Beetroot Halwa

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Halwa is one of the most popular traditional Indian dessert, made from rich and fresh ingredients by cooking in milk, simmering till it reduces along with clarified butter/ghee and adorned with nuts and raisins. They are rich in taste and flavors and can be served warm or cold. Various kinds of halwa can be made, depending on the ingredients they are prepared from. The commonly loved Gajar ka Halwa is best tasted warm with a dollop of ice-cream. My version with beetroot is no different.

The story goes this way. We had an over dose of beet roots a few weeks ago and I had to finish them off with hitting boredom or seeing them end up in the trash. A few stir fries and curries had already made us see enough of the fiery deep crimson red color that it's hang over would last for months! I used the final batch of 4 beetroots to make this halwa and it was worth every effort.


Beet is a popular tropical reddish purple rooted vegetable liked or disliked for it's odd color. I know many who don't like beets, don't cook them or even eat them. I guess it's probably due to it's intense color. I have less liking for it as a vegetable, but still cook them once a while. But this dessert is one which you shouldn't stop from giving a try. If you admire carrot halwa, then you will surely love these too. Except the color, there it isn't much different.

Here are a few tips that can help you. You can use canned condensed milk or khova for this recipe instead of reducing the milk over the stove. Low fat milk with few tbsp of milk powder would work equally good. Take care not to grate the beets too fine, they may dissolve while cooking. Squeeze as much juice as possible from the grated beet and use it to make red velvet cake.


Beetroot Halwa

INGREDIENTS

1/2 kg beetroot, grated
1/2 litre Milk
225 gm Sugar
1 tbsp clarified butter
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
Nuts and Raisins for garnish


DIRECTIONS

Wash and grate the beetroots. Sauté the beetroot on a pan till it softens a little, approximately for about 5 minutes. Add in the milk. It will bubble up as it boils. Cook on a gentle flame for about 20 minutes stirring every 5 minutes. Add in the sugar, stir well and cook till the sugar melts and dissolves well. Cook until all the milk is reduced and has been absorbed. It will result in a mushy mass. That's how we want it.

Add a tbsp of clarified butter/ghee and cook further for 2 minutes. Add in plump raisins and freshly crushed cardamom seeds.

Fry the cashew nuts in a tsp of ghee. When it turns golden, transfer it to the halwa. Set a few aside to garnish the halwa while serving. Serve warm.


My parents visited us the day I made this and they throughly enjoyed it. Warm servings of this halwa, freshly seasoned with cardamom and nuts made an exotic treat for all. A dollop of vanilla ice cream would elevate this dessert to a greater extent.

Do not leave the cardamom out. It has an impeccable luxurious flavor that it imparts to this dessert making it warm, rich and endearingly good. A single bite of this simple looking, yet rich, sweet and calorific dessert will leave you craving for more.

Note: Apologies readers! I shall take a month's break from blogging as I am tied with work and personal needs to cater to. But I promise I shall be back soon. Till then, happy reading and cooking! Chio!

33 comments:

  1. Beautiful eyecatching click.Halwa looks delicious.

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  2. hmmm.........
    looks delicious dear :-)

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  3. Luv beetroot halwa have my verison too without sugar...urs looks inviting and tempting

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  4. wat a colour!!!!! looks very tempting

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  5. Wow looks so tempting and I love the colour...looks so delicious

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  6. wow what a colour and what a click, so beautiful mallika...really very tempting and yummy

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  7. Such a fabulous halwa, my favourite, i cant stop having them if i make at home..

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  8. Beet root halwa looks gorgeous Mallika, nice one.

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  9. hi Mallika,
    first time to ur blog ,u got a very beautiful space here with lovely collection of recipes with stunning clicks...i
    halwa looks delicious n very tempting ....superb color n nice click too ....if u get time do visit my blog

    Satya
    http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

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  10. just WOW..I am speechless here Mallika..can you pass me that bowl?

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  11. Hey Mallika.. the halwa looks amazing. Super pictures too. Love how the focus fades in the last click! :)

    Will miss ur posts next month. But no worries, I will get an update as soon as you post again. Look forward to when you have more time on hand. Best wishes!

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  12. Absolutely yummy.. The color and the pics are too attractive :)

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  13. That color is popping ;)
    simply superb!

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  14. Hi Mallika,

    Beetroot halwa looks very delicious.Love to have it warm.Will surely miss you and your delicious recipes during your blog break.Enjoy your break time.

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  15. The pictures are awesome mallika and this is my healthy lovable dessert always.. i am drooling over ur picture.. absolutely delicious..have wonderful break and come back soon dear.. will surely miss ur post and lovely pictures.

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  16. absoloutely gorgeous looking halwa !!

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  17. Gorgeous deliciousness in the bowl, perfect warm dessert for the weather here.

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  18. The color of your halwa looks so rich.

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  19. Hi Mallika, I don't remmeber through which blog i came here, but boy I am amazed with your pictures, recipes and hooked to your blog.
    You have an awesome collection, hope to catch you soon after a month.

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  20. not that grt fan of carrot an d beet halwa bu this one looks so delicious .. feel to have some.. good one

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  21. Woot! That is some seriously good food-porn going on in those pictures ;)
    So did you reserve the beet juice and make yourself some red velvet cake from it? If you did, I'll take a bet that it will the next post on Vegbowl!! Maybe the post you would post when you come back a month later? ;)
    Have a good break, and come back sooner...you will be missed.

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  22. Nice & tempting color, I've to admit I never tasted beetroot halwa....Have a nice break...

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  23. I wasn't thinking this recipe as a dessert I was thinking more of a side. Typically I grew up with beet root as a side dish never something sweet and for dessert. Really going to have to try to judge - side or dessert. Thanks.

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  24. Awesome clicks..looks so delicious..

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  25. Simple WOW! Yours pictures are mind blowing MD! Lovely halwa!

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  26. Hi,

    Yummy lovely beetroot halwa...very tempting...

    Dr.Sameena@

    www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  27. Halwa looks delicious and eye catching!

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  28. This halwa surely gives gajar ka halwa tough competition :) Loved beet root after having this halwa..

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  29. Looks yummy. And to think that this preparation is sugar free makes it even healthier.

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  30. I tried this and it was a great hit with my family....tasted wonderful although i tweaked the recipe a bit to suit my healthy lifestyle - used low fat milk and cut down the sugar to 3-4 tbsp. I'm really hooked on to it now..thanks so much!!

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