Do you like beetroot? At home, we are big fans of various things made from the root vegetable – beetroot poriyal, raita, pulav, cutlets and the like. The smell of raw beetroot puts us off, but we are happy with most things made with it when cooked through. Beetroot Halwa is another dish made from the veggie that we are utterly thrilled to lick clean.
Beetroot Halwa might not be as well known as halwa made using carrots or milk, but is just as delicious. The beetroot lends the halwa a gorgeous colour and taste, the ghee, milk, raisins and cashewnuts going in making the dish all the more irresistible. This is a fairly simple sweet treat to make too! Move over poriyal and raita, Beetroot Halwa is here!
Beetroots are known for being rich in various nutrients, but I’m not sure how many of these are preserved when the vegetable is made into a halwa. That said, this is a thing we love indulging in occasionally – read: when we have a couple of beetroots lying around in the refrigerator and aren’t in the mood to cook the usual stuff with them. 🙂
Beetroots already have good natural sugar content and, hence, you may cut down a bit on the amount of sugar you use in this halwa. Considering the huge sweet tooth that all of us in my family possess, the 3/4 cup of sugar I’ve used here for 2 cups of beetroot is just perfect for us. Many like adding khoya (mawa) and/or condensed milk to Beetroot Halwa, but I usually skip those.
Today, I share with you all the recipe for Beetroot Halwa, the way it is made in our family. The theme for this week’s Foodie Monday Blog Hop is #UltaPulta – using an ingredient that is traditionally used in savoury dishes to make something sweet, and vice versa. When the Kalyani of Sizzling Tastebuds suggested the theme, I immediately realised our Beetroot Halwa would be a perfect fit. So, here we go!
I’m also sharing this recipe with Fiesta Friday #290. The co-host this week is Mollie @ Frugal Hausfrau.
Ingredients (serves 4):
- 2 cups grated beetroot
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons of ghee
- 3/4 cup sugar or as per taste
- 2 pinches of cardamom powder or as per taste
- 10-12 cashewnuts
- 1 tablespoon raisins
1. Heat 2 tablespoons ghee in a heavy pan. Add in the grated beetroot. Cook on medium flame till the beetroot gets slightly tender, 2-3 minutes.
2. Add the milk to the pan. Cook on medium flame till the mixture gets thicker and all the liquid in the pan almost dries up. This takes 12-15 minutes. You will need to stir intermittently to ensure that the mixture does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
3. Add the sugar to the pan. Continue to cook on medium flame till the mixture thickens a bit more and the sugar is well integrated into the halwa. Switch off gas when the halwa is still a bit runny – it thickens upon cooling.
4. Mix the cardamom powder well into the halwa.
5. Chop up the cashewnuts roughly. Now, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of ghee in a small pan. Add in the chopped cashewnuts and raisins, and lower the flame to medium. Let the raisins plump up and the cashewnuts brown, ensuring that the ingredients do not burn. Pour this ghee-cashew-raisins mixture atop the beetroot halwa. Mix well. The beetroot halwa is ready to serve – hot, warm, at room temperature or chilled, as per your preference.
1. For best results, grate the beetroot medium thick. Grating it finely will cause it to, sort of, dissolve while cooking.
2. Make sure you use good-quality full-fat milk to make the Beetroot Halwa.
Did you like the recipe? Do tell me, in your comments!
24 thoughts on “Beetroot Halwa”
The beetroot halwa looks absolutely delectable and I do not mind indulging in such rich desserts once in a while.
Thank you! We love this as an occasional treat, too.
Yummm, I love beetroot halwa. Its such an easy sweet to make and best of all, it really doesn’t require that much sugar as naturally its sweet.
We love this too. 🙂
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I love beets and this is an interesting take on it! And new t ome! I have about six beets in my fridge right now waiting to be used. Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday!
You must try this out then! 🙂
I love beetroot halwa especially because beets are available all throughout the year. Love the colour and yes this festive season it is something we all enjoy eating.
Thank you so much!
Beetroot halwa looks super yummy. Loved the bright red colour. Perfect healthy dessert for kids too.
@Batter Up With Sujata
Ha ha, with the sugar going in, I’m not sure if this can be considered a healthy dessert. That said, it’s one delicious thing for sure! 🙂
Never tried beetroot halwa.. will love to try it for my kids, with all the nutritious ingredients it it surely is a rich treat to indulge in once in a while..
With the sugar going in, I’m not sure how nutritious this halwa is but, yes, it’s surely delicious. 🙂 That said, homemade food trumps any day!
This sounds totally yummy and nutritious. Such a fantastic idea to use beetroot in halwa
Beetroot Halwa looks scrumptious and delicious. Beautiful colour and it is okay to indulge in such delicacy occasionally
@Renu Agrawal Dongre
Thank you so much!
I am in love this Beetroot Halwa. Beetroot imparts a beautiful colour to the halwa.Lovely dessert.
the rich colour is sooooo alluring ! the ghee -coated halwa must be surely delicious.. my kids may like this …
PS: am still struggling with the fiesta friday linking. will ping u on this ..
Thank you so much! This is indeeda delicious sweet treat. 🙂
My favorite & healthy.
Thank you for dropping by!
What a vibrant color of this Beetroot Halwa !!! Looks really much delicious with the healthy factor from beetroot 🙂
Thank you! 🙂