Beetroot ‘Halwa’ or Beetroot dessert is an Indian, unique & healthy vegetable based dessert recipe.
It combines simple everyday ingredients like beetroots, milk, sugar & nuts which are readily available.
I am not a big fan of this root vegetable. But beets are low in calories and rich source of nutrients, Vitamin C and fiber.
About the Recipe
Beetroot ‘Halwa’ is one of those recipes which Mom used to make for us through out the year! It’s a fun homemade dessert which all of us gorged without complains after a meal.
And then there were always leftovers and we never cared if we had to eat it multiple times through that week 😉
Coming back to present, I don’t have any specific liking to include beets in our regular meals. In one of my recent grocery trips, I got a nice batch of these root vegetables. Used some to make a delicious curry and was left with quite of few of them. That’s when I decided to make my version of ‘halwa’ (or dessert).
Grated beets cooked with milk; sugar, ‘ghee’ (clarified butter), powdered cardamom, nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachios) and raisins added (in that order)
Adding sugar or sweetener is optional as beets naturally contain sugar. And some would prefer it that way.
Powdered sugar, nuts and raisins for me are garnishes and adds that extra flavor and texture to this dessert. So even if your pantry doesn’t have these, you can still make this recipe.
Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (as the temperatures soar) or refrigerate and eat it cold.
It can be refrigerated for up to 4-5 days. If you like to eat this warm, quickly reheat in a microwave on high heat.
Make it just like that to give a little treat to yourself or make it for a special occasion….I bet you will love it!
Other Dessert recipes: Qubani ka Meetha, Dates Candy, Red Velvet cake,
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- Food Processor with a grating blade
- Measuring Cup
- 4 cups Grated Beetroot
- 4 cups Milk Whole or 2% or fat free
- 1/2 cup Sugar Adjust it to your taste. I used raw sugar but you can use refined sugar or sweetner of your choice
- 4 tbsp 'Ghee' clarified butter. You can use butter or oil of your choice
- 1/2 tsp cardamon seeds powdered
- 2 tbsp cashews unsalted roughly ground or slivered
- 2 tbsp almonds unsalted roughly ground or slivered
- 2 tbsp Pistachios unsalted roughly ground or slivered
- 2 tbsp raisins
- Scrub and wash beetroots with water to remove any dirt off their skin.
- Grate them. I used a food processor with grating blade. It's much faster and less mess. But you can always use a regular hand grater as well.
- In a thick bottomed pan or pot add and mix grated beetroot and milk.
- On a medium flame bring this mixture to a boil and let it simmer.
- Beets will cook in milk and the milk will start to reduce and evaporate.
- Keep stirring in between.
- When milk is 80% reduced, add sugar and 'ghee' and combine it well.
- Continue to cook until the milk has mostly evapourated. Keep stirring in between.
- Switch off the heat and add cardamom powder, nuts and raisins.
- Serve hot or refrigerate and serve cold. It tastes great either ways! Enjoy.