Shakarkandi ka Halwa

Shakarkandi ka halwa

Shakarkandi or sweet potato is mostly consumed in all fasts and festivities in Indian homes. Its sugar is not only good for health, but this dessert also tastes heavenly during fasts.
I first came to know about this halwa (Indian sweet pudding) from my mom, who has been my first mentor of life. This dessert is not so sweet since it uses very less sugar than any other pudding (halwa) would need. Its natural sugar and fiber content also makes it the right choice during fasts .
I am reliving my “mayeka days”(when a girl visits her parents home after marriage) through this recipe. Hope it takes you on some journey too. If you have any such experience or memory, please don’t hesitate to share that with me in the comments below. Let’s check this recipe now.
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INGREDIENTS:
1. Sweet potato (boiled) – 1
2. Clarified butter (Desi ghee) – 2 tsp
3. Sugar – 2 tsp or to taste
4. Cardamom (elaichi) powder – 1/4 tsp
5. Almonds (badam) silvered – 1 tbsp
6. Cashewnuts (kaju) chopped – 1 tbsp
7. Raisins (kishmish) – 1/2 tbsp
8. Milk – 1/4 cup
9. Saffron strands (kesar) – 5 to 6
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METHOD:
| Preparation time : 5 mins | Cooking time : 15 mins | Serves 1 person |

1. Boil the sweet potato well in a pressure cooker or microwave after washing in cold water. You may fork it through or make cuts with a knife before microwaving for 2 mins. Once it is cooled, peel off the skin and grate it in a bowl. (You can save one sweet potato for making Chaat, 😛 )

Grated

2. Heat some ghee in a wok(kadhai). Add the boiled sweet potato to it and keep the heat on lower than medium. Turn it with spatula for even roasting. Roast on low heat for at least 5 mins or till you smell the aroma of roasted potato.
ghee
roasted

3. Prepare the nuts according to your preference. I chopped cashews ,silvered almonds and crushed cardamom. You may fry them in ghee for added taste.
fried in ghee
fried nuts

4. In the wok (kadhai) , now add the milk with saffron strands and evaporate it till it gets absorbed in the halwa and the sweet potato leaves out sides with ghee. This will take 5 to 7 minutes.
milk with saffron
milk in halwa

5. When the shakarkandi has left sides of the wok (kadhai), add sugar (to taste), cardamom and nuts. Save some nuts for garnishing in the end.
left sides
granu sugar
in the halwa
elaichi

6. Garnish with nuts and serve hot.
Delicious

This sweet dish is good for those who prefer low or no sugar. It can be prepared without adding any artificial sugar. This Halwa is sweet in itself. It is often offered as prasad during Navratri fasts.

This is my 2nd post for BM#90 for the 4th week of July under the “Single-serve Sweets” theme. If you want to know more about it , please check Blogging Marathon.null

You may check my other single-serve recipes like No Bake Cheesecake, Shrikhand, Badam ka Halwa etc . If you wish ,you may check Sooji ka Halwa, Aate ka sheera, Gajar ka Halwa, Mango Halwa and other Desserts too.
Till then keep cooking….
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Shakarkandi ka Halwa
Shakarkandi or sweet potato is mostly consumed in all fasts and festivities in Indian homes. Its sugar is not only good for health, but this dessert also tastes heavenly during fasts. I first came to know about this halwa (Indian sweet pudding) from my mom, who has been my first mentor of life. This dessert is not so sweet since it uses very less sugar than any other pudding (halwa) would need. Its natural sugar and fiber content also makes it the right choice during fasts . I am reliving my "mayeka days"(when a girl visits her parents home after marriage) through this recipe. Hope it takes you on some journey too. If you have any such experience or memory, please don't hesitate to share that with me in the comments below. Let's check this recipe now. 🙂
Shakarkandi ka halwa
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Passive Time 0 mins
Servings
person
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Passive Time 0 mins
Servings
person
Ingredients
Shakarkandi ka halwa
Instructions
  1. Boil the sweet potato well in a pressure cooker or microwave after washing in cold water. You may fork it through or make cuts with a knife before microwaving for 2 mins. Once it is cooled, peel off the skin and grate it in a bowl.
  2. Heat some ghee in a wok(kadhai). Add the boiled sweet potato to it and keep the heat on lower than medium. Turn it with spatula for even roasting. Roast on low heat for at least 5 mins or till you smell the aroma of roasted potato.
  3. Prepare the nuts according to your preference. I chopped cashews ,silvered almonds and crushed cardamom. You may fry them in ghee for added taste.
  4. In the wok (kadhai) , now add milk and evaporate it till it gets absorbed in the halwa and the sweet potato leaves out sides with ghee. This will take 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. When the shakarkandi has left sides of the wok (kadhai), add sugar (to taste), cardamom and nuts. Save some nuts for garnishing in the end.
  6. Garnish with nuts and serve hot.
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22 comments

    • Shweta says:

      Thank you Farah ! This is my mom’s recipe. Sweet potatoes are rarely used in my home too. But their chaat is yummy and better than potato’s chaat anyday.

    • Shweta says:

      Thank you Rafeeda !! You spoke my mind. Even I was reluctant to try this, since I had never liked the sweet potato’s chaat. But this healthy sweet buttery halwa is irreplaceable .Give it a try and you won’t repent .

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