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Beetroot Burfi

beetroot halwa burfi
Once a week, whenever I have some extra time, I utilize it to prepare a dessert.  I prefer fruit based or vegetable based sweets as they are more healthier than a cake or an ice cream.  
We all have heard of the famous Bollywood dessert Gajar (Carrot) Halwa. Today, I made Beet Halwa the same way I cook Gajar Halwa.  Beetroot (Beta vulgaris), a root vegetable is also known as table beet, garden beet, red beet, beet or chukandar in Hindi.

Ingredients:
Grated Beetroot/Chukandar - 2 cups
Milk - 3 cups
Sugar - about 2 tbsp
Ghee/Clarified Butter - 2 tbsp
Green Cardamom/Elaichi - 2 pods
Cashews, Pistachios - 3 each

How to make Beetroot Halwa:
  • Peel the beetroot skin and grate it.  Crush the cardamom seeds to a fine powder in a mortar pestle.  I prefer freshly ground cardamom as it is more aromatic.  You can use nutmeg/jaiphal or vanilla extract if you like.
beetroot or chukandar
  • Heat ghee in a thick bottom pan.  Add beetroot and saute for about 5 minutes at low flame. 
  • Now add milk to the sauteed beets and cook it until milk evaporates.  Milk adds a nice creaminess and also softens the beets.  You can add more milk if you like or use condensed milk to save some time.
  • Lastly, add sugar and cardamom.  Continue cooking until sugar dissolves and you get the desired consistency.  For Burfi, make sure you cook until all the moisture is lost.  Beetroots are a good source of natural sugars, add more or less sugar to suit your taste.  
  • Garnish with whole or chopped nuts and serve hot or chilled.  If you like Burfi, grease a plate with few drops of ghee and spread the Beet Halwa while its hot.  Refrigerate for an hour or two and cut it into squares.  Store the leftover Halwa in a refrigerator. 

14 comments:

  1. I am the first to comment on your blog uma..
    Aperfect recipe is halwa with beet root..very colourful..

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  2. beetroot halwa looks sooooo yummy ,nice color , creamy texture ....nice click too

    Satya
    http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

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  3. my fav veg, super healthy, yum yum halwa

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  4. My favourite halwa, just love it..

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  5. Wow! That is really mouthwatering, i can eat this halwa all day.

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  6. Uma,
    loveeeee sweets..am drooling here!!

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  7. What a lovely color!!! I just love this...

    Deepa

    Hamaree Rasoi

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  8. My favorite.looks yum,nice click dear.

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  9. hmmmmm very interesting ... never heard before. Bet it taste gr8 ... I need to experiment too :)

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  10. now i got it the sheera.. really delicious one da very healthy.i like the color..wow

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  11. Uma i have heard a lot abt this but never gave a try m sure it tastes gr8 :)

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  12. one of my favorite halwa...looks too good.

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