Thursday, March 01, 2007

Potato Halwa

Potato Halwa
Oh My! How time flies...It seems just yesterday that Vaishali announced the ingredient for this month's JFI and I remember promising myself that I would not miss this event, having missed Coconut and Ginger in a row.. I was still in my own world blissfully thinking about the couple of more days left for the event, when it suddenly dawned on me that Little Miss February had only 28 days! And had I not peeked into Indira's site on 27th, I would have ended up a late comer. :-)

I had to act fast and though the first dish to cross my mind was Potato Puffs, they have already been made and served at many a blog...So, it had to be something special for this special event...And that was how I chose Potato Halwa. I was optimistic of the texture of potatoes and that it would blend well with the rest of the ingredients. My recipe didn't let me down. It came out very well.

Recipe:

Source: Myself

Potato - 6 medium
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Water - 1/4 cup
Broken Cashew Nuts - 3 Tbsp
Evaporated Milk/Milk Powder - 2 Tbsp
Ghee/Clarified Butter - About 7 Tbsp
Cardamom Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
A pinch of color

Soak cashewnuts in warm water for 5 minutes and grind to a smooth paste.

Peel and grate the potatoes. Keep them immersed in water all the while, to prevent them from turning black. Rinse the gratings 5 to 6 times to remove the starch and set aside. In a saucepan, add 4 to 5 cups of water and boil the gratings till soft. Drain and keep aside.

In another saucepan or in the same, boil sugar and water to one string consistency. Add the boiled potato, color, ground cashewnuts and milk powder and two tablespoons ghee. Keep stirring and cook till the mixture comes together as a mass. Add the rest of the ghee and stir. Keep stiring till the halwa starts leaving out ghee. Take it off heat. It can be transferred to a dish to be moulded or can be served as such.

Addendum: Check out another version of Potato Halwa at Anisha's blog!

34 comments:

nalini said...

Wow, never heard of this halwa before. Looks delicious. Thanks,
Nalini

Latha said...

its time u posted something lady
:-)
I keep looking for more recipes from u so i can drool over u're pictures! Your potato halwa looks groovy. I would have never thought of something like this!
Cheers
Latha

swapna said...

WOW chandrika
what a great recipe dear!!!!!this is going right away to my try out list<>>thanks for sharing it..:-))

bee (jugalbandi.info) said...

gorgeous. i can imagine that it tastes gorgeous as well.

Linda said...

Hi Chandrika, I set out to go through all the blogs I've been missing - beginning with the A's. I clicked on "AkshayaPatra" and while it loaded, walked to the other room for a coffee... when I came back your halwa was staring at me large as life and all I could say was "Oh, WOW". Out loud :) Thanks for sharing this unique recipe and stunning photo!

Trupti said...

This is very unique, what a creative mind! A perfect entry.

cheers,trupti

Menu Today said...

Hi Chandrika,
Great Presentation!! After seeing your halwa I wanted to try. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe.

Sandeepa said...

Beautiful colour !!! I saw the Potato Halwa at A's blog and was surprised and now you have it too.
Looks so so good

Asha said...

What a gorgeous color,hard to believe it's made of good old potato, Chandrika!! Good job girl.

A Yunus said...

Chandrika.,

Yours i tempting like the Tirunelveli halwa. Hmm..if set a competition, surely yours will win!! Thanks a lot mam, for mentioning mine too!!

Priya said...

Halwa !! WOW...that looks really good. I have never heard of potato halwa but I am surely going to try it.

Prema Sundar said...

Iam new to potato halwa and looking at the picture ...I do not know what to say.. They look SOOOOOOOOOOO nice.As of tthe photo it sure would have tasted wonderful

Seema said...

Chandrika, Oh my god just can't believe that it is made from potato. Love the color. Very creative gal!!!

Maheswari said...

wow..a long wait didn't go waste..looks...just a big WOW..no words to explain...thnaks for sharing

HAREKRISHNAJI said...

This is something new to me. Badam Halwa, Wheat Halva, KArachi Halwa yes, But Potato Halwa ? Interesting. One of the Best Recipe for JFI

Lera said...

Haven't tasted one before.chandrika your halwa looks yummmmmilicious.Love your pictures, they are so vibrant as always.

indosungod said...

Chandrika, that flaky potato halwa looks delicious. I have never tasted potato halwa before and yours make me think I should not delay any longer.

sra said...

Great photo! I like the layered-ness of it! Never tasted potato halwa before though I've heard of it.

Anonymous said...

Hey Chandrika,

I love your posts..beautiful. I have heard of potato halwa...my mom made it for a swamiji who absolutely needed it.. but my mom said it's really good but it needs tooooooo much ghee..I'll try yours with less fat..lovely picture.

Anu

Vidhya Rajesh said...

WOW! a sweet dish with potato ? I have never heard of it. I definitely am going to try this out! The photo looks deli-cious!

Sanjana said...

hello Chnadrika
The potato halwa looks very divine. Loved the color of this halwa. Thanks for sharing this recipe here.
i would like to share another version of potato halwa:
http://www.indusladies.com/forums/4078-post78.html

Hema said...

My MIL makes this and it is awesome. I could never guess it has potatoes until she told me. Perfect entry...and probably the only dessert entry for potatoes:)

Vini K said...

Hey Chandrika,never knew that halwa can be made with potato too.Yours looks absolutely professionall!will try this one for sure.Thanks for sharing!:)

Pravs said...

Hi,
i always wanted to try potato halwa....somehow had this feeling that, it will not turn out good or won't be tasty.But now after seeing this picture, makes me think otherwise.

Dilip said...

you made these great Halwa and never send me some...~deep sigh~...I have to say it looks great...great recipe...thanks for sharing my friend...

Sri said...

Potato halwa...wow never had it before...and looks so yummy beautiful color and nice snap too.

sunita's world said...

Quite an unusual dish...looks great...must have tasted the same!!

sudhav said...

Chandrika,this is surly going to my to do list..that looks great..thanks for sharing..

Sharmi said...

Hi Chandrika, Nice new creative recipe. its out of the jar.

cheers
sharmi

Mishmash ! said...

Hello :) I had not seen this post and looking at the picture, I couldnt believe that its potato halwa! It looks beautiful too, i wish I had a piece!

Shn

Sneha said...

First time on your blog. That potato halwa looks out of this world! Never knew you could make halwa from potato!!! And excellent photography. Keep them coming.

Sushma said...

Now I wonder how come I never visted your blog. The potato halwa is new to me and no doubt it looks delicious ....

Good to find your blog..
-Sushma

Swapna said...

Beautiful looking halwa..When I think of potato, I always think "Spicy"..That's an innovative dish

Preetha said...

really nice & delicious stuff.Picture itself make everyone to try this...........