Thursday, March 21, 2013

Beetroot Halwa (Microwave Method)

Beetroot Halwa is a popular Indian dessert. The grated beetroot is cooked in milk with loads of ghee, resulting in a yummy halwa. I made slight variations to my carrot halwa recipe and made this halwa. It tasted very good.

From a very long time I wanted to try beetroot halwa and somehow I was always doubtful regarding its taste. Neither did I get a chance to taste anywhere. Finally I gathered all my courage to try it out and to my surprise it tasted good. I tried to make it in a microwave oven for a change and it worked great. 

  • Beetroot, grated- 3 cups
  • Milk - 3/4 cup
  • Sugar- 2/3 cup (adjust as per your taste)
  • Ghee/ Clarified butter- 3-4 Tbsp (you can add more)
  • Dry fruits, chopped*- of your choice
  • Cardamom Powder- 1/2 tsp
*I used a mixture of cashew nut, pistachios and raisins. You can add any of these or omit it completely.


Wash the beetroots and trim its ends. Then remove its outer skin and then grate it.

Now take a microwave safe bowl (I used a pie dish) and add 1 tsp of ghee (you can as well make in a kadai on stove top). Then add the chopped dry fruits and microwave it until they turn light brown (it took roughly 4 minutes for me). Then transfer them to a small bowl.

Now in the same pan add 2-3 Tbsp of ghee.Then add the grated beetroots. Mix it well and microwave it for 5 minutes on high or until you start getting a nice aroma (stir once, in between to avoid burning).

Then add the milk and give a good mix. 
Then microwave it again on high until all the moisture gets evaporated. It took 7 minutes for me (stir 1-2 times in between so that the mixture doesn't burn).

Then add sugar, remaining 1 Tbsp of ghee and the roasted dry fruits (save some of the roasted dry fruits for garnishing). Mix well and again microwave it on high until all the moisture goes away and a halwa consistency is got (it took a total of 12 minutes for me. For every 3-4 minutes take it out to give it a stir). 

Finally add cardamom powder. Mix well and transfer it to a bowl and garnish it with remaining roasted dry fruits. 
Beetroot Halwa is ready!!

Serve it hot/warm/cold. Above measurement serves 2-3 people.