Beetroot Halwa | Glossy, Buttery, Divine

A sweet Indian dessert.

Beetroot Halwa

This style of the Indian versions of Halwa are made of fruit or sweet vegetables such as beetroot and carrot, which are cooked down for a long time in ghee and sugar. They are intensely flavoured and delicious.

Halwas are very sweet, so they are meant to be eaten in small servings. This one would be good on its own or, in a Western style, with some cream or plain icecream. Because it is very jam-like, it is also great on thick Turkish toast, or stirred through a plate of porridge.

Are you looking for Halwa recipes? Try our delicious Banana Halwa.

Are you after other Indian Beetroot recipes? Try South Indian Beetroot Soup, Beetroot Fry and Beetroot and Carrot Subzi.

You might like to browse our other dessert recipes, and our other beetroot recipes. All of our Indian recipes are here. Or be inspired by our Early Winter recipes.


Beetroot Halwa

The recipe uses one very large beetroot or 2 or 3 smaller ones to make 2 cups of grated beetroot.

Beetroot Halwa

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.

When it is cooked, add the sugar and the remaining ghee to the halwa, and stir until they melt and the halwa thickens slightly. Stir in the cardamom.

Garnish with the cashews. Best served while warm.

Beetroot Halwa



40 thoughts on “Beetroot Halwa | Glossy, Buttery, Divine”

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

    1. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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…

    1. Hi Sangeeta, I am not sure if jaggery is traditional, but I love its taste and use it for most things instead of white sugar.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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

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