Come February and countries around the world get ready to celebrate the season of love. Shops get stocked up with greeting cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts packed in heart shaped boxes, bags,etc... I still remember my junior college days when valentine celebration was still catching up in India. Slowly over the years it got popularised amongst the youngsters and how the Archie/Hallmark card shops were thrashed by protesters across Mumbai streets. I am totally unaware of the present situation back in Mumbai, but would assume that the popularity of this day back home must have been multiplied due to the increased use of internet and online shopping.
We, me and hubby [ 'm sure you too] believe that, when we have all 365 days in a year to celebrate and express our love towards near and dear ones, the one day hype or publicity to celebrate this "V"day or Mother's day or Father's day is purely for profit making with respective businesses.
Having said that, I would like to mention that such special days [keeping the consumerism out of it] can be looked upon as an added opportunity to express your feelings for dear ones which you may fail to do so in daily chaos [if it happens more often].
I dedicate today's post "Beetroot Halwa" to thank all my readers who show their love and support, and take this opportunity to celebrate it with them.
Grated beetroot - 3 cups
Milk 1 cup
Sugar 1 1/4 cup
Condensed Milk 100 gm
Khoya crumbled 1/4 cup
Khoya crumbled 1/4 cup
Ghee 3 tbsp
Cardamom powder 1/4 tsp [optional]
Roasted nuts to garnish. [ I have used here badam and pista]
Wash, peel and grate beetroot. Heat 2 tbsp ghee in a heavy bottom pan. Add grated beetroot and stir it on medium flame for 5 mins . Add milk and cook the beetroot. Take care not to burn the base of the pan and keep stirring intermittently Once the beet gets cooked and the milk little less in quantity, add sugar, condensed milk, khoya and keep stirring until all the milk is absorbed and the mixture thickens. Once the mixture starts to leave the sides of the pan add 1 tbsp of ghee, cardamom powder and stir the mixture well. Switch off the flame. Garnish with roasted nuts as per your preference. Yummy beetroot halwa is ready