Beetroot Almond Rawa Halwa (Chukandar Badam Sooji Halwa)

A simple but tasty twist to the usual Sooji Halwa with lots of ghee.

Ingredients

Beetroot – finely grated ½ cup

Rawa (Sooji) – ¾ cup

Cinnamon – 1 tsp (in powder form, freshly powdered)

Clove (Laung) – 4-5

Sugar – ½ cup

Jaggery (Gur) – ¼ cup

Almond Oil (Roghan Badam Shirin) – 2 tsp

Cardamom – 2 (pounded)

Ghee – 3 tbsp

Dry Fruits – Almonds, Cashew nuts, Raisins (chopped)

Water – 3 cups

 

Method

In a pan heat ghee. Add cloves and cardamom. When they start to crackle add finely grated beetroot. Cook beetroot till it changes its colour. Now add Sooji and cook the mix of Sooji and Beetroot till sooji changes its colour. (This is slightly tricky, so one can cook beetroot and sooji separately, sooji should turn light brown, and then mix them together).

Add water. Add sugar, jaggery and cinnamon and almond oil. Cook till it starts leaving the sides of the pan (takes up Halwa like consistency).

Garnish with dry fruits and serve.

P.S. – One can completely do away with sugar and use only jaggery or vice versa. Sweetness can be adjusted according to the taste. In case almond oil is not available one can use almond essence (almond essence would just give the flavour but would not have the health benefits of almond oil).

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Beetroot Pooris & Crispies

Beetroot Pooris & Crispies

Beetroot mania continues. Red is the colour of the season.

Ingredient

 

Beetroot                                    –           2 medium size

Garlic                                        –           10-15 pods

Ginger                                       –           ½ inch piece

Dal Chini (Cinnamon)                 –           ½ inch stick

Kali Mirch (Black pepper)            –           10-15 pieces

Jeera (Cumin)                            –           1 tsp

Amchoor                                   –           1 ½ tsp

Sugar                                        –           1 tbsp

Sooji                                         –           3 tbsp

Wheat Flour (aata)                     –           Enough to make a dough

Salt                                          –           as per taste

Oil                                            –           for frying

 

Method

Finely grate the beetroot. Coarsely grind the garlic and ginger. Coarsely grind dal chini and kali mirch. Heat oil in a pan, add jeera, when the jeera, add the dry maslas. Add garlic and ginger paste. When the mix starts turning brown, add grated beetroot. Keep on stirring. Add sugar, salt and amchoor. Keep on stirring. The colour of the mix would change and it would start leaving the sides. Take the mixture off the heat. Now coarsely grind this mixture into a paste. Keep aside.

 

For Poories/Paranthas

 

Use ½ of the beet root mixture with wheat flour (aata) and make a dough. This dough would be pinkish in colour. Now heat oil for frying (if making pooris) and make small pooris and fry them. Your red colour pooris are ready. Eat them hot.

 

In place of poori, one can make paranthas also.

 

For Crispies (Similar to Mathris)

 

Use other ½ of the beet root mixture with wheat flour (aata) and sooji. Make a dough. This dough would be pinkish in colour. Roll out the crispies/mathris in the regular round shape (they should be thinner than the pooris), or any fun shape. I used the star shape. Fry them in oil. Serve them with Sonth or Coriander chutney. They are crunchy and can be kept in air tight container for 2-3 days.

 

Beetroot Sooji/Rawa Halwa

A simple twist to the regular sooji halwa for the winters. This one is slightly on a sweeter side with the sugar being almost ¾ in quantity of sooji. You can reduce the sugar as per your liking or opt for gur or jiggery which would give the halwa a caramalised taste.

 

Ingredients

 

Sooji / Rawa – 1 cup

Sesame Seeds (white/nylon) – 2 spoons

Almond essence – 4-5 drops

Sugar- ¾ cup

Cinnamon – 1-2 cm stick

Green Cardamom – 1-2

Beetroot – ¼ cup finely grated

Dry Fruits (like raisins, chopped almonds, chopped cashew nut)

Water – 4-5 cups

Desi Ghee – 2-3 table spoons

 

Method

 

In a mortar pestle roughly ground cardamom and cinnamon. Now in a non stick pan, slightly roast grated beetroot (the colour would darken). Keep aside. In a non stick pan, add ghee. When the ghee becomes hot add the spices. After 2-3 minutes add sooji and roast it till it changes it colour. Now slowly add water to avoid lumps. Add sugar and beetroot. Reduce heat to minimum. Keep stirring. After some time the mixture would become like a paste. Now add sesame seeds and dry fruits and stir for a few minutes more till the halwa leaves the sides of the pan.

 

The halwa is ready to be served.

 

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