Instant Pot Kaju or Badam Katli / Barfi is ready within minutes! You can serve this delicious mithai in under 30 minutes with this quick and easy recipe. 

cashew fudge served in denby pottery plate


You may wonder what the point is in using the Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker to make Kaju Katli. 

Honestly, it will make your life so much easier! You do not need to worry about getting the consistency of the sugar syrup or worry about stirring by the hob. Just let the Instant Pot handle everything!

Kaju katli garnished with rose petals served in a plate

Katli vs Barfi 

Kaju Katli or Kaju Barfi?

Though the words are used interchangeably, there are some differences. 

Barfi is thicker and the thins are called katli 

Barfi will be cut into squares and katli are shaped in diamonds. 

Either way, both are:

✔️Melt in the mouth and oh-so-delicious 

✔️Ready to eat in 30 minutes

✔️Last-minute dessert and super easy recipe

✔️Made with cashew or almond flour

✔️Great as edible gifts 

✔️This recipe can be halved or doubles

Love Instant Pot desserts? Check out our Instant Pot Dudhi Halwa, Eggless Revani and Eggless Mango Swirl Cheesecake

How about trying 1 minute Sheer Khurma and Kheer 

Don't have an Instant pot? Do not be disheartened, you still can make this delicious sweet on the stovetop too. Check out our Kaju Katli recipe. 

Instead of cashews use readymade ground almonds, try it out our Kesar Badam Katli which is vegan and gluten-free. 

If cashews and almonds are not your best friends, you may want to try our Peanut Katli, which does not require any expertise in making sugar syrup. It's a video recipe too!

Want to make katlis for a friend or a family member who can't consume sugar, try our No added Sugar Badam Katli in Instant Pot.

Kaju barfi served in a plate for Diwali


full recipe with exact measurements in cups and metric in the recipe card below

Ground Cashew or Almond - we have used readymade ground cashew, (it was little darker) if not available make cashew powder at home using raw and unsalted cashews. 

Sugar - white regular granulated sugar

Ghee - You won't need more than a couple of tablespoons. 

Edible silver foil - optional 

How to make Instant Pot Kaju Katli/Barfi

Keep all the ingredients and tools ready as this recipe needs to be prepared fast and quick.

⬧In an inner pot of Instant pot mix sugar and water.

⬧Close the lid.

⬧Select HIGH PRESSURE for 10 minutes, secure the valve on sealing position. 

⬧When it's done release the pressure manually immediately. 

⬧Add ghee and cashew/almond powder and mix quickly. 

⬧It will go thicker in minutes. No need to cook further.

⬧Transfer the mixture onto a greased parchment paper or a silicone mat and knead the dough for 2-3 minutes so it becomes smooth.

⬧Cover it with another parchment paper and roll it into a round or square shape into desired thickness. 

⬧Apply silver foil if using, let it cool for a minute, by now the katli/barfi should be set but little warm. 

⬧Gently cut it into the desired shape using a sharp knife or pizza wheel cutter.

⬧Can be served straight away or once cooled totally store in an airtight container. 

We have served ours in Monsoon Lucille Gold and Greenwich plates gifted by Denby pottery

Tips for Instant Pot Kaju Katli:

Here are some troubleshooters and tips:

If you notice that your katli mixture is not thickening, add a little more cashew/almond flour and mix again

If the mixture seems too dry, add a tbsp of water and mix again. 

You do not want the mixture too dry whilst it is hot as it will solidify further as it cools. You may get cracks if it is too dry. 

Cashew fudge known as kaju katli

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Desserts, Snacks
Yield: 25-30 pieces
Author: Hayley Dhanecha


Make this melt-in-your-mouth Instant Pot Kaju or Badam Katli / Barfi is ready within minutes! You can serve this delicious mithai in under 30 minutes with this quick and easy recipe.
Cook time: 10 Mininactive time: 15 MinTotal time: 25 Min


  • Instant Pot
  • Spatula
  • Cutting board
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Pizza cutter or sharp knife
Katli/Barfi 1 CUP = 250ML
  • 425g/ 4 1/4 cup cashew or almond powder
  • 400g 2 cup regular sugar
  • 2 tbsp. ghee
  • 180ml/1/2 cup + 4 tbsp. water 
  • Edible silver foil


