Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi in Hindi) in itself is a very sweet and nutritious vegetable; it is used in many diets, and also consumed in various forms by Indians during fasts. Its winter time folks and this is the time to indulge, eat and rejoice in the festive spirit. Strictly getting into the spirit 🙂 I prepared the Sweet Potato Halwa last night as my dessert. Actually I would like to put the onus on my hubby as he made me to think of Halwa when he asked me to boil some sweet potato for him 🙂
Sweet potato pudding/halwa is a very easy, quick and simple recipe. Like I stated above, Sweet potato is a very beneficial vegetable as it is one of the highest calorie starch foods. However it contains no saturated fats or cholesterol, and is also a good source of dietary fibre, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, Vitamin C. It provides a good amount of vital minerals such as Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, and Potassium which are very essential for enzyme, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism. Additionally it has carcinogenic, and great anti-inflammatory properties too.
So, let’s get into the spirit and make some Sweet Potato Halwa!
The ingredients for making Sweet Potato Halwa are :
1. Sweet Potato : 1 big or 1 cup packed boiled
2. Clarified butter (Ghee) : 2 Tbsp
3. Sugar : 2 Tbsp
4. Milk : 1/2 cup (warm)
5. Cardamom : 2 (powdered)
6. Saffron : 5-6 strands
7. Pistachios : 5-6 (chopped)
8. Cashew nuts : 10 (cut into halves)
Wash the sweet potato and steam it or, cook in the pressure cooker. Peel the sweet potato, mash it and keep it aside.
Soak the saffron strands in warm milk in a bowl.
Heat clarified butter (ghee) in a pan on medium flame; add cashew nuts and fry them till they become light brown in colour. Take the cashew nuts out, place them in a bowl and keep it aside.
Now add the mashed sweet potato in the same pan and sauté it for 4-5 minutes or till it comes together and leaves the sides of the pan. Then add sugar and sauté for a minute.
Now add milk, stir it well and let it come to boil. Stir continuously and cook it for 3-4 minutes or till the halwa comes together and leaves the sides of the pan. Make sure that Halwa is not completely dry; it must be a little moist.
Now add saffron, and mix well. Then add cardamom powder, cashew nuts and again mix well. Switch off the flame. Your Sweet Potato Halwa is ready to be served !
You can garnish the Halwa with pistachios and cashew nuts. Enjoy your winter with this healthy dessert.
Insider Tips / Finer Points :
- The quantity of sugar will depend on the sweetness of the sweet potato. Hence please adjust sugar accordingly.
- You may add a pinch of nutmeg for flavour.