How to make KULOLO in the INSTANT POT using only 3 ingredients | Keeping It Relle

You’ve probably heard of the Instant Pot ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

But these simple & easy to follow recipes work with any pressure cooker! All pressure cookers work on the same, simple principle: Steam pressure.

Within the sealed pot, the steam builds up therein to a very high pressure, which helps food cook much faster than other traditional methods, such as with crock pots and or ovens!

Kūlolo or taro pudding is a classic Hawaiian dessert. Warm, chewy, rich, dark brown pieces of kulolo made easily in the comfort of your home using an Instant Pot. My favorite!

Kūlolo is a popular Hawaiian dessert here in the islands made of ground/grated kalo (see below for tips on grating) or taro, raw sugar, and coconut milk. Traditional kulolo is made in an imu or underground oven and steamed or baked for hours.

Today, kūlolo is often baked in the oven or steamed in a steamer. This process is very time consuming, however I have got a way to make kulolo in the Instant Pot and will cut your traditional cook time down.

***Of note not all varieties of kalo will work to make kulolo. Chinese variety of kalo (love Bun-Long) work well to make taro chips, but do not work well to make kulolo. Common varieties to use are mana and lauloa.

The University of Hawai’i at Manoa has great resource on kalo varieties. You can check it out at

***Also the calcium oxalate in kalo can cause skin. If you have sensitive skin I would recommend using gloves when grating and handling the kalo.

Tips for grating kalo: Rinse kalo root. Using a peeler peel off the outer layer of the root (similar to the way you would peel a potato). You can then grate the kalo using a hand held grater (love the ones used to grate cheese) or an easier option would be to use a food processor or stand mixer with a grater attachment.

The Instant Pot is an electronic pressure cooker and has become a very popular kitchen counter top appliance. This is the Instant Pot I have

Follow along as I show you how to make Instant Pot kūlolo.

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Instant Pot Kūlolo Recipe
2 cups taro, grated
3/4 cups raw sugar
1/2 cup coconut milk

Set Instant Pot to saute mode.
Line an 8 inch by 2 inch deep cake pan with foil. I have a 6 quart Instant Pot and this will fit perfectly. Be sure to find a pan that will fit your Instant Pot. Set aside.
In a big bowl add kalo, sugar, and coconut milk. Stir until well combined.
Pour mixture in to prepared pan. Cover tightly with foil.
Add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot. put trivet in the Instant Pot followed by the cake pan. If you do not have a trivet you can roll a piece of foil to elevate the cake pan.
put the lid on and set to sealing. Press cancel to stop saute mode. Cook on manual high pressure for 150 minutes. Allow natural pressure release until safety pin has dropped and the lid is unlocked.
Allow to cool overnight. cut in to pieces and serve. Enjoy!

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