Instant Pot Lauki Kheer (Bottle Gourd Pudding)

Instant Pot Lauki Kheer (Bottle Gourd Pudding)

INGREDIENTS
2 teaspoons ghee 10 ml
1 tablespoon broken cashews
1 tablespoon golden raisins
2.5 cups grated lauki bottle gourd, packed, from 600-gram lauki
3 cups whole milk 24 oz
1/2 cup sugar 100 grams, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
3/4 teaspoon kewra water or rose water
few saffron strands optional

INSTRUCTIONS
 Before you start, peel and grate the lauki. Remember to grate the lauki from the thicker side of the grater, if you grate from the thin side, it just loses texture which I like to retain in the kheer. So, grate using the thicker holes.
Press the saute button on the Instant Pot. Once it displays hot, add the ghee. Then add the cashews and raisins. Fry for few seconds until the raisins plump and cashews start becoming golden brown.
Remove them from the pot on a plate.
Then add the grated lauki to the pot. Saute for 2 minutes.
Then add the milk and stir. Also add the sugar. Stir and close the pot with the lid.
Press the Porridge button and adjust the time to 9 minutes (on high pressure). Let the pressure release naturally.
Open the pot and press the saute button. Add cardamom powder, kewra water (or rose water) and saffron strands.
Also, add back the fried cashews and raisins.
Let the kheer simmer on saute for 5 minutes. It will continue to thicken as it cools down.
Serve lauki kheer warm or chilled. I love mine chilled!

NUTRITION
Calories: 216kcal
Carbohydrates: 32g
Protein: 6g
Fat: 8g
Saturated Fat: 4g
Cholesterol: 20mg
Sodium: 69mg
Potassium: 391mg
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 31g
Vitamin A: 361IU
Vitamin C: 11mg
Calcium: 175mg
Iron: 1mg