  1. Arrange the stainless steel pot in the Instant Pot.
  2. Add sugar and water, mix it with a spatula.
  3. Close the lid, secure the valve on the sealing position.
  4. Select HIGH-PRESSURE COOKER for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, grease the paper with ghee and leave it aside.
  6. Once cooker beeps, turn off the plug.
  7. Immediately release the pressure and open the lid.
  8. Add ghee and cashew powder and mix well.
  9. Keep stirring, after a couple of minutes the mixture will go thicker.
  10. Transfer it on the greased paper, knead the mixture (see video) to make it smooth as possible for 2-3 minutes. 
  11. At this stage, you can divide the dough for katli and barfi if you like.
  12. Make a round shape, cover it with another paper.
  13. Roll in into desired thickness.
  14. Apply silver foil, if using.
  15. Leave it aside for a couple of minutes.
  16. Cut into the desired shape.
  17. Can be served straight away or store in an airtight container after cooled down totally.
  18. Enjoy!


If the mixture stays loose, you may cook for 1 minute on sauté function.

For vegan option use vegan butter or coconut oil.

Don't want to roll barfi? set it in a greased tray after kneading the dough.



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  1. Lovely description of preparation of katlis..Fabulous gorgeous click as always..wud try for sure .

  2. This looks delicious and a great recipe for the Instant pot. Even non vegans would have a hard time not devouring this tasty treat.

  3. What a beautiful dessert! This is something I am going to have to try around the holidays. Your video is super helpful!

    1. Glad you liked this recipe, let us know how you like it :)

  4. A very informative post! I didn't know the difference between katli and barfi or that you could make them in the Instant Pot. That makes it much easier!

    1. So happy that you found this post informative :) Happy cooking

  5. What a beautiful dessert! I must try this during the holiday season and give them away as gifts. Your video is very helpful in making it!

    1. yes, these cashew barfi and katli makes a lovely gift for any occasion.

  6. Such a perfect sweet for Diwali, and I love that it's made in the instant pot... so easy, so good, and wonderful!

  7. So pretty! I've never heard of this dessert or even edible foil! Need to try asap

  8. Now, that's a treat! These Kaju look SO good (Am I writing the name the right?). They remind me of Greek halva but that is made from semolina. I love how they look, the ingredients, everything! I will make them, exactly as you have them. And have never had edible silver foil, this is exciting. They are festive and beautiful. Thank you so much!

    1. Thank you Jenny for stopping by and yes, you said it right :) We too make semolina Halwa and it is called Sooji Halwa. Let us know if you try this recipe.

  9. Wow, this looks super delicious! I'll have to try it, I also have not even heard of edible foil... will be making this next week for all my visitors!

    1. Thank you! Hope all your visitors enjoy this new dessert :)

  10. I was mesmerized by the video of this kaju katli. It looks beautiful and delicious, and definitely an instant pot would make the job easier.

  11. I am so ready to have that whole plate of kaju katli right away... always love it anytime... Quite intrigued about preparing it in an instant pot, sounds more simpler...

    1. Thanks Rafeeda! Instant pot does all the hard work for you:)

  12. Kaju katli is our all time favourite. Your instapot version sounds comparatively easy and fuss free. The pictures are gorgeous as always !

  13. Diwali or for that any Indian festival is incomplete without some form of barfi or katli. Your kaju katli looks so tempting and beautiful presentation. I like to slice then into rounds especially when making it for prasad.

  14. I have a bulk of almonds lying and I am thinking of giving this easy recipe a try after making my own Almond flour. Really, kaju/badam katli looks absolutely stunning.

  15. I absolutely love kaju and badam katli. The texture of the burfi is perfect and that silver foil just adds to the festive feel. The video is very helpful to understand the texture.

  16. Kaju/badam katli in instant pot, you made the mithai making process so easier dear. The katli looks fantastic and preparation is so easy.

  17. You have made the kaju katli recipe so easy. Looks so good...The texture, color everything is just perfect!

  18. Any Indian festival is incomplete without some form of barfi. Your kaju katli in instant poot looks so tempting and delicious. Presentation looks so festive & yes the video is very useful too!

  19. Wow instant pot kaju katli, love the fact there is no stirring here!!! The pictures are gorgeous dear! a simple yet royal dessert to make for festivities!

  20. This is cuch a lovely recipe. I am so thrilled that it can be made without all the hard stirring and mixing.


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