Saturday, November 1, 2008

Beetroot Halwa ~ Simple Indian Sweet in the Halwa Series!

Halwas are always wonderful to make and they get done so quickly. Infact when you have some unexpected guests and you don't know what to make, well never worry you can always whip out a halwa in a jiffy! For many years, I always thought halwas from vegetables can only be good with carrots. I never attempted with anything else. Coming to sweets, its never consumed much at home. I don't' really like sweets but yeah occasional indulgence does happens.

Also after an innovative attempt at making an halwa with Papaya, I thought I should make a series of halwas with all vegetables and fruits. So you will end up seeing all different types of halwas with vegetables and fruits. Well I know what you are thinking, but then these are something that make a good dessert for kids, so I am for it!

With konda, I am never sure which one she will like. And with the boys, if one eats, the other one makes a point not to touch it. So I am having my fingers crossed, wondering who will finally eat this. When Peddu was watching the Mr. Beans last week, where Mr. Bean was running around with a baby, I taught him to say "Chinna Pappa". So he comes running to us and pulls our cheeks and with pouting lips, says "Chiina Paapa". I will have to remember to record that soon, these days he is learning words so fast that he changes it within a week.


Coming to this Beetroot Halwa, there is no hard and fast rule for making this halwa. It can be done almost as Carrot Halwa, but this is made little differently. Athamma gets all excited when I tell her that we are going to cook new dishes, so this is her innovation. Normally I make it roasted in ghee and then cook as Carrot Halwa, but Athamma pressure cooked it and then wanted it to be made as Halwa.

Ingredients Needed:

Beetroot grated - 1 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cup or less, since beets are sweet.
Milk - 4 tbsp
Cardamom powder - a pinch
Ghee - 2 tsp

Roasted Nuts for garnish

Method to prepare:

Grate Beets and pressure cook till tender. Keep it aside.

Roast the nuts like cashew and badam and keep aside.

Melt sugar in a pan till its all done, then add in the cooked beets, milk, cardamom powder and simmer for 5 mins.

Then add ghee and cook on high till the beetroot starts leaving the sides.

Finally garnish with roasted nuts.

As I told you, I am running the Recipe Marathon for a 2nd time. So I am starting the Marathon with Sweet series. For the next 7 days, you are going to get high caloric food! Afterall I need that to run right!

Check out what my other marathoners made today:

DK of Culinary Bazaar, Siri of Siri's Corner, Anu of My Food Blog, Ranji of Ranji's Kitchen Corner, PJ of Seduce Your Tastebuds, Curry Leaf of Experiments, Emotions, Experiences with Food, Medha of Cook with Love, Priya of Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes, Bhawna of Tastes of India, Raaji of Raaji's Kitchen, Ruchii, Kamala of Nandhu's Corner, Roopa of My Kitchen Treats, Divya Kudua of Easy Cooking, Rekha of Plantain leaf, Divya M of Divyaz Easy Recipes and Lak of The Yum Blog.

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35 comments :

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow looks yummy.

Curry Leaf said...

Lovely start to the lovely race.

Divya Kudua said...

Hmm..yummy..I too thought veggies in halwa wouldnt be nice...after my trial of making beetroot kesari succeeded,I am all for it!!Looking forward to more recipes in RM..!!

Jayashree said...

Did u say "simple", Valli??? Pls check out this post of mine to see what happened when I attempted this.
http://luvgoodfood.blogspot.com/2008/01/how-to-make-glue-aka-disaster-in.html

Arundathi said...

nice to run with you! :-) good luck!

Roopa said...

Yummy halwa Srivalli :)

Priya said...

Looks delicious...Wishing u the best for the recipes marathon...Healthy n colourful halwa too.

Alka said...

Thats so innovative..looks mindblowingly cute!

raaji said...

lovely one.....Nice to know that u too r one of RM runner.....looking forward for more

PJ said...

Have prepared this with carrot,will try with beetroot as well..Nice to be running with u...

kamala said...

Wish to be near ur place for this and forthcoming halwas..Grt pleasure to run with you.

indosungod said...

Go Valli! Love the color. It is one of my favorite veggies. I bet this sweet is delicious as the savory items we cook with it.

lakshmi said...

first of all, grating beetroots is not exactly something that can be done in a "jiffy". who grates beetroots at home? i have some lying the fridge, i am inclined to send them over to you :P

secondly, did you notice kumbhakarna's giant "wake up"? :P LOL. i can't laugh at my own pathetic jokes, can i?

Jude said...

I love making halwa... Thanks for this idea! Never seen a beet halwa recipe before.

Simran said...

Looks bright and colorful, like everything with beets.

Good luck with the marathon

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi...
This is my fav. Looks so good. I also make it in the same way. Healthy sweet!...

Mandira said...

love the color of the halwa!

ranji said...

hey valli..it feels so good to be back :)...beetroot halwa looks damn good..i was planning on making beetroot rava kesari but i may just change my mind :)..

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. looks nice & yummy... perfect click...

Divya Vikram said...

I remember my grandma making this.And we had this with pooris!!

Cilantro said...

Amma made them and we had them for chappatis. Looks delicious.

Bhawana said...

Thats new to me Srivalli. Looks very tempting :). Good one to try out.

Madhu said...

Love the colour of beets.Looks delicious.

DK said...

Now I think you have every conceivable halwa in your site now! My oh my! the color to this one is worth a try :)

Hugs
DK

Vibaas said...

never tried it before. looks yum.

Uma said...

the halwa looks so delicious and healthy too.

Sharmila said...

Now that is what I call a colourful innovation! Beetroot! Great job Sri! :-)

rekhas kitchen said...

nice to run with you valli good starting and nice colour too

Medhaa said...

never had beetroot halwa. Its really nice to run the marathon with you.

veena said...

Hi..
Looks delicious ....Yummy......Never heard of beetroot Halwa.Will surely try this wonderful dessery one day for sure ...
Keep up the good work...
Love
veena

news.linq.in said...

Wow! we are really enjoying knowing & learning your all series of halwas with vegetables and fruits :-)
Very innovative post.
Thank you for sharing.


Regards,
Vibha.

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Yummy yummy beetroot halwa. one of my all time favourites.

SMN said...

Hey valli even i blogged beet root halwa long back and so did papaya.. check out my blog..

Now ur able to comment on blog

Medhaa said...

You are always so good with the round ups. Great Job

Good Gynecologist in Anna Nagar said...

Lovely color of the halwa...Realy tempting..

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