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Beetroot & Carrot Halwa recipe for a healthy winter dessert

Winter is here and it’s time again to savour those yummy desserts made especially with seasonal vegetables! Some of the juiciest vegetables are available in winter and they make amazing ingredients for delish halwas.

Are you drooling over Gajar ka halwa already? Well, we are talking about the super yummy and healthy combination of Carrot and Beetroot halwa.

Kids love anything sweet and this is a great way to have them eat vegetables. They won’t even know the dish contains vegetables like beetroot and bottle gourd which sadly never make it in their stomach in their original form.

Plus, carrots and beetroots are available in plenty these days and are in their best of taste. Combining the two is a healthy and a tasty idea! The recipe is simple and you might want to bookmark it for your next halwa craving!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup grated Beetroot (chukandar)
  • 1 cup grated Carrot (gajar)
  • ½ cup sugar, approx (depends upon vegetable sweetness)
  • ½ cup mawa (thickened milk)
  • 2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)

 

(Serves 2)

 

Method:

Step 1: Place the grated vegetables in a thick bottomed pan, sprinkle some water, cover and steam over medium heat till they reduce in size.

 

Step 2: Add in sugar, cook while sautéing continuously for 5 minutes.

 

Step 3: Add in ghee, mawa and cook further till everything comes together. This step will take approximately 10 minutes of sautéing.

 

Step 4: Once the halwa is ready, remove on a serving dish and garnish with fried nuts. Serve warm.

 

 

Expert tips:

  • Mawa or thickened milk makes this dish rich but if you are conscious of the calories, then replace it with milk powder.
  • If your vegetables are sweet enough, you can reduce the sugar measurement.
  • I often add a third vegetable to this halwa, which is Lauki / Doodhi or Bottle gourd. Grate it and use just like the other vegetables in equal proportion.
  • Halwas are incomplete without nuts; do not forget to garnish them with a generous helping of fried, roasted or plain chopped nuts.
  • If using Bottle gourd / Lauki too then ensure all 3 vegetables together, in grated form, do not exceed more than 2 cups.

 

P.S: A little dollop of ghee, just like the butter dollop on Pavbhaji, elevates the halwa eating experience altogether!

 

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