Beetroot Halwa | Glossy, Buttery, Divine


After years of low rainfall and water restrictions, we are having regular rains this year. You have no idea how delicious it is to smell the rain each morning and snuggle up in a warm bed as it rains outside. I never thought that I would enjoy rain so much.

It has been a quiet year in some respects, but busy and productive in others. While some around me are ruing the difficult economic times, and others are really feeling the pinch, I have been loving the more relaxed working style that you can adopt when there is much less pressure.

When work and its demands are not consuming all of my mental bandwidth , I find more time for refection, for health, for growth, for doing those things that I love. So it has been a great year, even if the bank balance is not as happy as in previous years.

One of the things that I have been doing lately and loving is having a real focus on walking 10,000 steps per day. This means that I am often to be seen in the evenings, striding out a fast 4,000 or so steps to make my total for the day. I am loving it because I feel much better for it, and am finding parts of my city that I never knew existed.

Today, in celebration of Sunday, I made a wonderfully vibrant Beetroot Halva. Easy and delicious, but don’t wear white or your Sunday best clothes while making it.  The beetroot needs to be grated – I used my mandoline which made it very easy. The recipe uses one very large beetroot or 2 or 3 smaller ones to make 2 cups of grated beetroot.

The recipe comes from the wonderful Cookery Corner, and I played with it a little. Halwas are very sweet, so they are meant to be eaten in small servings. This one would be good on its own or with some cream or plain icecream. Also, it would be fabulous on thick Turkish toast, or stirred through a plate of porridge.

Beetroot Halwa

Beetroot Halwa

Source : inspired by Cookery Corner
Cuisine: Indian
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 45 mins
Serves: 2-3 people, depending how you use it

2 cups grated beetroot (peel the beetroot before grating)
2 Tblspn ghee
2 cups milk
2/3 cup of jaggery (grate the jaggery if using a block )
1 – 2 tspn cardamom powder (depending on taste)
8 unsalted cashews


Using 1 Tblspn of ghee, sauté the grated beetroot until it softens and absorbs the ghee. This takes around 6 or 7 minutes.

Add the milk, stir and cook for around 30 minutes until the milk has  mostly evaporated. Stir occasionally. The mixture will still be quite moist but without a lot of liquid left.

While it is cooking, melt a little of the ghee in a pan and sauté the nuts until golden but not burnt.

Add the sugar and the remaining ghee, and stir until they melt and the halwa thickens slightly. Stir in the cardamom.

Garnish with the cashews. Best served while warm.

Beetroot Halwa


About Ganga108

Heat in the Kitchen, Cooking with Spirit. Temple junkie, temple builder, temple cleaner. Lover of life, people, cultures, travel. Champion of growth, change and awareness. Taker of photos. Passionate about family. Happy.
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57 Responses to Beetroot Halwa | Glossy, Buttery, Divine

  1. prajusha says:

    halwa looks healthy and colorful and this is surely yummy for kids.


  2. Srivalli says:

    wow Ganga..looks like you enjoyed your sunday!..halwa sound great with jaggary!…


  3. Lucy says:

    Yes I want to shout (but never would) at the telly and tell people to use this ‘crisis’ as an opportunity to look at themselves, what they really ‘need’ and grow!

    Oh, Ganga. How I’ve missed you. I love that beetroot swipe up there. The halwa sounds delightful.


    • Ganga says:

      Hi Lucy, I hope all is well with you. Yes, am loving this year.

      I am so loving your photography and watching it change and develop. I keep in touch with KE on Twitter, so hear your name mentioned occassionally! We all miss you there.


  4. Aparna says:

    So good to see you back here with such a vibrantly coloured sweet offering. :)


  5. Lisa says:

    Wonderful to see a post from you! I have been meaning to make this recipe since I first saw it at Cookery Corner.


  6. tbc says:

    It has been a while since I came here…how have you been, G?

    That’s a good looking halwa. :-D


  7. Rinku says:

    Looks absolutely luscious!


  8. Vyoma says:

    Hi Ganga,

    Cannot tell you how useful your recipes are to me. I stumbled upon your site while searching for a recipe for Halwa. Being away from India, I miss the food immensely and the only way to get over it is to cook by yourself. That is what I have been doing everyday. Please keep posting if you can.


  9. maritasays says:

    Have some beetroot at home and pretty much everything else. Hopefully we’ll have some time soon to try this out. It sounds fantastic and looks beautiful.


    • Ganga says:

      Lovely to hear from you! I still eagerly follow your blogs but dont leave so many comments these days. Congratulations, and good luck with all of your new enterprises.


  10. Valerie says:

    We have just come out of a multi-year drought, too. It is so wonderful not to be afraid of fires all the time, to feel the grass swishing and not crackling, to see all the little animals skittering around. And of course to have a living garden to provide delightful ingredients!

    I’ve vowed never to take water for granted again.


  11. Divya says:

    Lovely colour of the halwa..have made the gajar version but never tried making halwa with beets.Looks wonderful:)


  12. chaitra says:

    Yummy,inviting n mouth watering Halwa!!!
    Love the presentation.
    Drop in sometime to my blog.


  13. Shri says:

    A great looking halwa with rich color..It is a real pleasure reading your blog!


  14. it’s a wonderful blog Ganga…will be visiting you often.
    the halwa seems so good with jaggery…i have tried it with sugar….i love jaggery n i’ll try this one for sure…


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  16. Now I understand what you mean by walking alot : ) I admire your determination !!!!


  17. yasmeen says:

    HI Ganga!
    I’m pleased to be featuring your blog for Tried and Tasted.I tried the halwa,it was not as glossy as yours,but I loved it :D


  18. Lakshmi Venkatesh says:

    wow, real beautiful colour. very tempting.


  19. Josh Patel says:

    Thanks for such an amazing site. Just stumbled and submitted your site . Hope you get some great traffic from it.


  20. poornima says:

    Just happened upon your site!What a treat.Sitting here in Melbourne with the wild winds raging outside I am enjoying all your recipes and writing.Thanks.


  21. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmy! pretty pink.


  22. Oh, I’ve never had beetroor halva and I love beetroot. will definitely have to try it.
    I agree with you. Walking is GREAT. I too feel MUCH better when going regularly for a walk!


  23. Kitchen Goddess says:

    Oh so yummy!! So beautiful too. I can almost taste it from here :)

    Your blog is so inspiring.


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  25. Shashi Nayar says:

    I prepared it today. I love the taste of jaggery. It came out exceedingly good, but was a lttle too sweet. Everybody liked.
    Since the beet is sweet, take care when adding jaggery


    Shashi Nayar


  26. Awesome, that’s definitely what I was searching for!


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