Divine Intervention 

Apple Pie Halwa

It all started when we went apple picking. Trunk loads of apples and a crazy foodie family. But all’s well that ends up well. 

Karm (my 6 year old): knock knock 

Me: who’s there?

Karm: Apple

Me: apple who? 

Karm: Ever had a mithai (Indian Sweet) that is so good for you? Well, now you can. It’s Apple Pie Halwa!!! 

Okay so we’re working on his joke skills, but that apple Pie Halwa fact is 100 percent accurate. It’s absolutely nutritious and won’t go anywhere near your midriff. (Or that butt if you’re worried about that!) In fact I’ve upped the health quotient by adding some Hazelnuts & dates and no refined sugar was invited to this party. Did I say it’s beyond delicious, in spite of it all? Does sound truly unbelievable, but go ahead and try it yourself. This one’s a keeper if you’re looking forward to a guilt free Festive treat. 

This Halwa was made using my new best friend, The Instant Pot. Feel free to make it on a stove, in a heavy bottom pan, but I recommend you invest in one of these magical cookers. Its Dassera after all! Happy Dassera to you and yours. 


  • 1 tbsp ghee 
  • 5 small apples (I used a whole bunch of mixed varieties, some were pretty tart), cored and cut into large chunks. Leave that skin on,  we’re going with nutritious here!!! 
  • 7-8 dates, finely chopped 
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup honey (depending on how sweet/tart those apples are) note: I used 1/2 cup
  • 2/3 cups hazelnut meal (or crushed nuts of your choice)
  • 2/3 cups milk  (1 percent fat) 
  • 2 generous pinches cardamom powder 
  • 1 giant pinch salt 


    1. Using a food processor (I used a Ninja mixer) shred the chunks of apples until they are very fine. (Resembling shredded cheese)
    2. Set the IP on Sauté mode.
    3. Heat the ghee, add in the shredded apples & dates and give it a good stir.
    4. Add the honey, hazelnut meal, and stir for a couple minutes. 
    5. Add the milk, cardamom powder and salt. Mix well and put the lid on. 
    6. While sealing, turn the IP on porridge mode and reduce the time to 5 mins. 
    7. Once the timer goes off, turn it off and do a Quick Release. Open the lid and give it a good stir.
    8. Switch back to the sauté mode and cook while stirring for additional couple minutes until you get the right fudgy consistency. 
    9. Enjoy! 

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