Beetroot Halwa (Vegan Fudge)

This Ayurvedic healthy fudge is quick & easy to prepare, using beets. This will easily melt in your mouth and has lots of healing benefits.

Beetroots, commonly known as beets, are a popular root vegetable used in many cuisines around the world.

Beets are packed with essential vitamins, minerals and plant compounds, some of which have medicinal properties.

What’s more, they are delicious and easy to add to your diet.

Beets are naturally sweet and Kapha provoking. Sugar beets, a cultivated variety of the beet we normally find in our grocery store, accounts for half of the world’s refined sugar production.

Raw beets provoke Pitta but cooked beets are Pitta pacifying. Cooked beets transform the starches into sweeter sugars that are cooling. Beets cleanse and cool the blood, nourish the liver, and improve the eyesight. Beets are good for anemia. Beet juice increases stamina and was used as an aphrodisiac in Roman times.

Beets are high in flavonoids, known as ‘nature’s biological response modifiers’. Generally, bioflavonoids show anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-cancer activity. The body tries to get rid of bio-flavonoids soon after they are eaten. To eliminate them the body activates phase II enzymes that also help eliminate mutagens and carcinogens.

Beets are rich in silicone and folic acid, therefore they can be beneficial to the female reproductive system.

Very good for Vata in small amounts; Pitta and Kapha can have in moderation.

Healing properties: Strengthens the heart, improves circulation, purifies the blood, benefits the liver, promotes menstruation. Can also be used with carrots for hormone regulation during menopause (best in the form of juice for better absorption)

Beets are also great for helping with constipation and treating haemorrhoids. Treats nervousness and congestion of the vascular system.

BEETROOT HALWA

Ingredients Quantity

  • Beetroot – 2 ( 300 gm)
  • Ghee – 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Milk – 300 ml
  • Sugar – 1/2 cup (100 gm)
  • Cashew nuts – 10 to 12 (finely chopped)
  • Almonds – 8 to 10 (finely chopped)
  • Raisins – 1 table spoon
  • Cardamom – as per taste

Method of preparation

Pour 2 table spoons ghee in a pan, as it melts, add washed, peeled and grated beetroot to it. Stir and roast on medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, then add milk, cook it on low or medium flame until it becomes dense. Now add sugar and cook till liquid content gets evaporated. Add chopped and roasted dry fruits such as cashews and almonds.

Health Benefits

Packed with essential nutrients, beetroots are a great source of fiber, folate (vitamin B9), manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. Beetroots have been associated with numerous health benefits, including improved blood flow, lower blood pressure, and increased exercise performance. It is useful in case of constipation and anemia.

Contra Indications

Diabetes mellitus due to presence of sugar.