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Beetroot Kesari

 Beetroot Kesari

Today's recipe is beetroot halwa. It is special day as my blog baby has turned two.I can't believe that it is two years,but I am happy and so glad to be here and have made lot of good friends.I had this sweet recipe and having decided to post it as blog anniversary special,I just looked back to day one and my first post.What a coincidence! my first blog post was beetroot halwa :)
So you might have guessed how much I love this veggie. I adore its color,sweetness and earthy flavor. Add this to any dish it will give it a new look and in dessert a unique taste and aroma. I love beetroot halwa and rava kesari and this recipe is a blend of the two. Try this,you will surely love it.

Beetroot grated- 1 cup
Rava or Sooji- 1 cup
Sugar-2 cup
Water- 1 1/2 cups
Ghee- 1/2 cup
Rose essence- a few drops
Cashew nuts a few

Peel the outer skin and grate beetroot finely and keep aside.
In a heavy bottom pan heat two tsp of ghee and fry cashews and keep aside.
Roast rava till it starts changing color to golden and when a nice aroma comes. Keep this aside.
Add two tsp of ghee in the pan add grated beetroot and saute for about four to five minutes till the beetroot gets cooked and its raw flavor disappears. 
Bring water to boil and add into the fried beetroot. Allow this to come to a boil.Now add rava/sooji spreading out evenly. Mix well to avoid lumps and close lid just for a minute so that the rava gets cooked.Remove lid and  continuously stir till water evaporates and add sugar ,cardamon powder and the rest of the ghee. The mixture at this stage will become watery. Continue mixing and stir till it the mixture thickens and leaves the sides of the pan like a halwa .Garnish with cashew nuts and sprinkle rose essence on top.Grease plate with ghee and spread the mixture and let it get set and cool down and cut into desired shapes.

Happy Easter to all my friends and readers.

Try this
Hope you will all enjoy


  1. Wonderful Presentation Suja. Mouthwatering.

  2. Congrats on your second blog-anniversary!! Great dessert to celebrate it.. Looks so delicious..Love the presentation..

  3. Congrats Suja, happy birthday to kitchen corner..Wat a vibrant,catchy and beautiful kesari,very prefect sweet to celebrate this milestone dear..

  4. Mouthwatering presentation dear! Kesari looks so delicious.

  5. mouthwatering n wonderful dish n Congrats!!

  6. what a lovely colour..can i have a piece of that

  7. Everyone has been telling me to cook with beets because they swear by it, that it`s so good. But I haven`t yet!
    This looks so good, I think I`m convinced. I will try it out.

  8. I love it, can't wait to make them soon I love experimenting with flavours

  9. Congratulations suja! Wishing you many more years to celebrate! Beetroot kesari is splendid looking. Color is so pretty.

  10. wow.. couldn't make anything better than this with beetroot... and happy blog birthday:)

  11. Thats an interesting twist.. i love the color & the way its been cut to cubes.. super cute :)

    Ongoing Event : WTML

  12. congrats dear..wishing many more blogging ..awesome treat for eyes and taste buds..colorfull and sweety

  13. Hearty congratulations.Colourful sweet.loving it.

  14. Congrats on ur blog anniversary dear... Lovely colorful kesari. never tried this

  15. Congratulations on the second anniversary!
    wonderful looks delicious

  16. Congrats. love these kesari...absolutely gorgeous colour.

  17. Unique and interesting dessert !!!! Congrats suja keep rocking !!!

  18. New one! And congrats on the second blogniversary.

  19. healthy n yummy !!awesum colour..loved it,

  20. Hi Suja, Congrats on your 2nd Blog Anniversary & A Very Happy Birthday to Kitchen Corner.Your Beetroot Kesari is looking GORGEOUS!!! Just today I was thinking of trying out something unusual with beetroot & your post is motivating & encouraging me to try it out. Will let you know when I try out a recipe with beetroot. Thanks once again for this lovely recipe. Wishing you many successful years of blogging... :)))

  21. SUja Congrats!!! On your second blog anniversary. Beetroot kesari looks delicious, have heard of fruit kesari. Never tried with veggies. Perfect!!!

  22. Congrats on the blog anniversary Suja,yummy kesari.Happy Easter to you too.

  23. Congratulations on your 2nd blogiversary! What a gorgeous cake!

  24. Congrats dear,interesting recipe with a twist...looks so colorful and gorgeous.

  25. Hu suja, just to say thank you for your sweet comments on my post “sago dessert” at sobha’s last week.
    Your beetroot looks so delicious and pretty.-.classy as well. I already bookmarked with thanks.
    Oh ya, your blog also look very classy with the “suppresed gold” color font on black background.
    I don’t have this color in my template, on ly gold, which is not nice. Have a nice day dear

  26. congrats suja, loveyn attractive kesari....yummy

  27. hearty congrats and a delectable way of enjoying your milestone

  28. i am a bowled out with this...really gr8 recipe

  29. Never heard about it but looks really good :)

  30. great colour and beautiful kesari..i have no doubt, it taste fantastic. happy blog anniversary Suja..great job!

  31. Hearty Congrats on your second blog anniversary ... it is indeed a beautiful moment. The beetroot halwa looks tempting , perfect for the occasion, thank you for your lovely comments on my blog

    Super Yummy Recipes

  32. Congrats on your blog anniversary n wishing many more years of blogging,Suja!!Keep up the good work and beet root kesari is innovative n nice color too :-)

    Erivum Puliyum

  33. Never tried kesari in beetroot ,sounds interesting

  34. very delicious & tempting
    congrats on your milestone..;)
    Tasty Appetite

  35. Beetroot halwa sounds delicious..colourful and yummy!

  36. Beet and looks tempting and that gorgeous color....

  37. Delicious, done so perfectly..

  38. Oh's a sweet way to make kesari out of this cute veggie! Looks absolutely gorgeous and delicious.

  39. awesome!!!looks so good and tempting..never thought of adding beetroot in kesari..very innovative..

  40. never tasted beet burfi - fallen in love with the color almost looks like red velvet cake :) wld love to taste one

  41. This looks awesome Suja..bookmarked,Thanks for sharing...

  42. Now this is something I'm making next week itself. I saw a similar recipe in Vanitha and now I really want to try it out. Belated Easter wishes and HAPPY VISHU!!

  43. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet comments:)


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