This is a very rich halwa and so while I say that it serves 2-3, you can easily serve it to a family of four by adding some ice cream to go along with it. I usually buy pre-cut butternut squash from the grocery store as it makes this an even easier dessert to make.
- 1 pound peeled and chopped butternut squash
- 1 tablespoon ghee
- 5 tablespoons sugar, adjust to taste
- ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ¼ cup slivered almonds or chopped nut of choice, garnish
- To prepare the squash, add 2 cups water into the steel inner pot, then place a steamer basket into the pot. Place the peeled and cut squash in the basket.
- Secure the lid, close the pressure valve, press the steam button and set the time to 15 minutes at high pressure.
- Open the valve to quick release any remaining pressure.
- Remove the squash and steamer basket from the pot. Set the squash aside for now.
- Dump out any water still remaining in the bottom of the pot.
- Press the sauté button and add the ghee and the squash. Mash the soft squash with a spoon, then add sugar and cardamom. Stir-fry for 3-4 minutes, or until the halwa turns a shade darker and the ghee releases a nutty aroma.
- Garnish with crushed nuts and serve.
- You can always add more sugar if you prefer a sweeter halwa.