. Combine the figs and water in the Instant Pot.Coarsely chopped figs in a pressure cooker
  2. Secure the lid and set the Pressure Release to Sealing. Select the Pressure Cook or Manual setting and set the cooking time for 5 minutes at high pressure.
  3. Perform a quick release by moving the Pressure Release to Venting.
  4. Open the pot and coarsely mash the figs with a potato masher or wooden spatula. Add the walnuts, pistachios, ghee, and cardamom and stir together.Walnuts, pistachios and ghee are added to mashed figs
  5. Press the Cancel button to reset the cooking program, then select the low Sauté setting and cook the halwa, stirring frequently, until it thickens to a pudding-like consistency, about 10 minutes. Press the Cancel button to turn off the Instant Pot.
  6. Spoon the halwa into bowls and serve.

An overhead shot of fig and walnut halwa served in a white bowl with 2 spoons on the side. There are two other small wooden bowls filled with pistachios and walnuts respectively.

Before I jump to the recipe, I would like to share that this fig and walnut recipe is from Archana Mundhe’s book – The Essential Indian Instant Pot Cookbook, and has been posted here with permission.  Archana runs the popular blog – Ministry of curry and just like her blog, her book is a treasure trove of recipes and useful tips and has about 100 Indian food recipes that include both vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare.

Cover image of Indian Instant Pot Cookbook. Shows a picture of chicken korma served with rice.

Archana’s book has everything you need to get started with Indian cooking in Instant Pot and I wish it was available when I first started with Instant Pot. You can get a copy of The Essential Indian Instant Pot Cookbook at Amazon or BarnesandNoble.com, Powells.com, IndieBound.org.

Recipe source – Reprinted with permission from The Essential Indian Instant Pot Cookbook, copyright 2018 by Archana Mundhe. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

If you have a sweet tooth like me and enjoy having a dessert with your meals, here are a few other dessert recipes that you can make in your Instant Pot.

Other delicious Indian Dessert Recipes to enjoy

  1. Semiyan Kheer  -a creamy and delicious dessert that you can put together in a cinch.
  2. Rice kheer – Making Rice Kheer just got a whole lot quicker with this easy Instant Pot Kheer recipe. This Indian Rice Pudding comes out creamy and flavorful, without spending hours in the kitchen.
  3. Gajar halwa (carrot pudding) Gajar halwa or Carrot pudding is a delectable dessert made from grated carrots, milk, and sugar. Learn this (almost) hands-free approach to making one of India’s most beloved desserts using an Instant Pot.
  4. Puran poli This traditional Indian dessert goes by a few names – holigebele obbattu, or puran poli. Chapati like but with a flaky crust and a sweet lentil filling, puran poli is a favorite throughout India.
  5. Instant Pot Sweet Pongal – Learn how to make this authentic-tasting Sakkarai Pongal or Chakkara Pongali (Sweet Pongal) in under 30 minutes using an Instant Pot.


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A hand holding a white bowl of fig and walnut halwa. A wooden bowl of pistachios is seen in the background.

Instant Pot Fig And Walnut Halwa Recipe

4.60 from 10 votes
This Instant Pot fig and walnut halwa is perfect for when you need a quick and easy recipe to satisfy your sweet cravings. It is absolutely delicious and comes together in less than 30 minutes.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Diet : Vegetarian
Course : Dessert
Method: Instant Pot
Cuisine : Indian

Ingredients
  

  • lb  Turkish figs,  dried, stemmed and coarsely chopped
  • cup  water
  • cup  walnuts,  finely chopped
  • 1/2  cup  shelled pistachios,  finely chopped
  • 1/3  cup  ghee
  • tsp  cardamom ground

Instructions
 

  • Combine the figs and water in the Instant Pot.
  • Secure the lid and set the Pressure Release to Sealing. Select the Pressure Cook or Manual setting and set the cooking time for 5 minutes at high pressure.
  • Perform a quick release by moving the Pressure Release to Venting.
  • Open the pot and coarsely mash the figs with a potato masher or wooden spatula. Add the walnuts, pistachios, ghee, and cardamom and stir together.
  • Press the Cancel button to reset the cooking program, then select the low Sauté setting and cook the halwa, stirring frequently, until it thickens to a pudding-like consistency, about 10 minutes. Press the Cancel button to turn off the Instant Pot.
  • Spoon the halwa into bowls and serve.

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Nutrition

Calories: 675kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 13gFat: 48gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 11mgPotassium: 899mgFiber: 12gSugar: 39gVitamin A: 80IUVitamin C: 2.7mgCalcium: 185mgIron: 3.6mg

Disclaimer: Approximate Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and can vary depending on the exact ingredients/brands used. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist.

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2 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    This sounds wonderful! However, I need a substitute for the ghee. My near & dear family are vegan. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thank you

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