Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Beet and Apple Halwa

An Indian dessert that is rich, healthy and decadent

Finally!! I am back to doing what I love doing most. Boy!! Did I miss this this virtual kitchen of mine or what?? It is not an exageration when I say that I am experiencing an adernaline rush as I am updating this space.

An Indian dessert that is rich, healthy and decadent

An Indian dessert that is rich, healthy and decadent

The past few months have been extremely busy, unpredictable and full of surprises. In these past few months, we experienced a family wedding, we brought home a pup (who is now a grown dog) and we changed houses. All of these happened in such quick succession, that I did not have the time to register any of these. 

An Indian dessert that is rich, healthy and decadent

Even though, It has been four months since we changed houses, I cannot say that I have settled completely. I am still settling and I am still in the process of decorating the house. After all this time, I can say that my home is slowly coming into shape. So now you know what kept me away from my blog for such a long time.

An Indian dessert that is rich, healthy and decadent

Now that I am back in action, I want to start my blog on a sweet note. Therefore, I want to treat you all with this rich and indulgent beetroot and apple halwa.

An Indian dessert that is rich, healthy and decadent

Halwa is nothing but a sweet confection that is made with fruits, vegetables, lentils, flours, or grains. There is never a hard and fast rule to make a halwa. It can be made in a hundred differnet ways and still taste delicious each time.

An Indian dessert that is rich, healthy and decadent

I had tasted the Apple and beetroot halwa at a friend's place many moons ago and I had instantly fallen with it. I had been meaning to post it since then but never got around making it. I finally made it a few weeks back and it was an instant hit with both S and Purvi.

An Indian dessert that is rich, healthy and decadent

Since Beets and Apples, which are the key ingredients of the dessert are both sweet, this confection does not require a lot of sugar. So this dessert great for the calorie concsious as well.

As I mentioned before, this halwa can be made in a number of ways. This recipe is more of a template. So feel free to tweak and adjust the recipe to suit your tastes and preferences. So go ahead and make your own and see how it turns out. So let's get to the recipe shall we??

An Indian dessert that is rich, healthy and decadent

Beet and Apple Halwa recipe:
Preparation time:30min
Cooking time: 75min
Serves- 6

Ingredients:
Ghee or clarified butter- 6tbspns+1tbspn
Cashewnuts- 3tbspn
Raisins- 2tbspn
Beetroot-3numbers or 525gms, peeled and grated
Apples-2medium or 325gms, grated
Salt- a pinch
whole milk-500ml
Almond meal- 1tbspn (optional)
Sugar-9tbspn or to taste
Milk powder or unsweetened khova-20gms
Cardamom powder- 1/2tspn
Pistachios to garnish- 1tbsp (optional)

Method:
  • Heat a table spoon of ghee in a thick bottomed pan and add the cashew nuts and fry till pale brown. Add the raisins and fry till they swell up.
  • Remove the fried cashews and raisins from the pan and set aside. Add the grated beetroot and apple to the same pan. Add salt and fry for a 5-10min or till the moisture is absorbed.
  • Add the whole milk and cook covered on low heat. Keep stirring the mixture from time to time.  Cook the mixture for 20-25min or till the moisture is evaporated and the mixture is almost dry.
  • Add the Sugar and almond meal and mix till the sugar is dissolved.
  • Stir in the remaining ghee and cook the mixture on medium heat for another 15-20min. At this point the ghee will separate from the beetroot mixture and will turn dark pink and glisten.
  • Add the milk powder and cardamom powder, fried cashew and raisins, mix well and take off the heat.
  • Garnish with pistachios and serve warm.
  • Heat a table spoon of ghee in a thick bottomed pan and add the cashew nuts and fry till pale brown. Add the raisins and fry till they sell up.
  • Remove the fried cashews and raisins from the pan and set aside. Add the grated beetroot and apple to the same pan. Add salt and fry for a 5-10min or till the moisture is absorbed.
  • Add the whole milk and cook covered on low heat. Keep stirring the mixture from time to time.  Cook the mixture for 20-25min or till the moisture is evaporated and the mixture is almost dry.
  • Add the Sugar and almond meal and mix till the sugar is dissolved.
  • Stir in the remaining ghee and cook the mixture on medium heat for another 15-20min. At this point the ghee will separate from the beetroot mixture and will turn dark pink and glisten.
  • Add the milk powder and cardamom powder, fried cashew and raisins, mix well and take off the heat.
  • Garnish with pistachios and serve warm.
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Beet and Apple Halwa recipe:
Preparation time:30min
Cooking time: 75min
Serves- 6

