Friday, October 7, 2011

Beetroot Halwa Tarts for Sweetpunch October 2011


This month for Sweet punch,  we have sweet little Jam tarts from  Ria's Collections.  The first thing which came to my mind was whether I'm going to use store bought jam with loads of sugar or something home made.

Initially I had the idea of making mixed fruit jam which my mom used to make, which is still with lots of sugar.  Not sure whether it'll work with brown sugar or demerara sugar.  Finally made up my mind with beetroots.  After searching through lots of recipes in net, I was afraid that  I'm not going to get jam consistency without jam sugar. 
So I made just the way how we normally make beetroot halwas and replaced white sugar with demerara sugar and of course all purpose flour with whole wheat atta .   If you are wondering why do I have to replace white sugar and all purpose flour, you can read the reasons from here and here.
  Now about the tarts, the pastry was just amazing, it had a perfect texture and the beetroot halwa worked well with it.  My kids loved this and I enjoyed baking this.  If you would like to start baking with us in Sweet punch, click here.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time : 12 to 15 minutes
Makes 12 tarts

Ingredients:
Whole wheat atta / All purpose flour- 200 g
Cold butter from refrigerator- 100 g
Baking powder- 1/2 tsp
Salt- a pinch
Cold water- 4 or 5 tsp
Beetroot halwa- 12 tsp ( recipe follows )

Method:
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.  Chop the butter into small pieces and rub with the flour gently until it looks like fine bread crumbsAdd a splash of cold water and bring the dough together.  Don't add too much water or knead the dough, it'll ruin the pastry completely.

  Preheat the oven to 190 degree Celsius.  Roll the dough in the middle of two baking parchment paper.  Make small rounds using a cookie cutter.  Place the small circles in the tart tin and push it in gently on the sides.  Drop a level teaspoon of beetroot halwa inside the tart cases, if you want you can cut the remaining dough in star shapes and place it in the middle of the tart.  Bake it in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes.  Leave it in the wire rack to cool, then serve immediately or store it in a air tight container.

Beetroot Halwa:
Beetroot- 2 small sized, peeled and grated finely
Demerara sugar- 75 g
Cardamom powder- 1/2 tsp
Ghee- 5 tsp

Add the grated beetroot and  1/2 cup of water in a heavy bottomed kadai and cook until all the water evaporates.  Keep stirring in the middle to avoid burning at the bottom.  Now add the sugar and keep stirring continuously, when it looks like a semi solid.  Finally add the ghee and cardamom powder, stir well until it incorporates into the halwa.  Take it off from heat.  Allow it cool down and use it for the recipe.






 

60 comments:

Dzoli said...

My father love me checking out cooking blogs.And why .Becaus ebeetroot is his favourite and up to now I would make only beetroot salad or roasted beetroot.He is so happy:) Thank you:)

retete- ina said...

very good,like it

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said...

Yumm Beet Halwa Tarts dear.I guess halwa will be tastier than the Beetroot Jam for the Tarts

Paaka Shaale said...

Loved the waY you combined the halwa with the tart. Perfect for the pinktober

Aruna Manikandan said...

looks yummy.....

ente pachakasala said...

yummy halwa nice clicks

That Girl said...

Last time I made something like this I got hot jam everywhere. Which explains why it was the last time I made something like this.

Hari Chandana said...

Woww... very interesting and tempting recipe.. looks awesome dear :)
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Archana said...

yummy tarts. Will try with whole wheat flour next time. Thanks for sharing.
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Saras said...

Its a nice idea to replace jam with beetroot halwa that too in healthier way. Love these cute tarts.

Raji said...

Wonderful recipe Ayeesha..looks absolutely stunning.

Priya Sreeram said...

what a super-yum tart; lovely

Deliah's Deli said...

salam. this is very nice :)

Reshmi Ahmed said...

wow very creative ! the stars look absolutely tempting..iam sure mykids will love it too !

Biny Anoop said...

wow fabolous dear...

