Last week a potluck party was planned and we decided that all the dishes had to be low fat. I had to make a dessert and that too low fat! Now having a low fat dessert is usually not palatable. Isn't it? Thats what most of my friends would think.  None of my friends who tasted would this Carrot-Beetroot-Apple halwa would believe that this was low-fat. And none of them could guess the ingredients either! But the halwa tray was polished at the end of the party..what else can I say except telling you guys there to try it the low-fat way and indulge!

Feel free to make it with just carrot or just beetroot or add bananas to the mix or whatever combination suits you best. I am sure it would be just as great!

Ingredients - 

Carrots grated 8 cups
Beetroot grated 1 cup
Apple grated 2 cups
*Milk 3 cups + 90 ml(3 oz)
Custard powder 3 Tbsp
Badam /Almond Powder 2 Tbsp
Cardamom Powder 1 tsp
Ghee/Clarified Ghee 2 Tbsp
Cashews a handful and grated coconut (1/2 tsp approx) for Garnish

*I used 3 cups of Skimmed milk and 90 ml of half-half milk -To make it low fat retaining the rich taste! Feel free to use any milk desired (half and half, whole milk, etc)
My little one is trying to grab the plate!

Method Of Preparation - 

Pressure cook the grated carrot, beetroot and apple in 3 cups of milk. My cooker refused to work so I had to use the stove top which made the process that much slower! (Murphy's Law, I had to take this to a potluck party and I was getting late so the cooker had to go on strike!)

In a heated pan add a tsp of ghee and fry the cashews until they are golden brown and keep them aside.

In a heated heavy bottomed kadai/wok, add a Tbsp of ghee and cook the boiled mixture adding the badam powder and cardamom powder and let it boil and come together.

To make the process faster, I added 3 Tbsp of custard powder in 90 ml (3 oz) of half and half milk , made a smooth paste and poured into the halwa mixture.

Let it cook for another 5-10 min and when the halwa comes together as a single mass transfer it into a serving bowl, garnish with fried cashews and grated coconut n serve!

It tastes good either hot or cold!

Yields 6-7 cups serves about 15 
Preparation Time 1 hr
Posted by Harini on Monday, November 1, 2010


  1. aipi Says:
  2. Very interesting combo..looks delicious n rich!
    love the second pic..very very cute:)

    US Masala

  3. Priya Suresh Says:
  4. Such a beautiful and droolworthy halwa, adding custard powder sounds very interesting, love that second pic..

  5. Simple yet catchy presentation of this low fat halwa. Apt for the season...

    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. Pushpa Says:
  7. Cute clicks and delicious halwa...

  8. Shimmering Says:
  9. Doesn't it taste bland? It doesn't have any sugar ?

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