Beetroot Rava Kesari/Beets & Semolina Pudding/Beetroot and Sooji Halwa

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Friday, August 18, 2017

Beetroot is my favorite vegetable, i would say a versatile vegetable. A sweet veggie, that can be cooked into a spicy curry, savory smoothie, spongy cake and a lip-smacking dessert. But i know quite a few, who hate this veggie for it sweet and earthy taste.
For those who think the veggie is too sweet, must try this beets lassi or Beets raita they would definitely be surprised by the striking savory taste of the drink. Trust me when i say this, as i have experimented with my friends.  Even my little one loves the raita, and doesn't mind that pink color.
If you like a spicy condiment then Beets thogayal/chutney is your best bet. There are innumerable ways to sneak in nutritious beets in your daily diet. This kesari/semolina pudding/sooji ka halwa is another delicious treat that is regular in our home. 
I have made it (almost)vegan and used the beets cooked water for making the kesari, you can also use milk and make it more rich. The ratio to Sooji, sugar and liquid for making the kesari is 1:2:3. But since beets are bit sweet, i have reduced the sugar to 3/4 cup here. It was a perfect taste for us.  
A quick to make dessert for pooja days or for as a dessert for a party, serve it warm with some cream on top to make it look more classy and rich. 
1/2 cup sooji/semolina
1/2 a beetroot (100 grams), cut into big chunks
3/4 cup of sugar
3 nos cardamom pods
1.5 cups of water
2 tbsp ghee/vegan alternative
3 tbsp broken cashewnuts, roasted
1 tbsp raisin, roasted
  • Peel the beetroot, wash and add 1 cup of water to it. Take it in a microwave-safe bowl and cook it at high for 8 minutes.  Take it out of the microwave, drain the excess water, do not throwaway the water, we will make kesari using that water. 
  • Let the cooked beets cool completely. Take them in a mixer, add cardamom pods and 2 tbsp beets cooked water and grind it to a fine paste. Keep aside until use.
  • In a wide pan, dry roast the semolina/sooji for a minute or until it turns golden brown. Even if you are using roasted semolina, do not miss this step.
  • Remove the roasted semolina/sooji onto a separate plate. Heat the same pan, add a tbsp of ghee or any other vegan alternative. 
  • When it melts, add the beets puree to it and saute it for a minute in a simmer flame. Now add 1.5 cups of water to this. Use the beets cooked water and add extra , if you need. 
  • I got 3/4 cup of beets cooked water, so added another 3/4 cup of plain water. Let this beets and water mixture start to boil. 
  • When it begins to boil, add the roasted semolina to it and using a whisk combine well. You need to whisk well, or else you might get lumps. So use some muscle power and whisk well. 
  • As you whisk, sooji will absorb all the water and cook well. Keep the flame simmer, while it cooks. 
  • Next add sugar to this. When you add sugar, the mixture might liquefy, do not panic, it will be absorbed into to kesari.
  • Once the sugar gets absorbed, add another 1 tbsp of ghee to the kesari, let it be on the stove for another 2-3 minutes, stir frequently and keep the flame simmer.
  • Once done, remove from heat, In anoteher small pan, add oil/ghee and roast cashew-nuts and raisins, add them to the kesari. you can press the kesari on to a square pan, slice them into squares and serve warm.
Sending this vadai to Kids Delight - Hide & Seek with veggies, happening in my space, an event hosted by +srivalli jetti 

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  1. Love the colorful sheera and the way you have presented it. You have so many interesting beetroot recipes! I know where to come to look for recipes next time I buy beetroot.

  2. What a lovely color beet root has given to rava kesari.

  3. I love beetroot and your Kesari with beet looks so delicious. Lovely idea.

  4. Beet root gives a beautiful color to any dish..and I am drooling over this ghee loaded halwa..looks so tempting.

  5. I love beets in sweets especially halwa. This kesari also sounds perfect. And love your presentation..

  6. I am a beet lover too. This is a lip smacking way to have more beets. Awesome!

  7. This is one super tasty way to make the kids eat beets which they ignore otherwise. Love your fork :)

  8. what a healthy sweet - looks so good

  9. That is one delicious looking Kesari. Beetroots are my fav too, btw. Love the earthy taste of the vegetable. PS - love that cute fork!

  10. Lovely and natural color from the beets! Sheera looks yummy:)

  11. HI Priya,
    not everyone likes beetroot. but yes, my family loves beetroot in salad, rice or just steam and sprinkle some salt and pepper. I make halva some times the same way we make gajar ka halva. your kesari with beet beats the normal kesari. thank you for the twist.

  12. I would never have thought to add beetroot to rava and make this pudding, I love the colour the beets have given this dish.

  13. What an amazing way to incorporate beets in your food. I am eyeing your Chutney made with beets since I am more of a savory person. Love this recipe as well!

  14. One awesome way to include beets for kids.. Will try this soon!!

  15. Such a soft and delicate texture sheera you have. Beets in kesrai is so new to me and this is such a tempting recipe.

  16. Lovely and healthy twist to the sheera. I like beet, healthy food.

  17. Love this tricks sheera. It looks very tempting.. loved the recipe

  18. what a healthier twist to rawa kesari. loved the recipe!

  19. Adding beats in the kesari is a nice idea and I love that color.

  20. Totally healthy and yummy dish..I too had similar recipe where I have used little beet just for the color..but this is awesome


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