Ingredients:
Ghee or clarified butter- 6tbspns+1tbspn
Cashewnuts- 3tbspn
Raisins- 2tbspn
Beetroot- 3numbers or 525gms, peeled and grated
Apples- 2medium or 325gms, grated
Salt- a pinch
whole milk-500ml
Almond meal- 1tbspn (optional)
Sugar- 9tbspn or to taste
Milk powder- 20gms
Cardamom powder- 1/2tspn
Pistachios to garnish- 1tbsp (optional)

Method:




Monday, March 11, 2019

Rice Krispie Bhel


Behl- Puri- Indian-Fast-food

It's been almost two years since I have logged into this virtual kitchen of mine!! YES!!! It's been that long and I am alive!! 

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Behl- Puri- Indian-Fast-food
So let me start off by saying a big Hello to all the lovely readers of Paaka-Shaale. It's been almost two years since this blog has seen any posts. So much has happened in the last two years that I really don't know where to start. First, there was this unexpected move to Bangalore. Which turned our world upside down to say the least. Along with this move came a series of challenges. One of them being Purvi's school. It was such a major challenge for us, that she had to change the school twice in one year. There were also issues with our cargo. At one point of time, I felt like my stuff was scattered all over the globe. All of this sort of left me feeling like a nomad. Even after all these days, if someone asks me if I am settled, I am not sure what to answer them. With all this happening, blogging invariably took a back seat and this virtual kitchen of mine got neglected. So neglected, that I even thought of shutting down the blog.

Behl- Puri- Indian-Fast-food


However, thanks to my family and some friends who kept bombarding me with talks of "wasted talent" and "opportunities". I pulled myself together and decided to breath a new life into this virtual kitchen of mine. So thanking the almighty and my family for everything, I am here today to share a simple yet fantastic recipe for rice krispie bhel.


As you all know Bhel Puri is a chaat and savory snack that is traditionally made with puffed rice, vegetables, sev, chutneys and peanuts. In this case however, I have replaced the puffed rice with the rice krispie cereal. The rice krispie is a breakfast cereal that snaps, crackles and pops. Unlike the puffed rice, this cereal doesn't turn soggy very fast and I believe that they retain the crunch a few minutes longer. I would also like to warn you that this version of bhel is a tad bit more addictive than the one with puffed rice. I believe that there is 99.9% chance that you will start eating from the ladle itself. But Jokes apart, lets proceed to the recipe. Shall we?? 

Behl- Puri- Indian-Fast-food

Rice Krispie Bhel recipe:
Preparation time: 20min
Cooking time: 10mins
Serves- 4

Ingredients:
Rice Krispie- 2 cups or 240ml, lightly roasted
Flat papdi- 8-10
Red Onion- 1medium sized, finely chopped
Potato- 1 medium sized, boiled, peeled and cubed
Tomato- 1 large, deseeded and finely chopped
Roasted peanuts- 1/4cup
Green mango- 1-1/2tbspn- finely grated.
Black salt or Kaala namak- 1/2tspn or to taste
Red chili powder- 1tspn
Chaat masala- 1/2tspn
Date and Tamarind chutney- 2-3tbspn
Greeen chutney- 1tbspn
Nylon sev- 1/3 cup
Coriander leaves- 2tbspn
Lemon Juice- 1tspn

Behl- Puri- Indian-Fast-food

Method:
  • In a large bowl, combine the roasted, rice crispies along with the chopped onion, boiled onion, tomato, boiled potatoes, peanuts and grated mango and mix well.
  • Add the date tamarind chutney, green chutney, Black salt, red chili powder, and chaat masala and mix.
  • Top the mixture with Nylon sev and crushed papdi and toss. Garnish with coriander leaves and lemon juice and serve immediately.

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