Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Carrot Beetroot Halwa | Gajar aur Beetroot Halwa

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I am celebrating the 500th post on my 4+ years old site - The Chef and Her Kitchen through a sweet recipe - Beets & Carrot Halwa.
Halwa is a popular Indian dessert which gets featured in any Indian wedding or occasion.There are various varieties of halwas and the most popular among them is Carrot Halwa aka Gajar ka Halwa.Though I do not prepare halwa varieties often but during winters, I do not miss preparing Carrot halwa with the red Delhi carrots which are available only in that particular season. The extra sweetness of the red carrots adds a nice taste and makes the halwa more delicious.This winter season, I paired the red carrots with fresh beetroot and prepared this delicious Beets & Carrot Halwa. Well yes - its been a while since the winter season - its been over 4 months since I prepared it - as  I was preserving this post for the occasion. 
Halwa is usually prepared using Khoya/Mawa but I use Condensed milk to prepare it, as it is difficult to fetch mawa sometimes.The addition of condensed milk does not alter the traditional taste of halwa and also makes the preparation process a bit easy.I prefer to use my small Hawkins pressure cooker to prepare halwa instead of kadai as the process is quite quick.One can follow the same process for preparing various halwa varieties like Carrot halwa, Beetroot Halwa and Lauki(bottle gourd) halwa.Check out my Lauki  ka Halwa recipe which I prepared in a similar way.
Beets - Carrot Halwa | Gajar aur Beetroot ka Halwa Recipe:
(Serves 5-6 generously)

Ingredients:
2 medium Beetroots, peeled and grated
4 large Red or Orange Carrots, peeled and grated
2 cups Full cream Milk
1/2 tin Condensed milk(200ml approx)
1/4 tsp Cardamom Powder
4 tbsp Sugar(add it accordingly)
2 tbsp chopped Cashew nuts
2 tbsp flaked Almonds
2 tbsp flaked Pistachios
2 tbsp Raisins
4 tbsp Ghee

Method: 
  • Heat 2 tbsp ghee in a small pressure cooker and add grated carrots and beetroot to the remaining ghee and fry for 3-4 mins and add milk to it and close the lid and bring it to full pressure on high heat and remove cooker immediately from heat.
  • Release the pressure immediately and open it(or you can cook the grated carrots and beetroots in milk on a stove top which is bit time consuming).
  • Place the cooker on high heat,add sugar and condensed milk and cook until the liquid dries up(approx for 15-20 mins) stirring occasionally.
  • Add 2 tbsp ghee and cardamom powder and cook until the ghee separates from the mixture(this takes approx 10 mins),stirring constantly.
  • Heat ghee in a small pan and fry cashews and raisins and add this to the halwa,add flaked almonds and pistachios and mix everything.
Serve the halwa hot/cold garnished with flaked almonds and pistachios.You can even serve it warm with vanilla ice cream.
Notes:
  1. You can make just beetroot or carrot halwa using the same recipe.You can even prepare bottle gourd(lauki) halwa following the same process.
  2. You can replace condensed milk with 1/3 cup mawa(khoya) and also increase the sugar quantity to 1/2 cup approximately.
  3. I use pressure cooker as it is easy and faster to prepare,you can do the whole process in a thick kadai.You need to be patient as it takes more time to prepare halwa.
  4. I used less ghee in preparing this halwa,you can add little more if you want it really rich.
  5. I used Red carrots(Delhi variety) to prepare this halwa,you can use either red or orange variety of carrots to prepare the same.
This spoonful of halwa is for you all for your constant support which helped me to reach this far milsetone.I must thank all my readers,blogger friends and family for your support.
 

37 comments:

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Halwa looks so delicious and mouthwatering. Excellent preparation.
Deepa

Premas Culinary said...

I too Preserving a halwa post for a special occasion...yummy!

curryworld said...