Prathima Rao said...

Very innovative!!! The tarts too have the perfect texture..:)
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manjooo said...

looking soo nice :)

Amy said...

This looks so interesting. I've never had beet root in a pastry before, but it sounds like it would be delicious!

Sumee said...

Oh.. this is one of my fav growing up. Had completely forgotten abt this. Have to pick my mom's brain for her recipe. :o) Tarts looks delicious..

julie said...

yummy yum..very tempting!

Gloria said...

These look amazing and beauty! gloria

What's Baking?? said...

Didn't know that you could make jame out of beetroot..very clever!

Saji said...

Wonderful Idea!!
They luk delicious

Nisa Homey said...

This is a nice way to make kids have beets...BTW lovely and tempting clicks.

Priya's Feast said...

Wonderful tarts with beet root halwa..Sounds so innovative.. :)

Kurryleaves said...

awesome...absolutely love the last picture...

Ali said...

The beet and halwa look so delicious, how sweet they are. Care to share :)

Neha said...

Lovely looking tarts....What a brilliant idea to replace jam with beetroot halwa...

Uma said...

I love tarts and if they homemade and with full of health factor, Who says NO?

Priya (elaichii) said...

Looks super cute and colorful!

Sravs said...

Very creative and perfectly done !! looks wonderful !!

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Cheah said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog. Using beetroot as a filling is a great idea, healthy too!

Amina Khaleel said...

Delicious tarts... liked your idea of using beetroot halwa... Looks absolutely beautiful...

Vidhya said...

wow - love the creative idea of filling with beet halwa........again a healthier filling :) very cute

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious way to put beetroot into the tarts looks wonderful

Mah@mahu said...

Sedap masakan anda sungguh mengkagumkan...


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Roshu said...

gr8 presentation...

Shabs said...

Wowowoow , I love beetroot and this looks really good .

Jay said...

wow...lipsmacking presentation..bookmarked..:)
thanks for sharing dear..
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Rajdeep's Cookery said...

wow, thaz so creative..... loved the pictures too....

Junia said...

wow, i never thought about making beetroot jam! this looks delicious! :D

Vani said...

Nice and creative post! Never thought of tart with beetroot..its looking so delicious :)
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Sharmilee! :) said...

Looks delicious

Rinku Naveen said...

Oh wow! Tarts look so so good. Lovely idea to add beet halwa. Healthy and yumm..

priya ravi said...

Different idea to use halwa for tarts.. looks very cute and yummy..

Priya said...

Thats a super delicious tart, love the way u used halwa for filling,incredible and truly brilliant..

Sushma Mallya said...

Thts such an innovative idea ...looks mouthwatering!

Rosemary said...

Very pretty! This is something I'm unfamiliar with, but you've intrigued me so much, I'm sure willing to try!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Thats so unique to use beets halwa in tarts, loved it!

Anjali Shukla said...

It's such a wonderful recipe...loved the idea of adding beetroot halwa to the tarts! :)

Ambreen said...

This idea sounds so unique & wonderful. Looks delicious, perfect clicks!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, I like your creativity in using beetroot halwa, must have tasted great !!!

Zoe said...

These tarts are beautiful! Using beetroot as jam ingredients is totally new to me.

Divya Kudua said...

Whoa..this has got to be one of the rare and awesome filling for tarts I've ever seen--Great work!!

Juwita Jamaludin said...

it look tempting and nice..:)

Ryan said...

What beautiful tarts! The look perfect and your photography is great! I look forward to following your blog!

Divya Yadava said...

Wow..that's so creative! Love the use of beets which are often a disliked vegetable.

Suhaina said...

wow..these looks so yummy and very very tempting...wish i can have some now.

the Junkie book said...

great...beets a healthy veg that's often found on my table and the sweet form should be a sweet surprise!!

so do you use brown sugar for your regular use? i know white sugar is white poison!! am contemplating to switch at least partially.

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