144. beetroot halwa
let’s celebrate janamashtami
Today is Janmashtami, Lord Krishna’s birthday. Celebrations will begin at the temples here in the evening with abhishek, kirtan, drama and prasad. I feel bad that I was not able to prepare a lot of dishes to offer to Lord Krishna simply because I did not pre-plan. When Nunu was living in Mombasa,we would plan who would make what and how many offerings there would be. We would make anywhere between 7 to 11 dishes or more. When she left for India, I use to make at least 3 to 5 but this year I have managed only 1. Hopefully next year with a bit of planning I will be able to make more offerings. However as the saying goes, whatever is offered with your heart God accepts. This year I tried out a new recipe and made this simple halwa for offering.
10 TO 12 pieces
2 cups grated beetroot (packed down gently)
¼ cup sugar
1 cup milk
¾ cup milk powder
3 tbsps fresh cream
3 tbsps ghee (clarified butter)
1 tsp cardamom powder
2 to 3 tbsps chopped almonds and pistachios
- Mix the cream into the milk powder. Sieve the mixture to get fine crumbs.Break down the lumps using a spoon.
- Heat 2 tbsps of ghee in a pan over medium heat. I prefer using non stick pan.
- Add the grated beetroot and saute. Let it cook for 5 to 10 minutes over medium heat. Stir occasionally to avoid the mixture from getting burnt.
- Add half a cup of milk and let it cook for a further 5 minutes.
- Add the remaining milk, sugar and milk powder mixture and mix well.
- Keep on stirring and cook till the milk evaporates and the mixture leaves the sides of the pan. The mixture should come together in the middle when you stir.
- Add cardamom powder and mix.
- Add the remaining ghee and mix till the halwa becomes glossy.
- Serve immediately or let it set in a greased tray.
- If serving immediately, add the nuts and mix. If setting it in a tray, sprinkle the nuts on top.
- It will take a few hours to set. I was in a bit of a hurry so I let it set in the fridge.
- Cut into squares.
- Grease your hands and roll into balls if you like.
- If you like extra sweetness, use ½ cup of sugar.
- This halwa remains pretty soft and does not set like a burfi.
- Reduce the amount of ghee for a healthier option.