Hi Prathibha ..
Congrats on ur successful 500th post .. U have a great blog and i was going through ur variety of recipes that too pure veg :) feeling great ... I became ur fan yaar ... ...Keep up the great work... will def try ur recipes and will post ur link in my blog if u dont mind .. take care and keep in touch ..
love
veena

prathibha Garre said...

@veena...thats a very sweet comment from u..thanks and I hope you like my recipes..ofcourse you can link back my recipes dear

Veena Theagarajan said...

congrats Prathibha on this wonderful milestone.. Love the color

Sangeetha Nambi said...

Wow ! Congrats and thanks for ur sweet... Keep rocking !

Hari Chandana P said...

Woww.. Congrats Prathibha.. I'm so happy for you.. Keep rocking :D

JEYASHRI SURESH said...

Congrats prathiba on ur 500th post. Fantastic milestone. Beautiful pictures. Nice post

Rumana Ambrin said...

Halwa looks very delicious...

Sowmya Madhavan said...

Beautiful colour..healthy and delicious too.l

Laxmi said...

yummy.. congrats on ur 500th post..:)

CHITRA said...

Congrats on ur 500th post.Wish u reach more milestones :)Halwa looks delicious :)

Divya Shivaraman said...

love that colour and lovely dessert

Preety said...

Love the color of the halwa..tempting..

Rafeeda AR said...

500th post is no mean acheivement and to celebrate it with a yummy and healthy halwa... congrats and keep going... :)

LG said...

Loved the color of your halwa. Yumm it looks. Congrats on your 500th post.

Akila said...

Congrats dear... Lovely recipe

Priti S said...

Congrats and wish you many more milestones ahead ..halwa looks so tempting with lovely pics

Shruti said...

Congo pratibha! Keep going the gr8 work. All the bst :)

Shanavi said...

Looks delicious Prathy, Congrats on reaching the big 500 n wishing u many more to come

Wer SAHM said...

nice attempt of using both carrot and beetroot together in halwa...clicks are mindblowing...

Vimitha Anand said...

Congrats Prathiba... The halwa looks so colorful and perfect for the occasion

Sona S said...

Congrats, halwa looks so delicious and colorful.

Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj said...

wow its gorgeous look... very yum... great for 500th post... Congrats dear..

Anu Shoj said...

wow awesome...these beautiful clicks are making me hungry and mouth watering.....cute bowl dear....
Anu's Healthy Kitchen - Barley Uttapam / Pancake

Madhavi K said...

Congrats on your 500 th post. Its truly is a mile stone! Wishing you all the best for your future posts!

Priya Suresh said...

Congrats Prathy,500th post that incredible..keep on going.. Wat an eye pleasing halwa,beautifully done.

divya said...

congrats.......Looks yummy n tempting:)n nice clicks.

SARADA DEVI said...

WOW! WHAT A SWEET TASTY TREAT YOU HAVE GIVEN ON THE OCCASION OF 500 TH POST. THANK YOU AND CONGRATS FOR ACHIEVING THE MILE STONE.

dassana said...

congrats for the 500th post, pratibha. wishing you all the best.

Shree said...

Congrats ! I can't stop drooling at that halwa !

Nagashree said...

Congratulations Prathibha, Halwa perfect for celebrations.

Mercy Jacob said...

How long will it stay??

Hema Anil said...

hey Prathiba.. you look so young, how do you manage to cook/learn so many dishes?....hats off girl...trust me i have learnt lots from your website... kudos to you...Happy Deepavali

prathibha Garre said...

@Hema ...Thanks for your complements....Cooking is my passion and so is the reason for a food blog and for various varieties...thanks again...

Ranjani said...

Halwa looks outstanding!

Pamela Takeshige said...

I know you will think this is strange, but can I use canned beets to make this interesting looking treat? I would use fresh carrots but I cannot get fresh beets here in Japan very easily. :-)

I enjoy reading your blog so much! Food you make it look so yummy!

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