Spaghetti Squash and Beetroot Halwa

Easy, fuss free, microwave recipe for a festive Indian fusion dessert halwa! Check out the taste of this ambrosial halwa that is vegetarian and gluten free too.

Indian fusion festive dessert halwa with an easy 10 minute microwave recipe. Vegetarian, gluten free Indian dessert
Spaghetti Squash and Beetroot Halwa

True story that happened in our home this week. As the festival of Dassera approaches, I was thinking of a festive dessert.

You all know about my fascination with spaghetti squash in the fall season. I have shared my Scrumptious Spaghetti Squash Upma and Spaghetti Squash Noodles in a Spicy Honey Hoisin Sauce with you before. So when I saw spaghetti squash in the market, I had to pick it up!

Back to my festive dessert….I started toying with the idea of a spaghetti squash dessert and 3~4 ideas came to mind. But this one jumped out-I have loved the taste of beetroot wadis I had in my childhood. So I thought why not combine the taste and texture of spaghetti squash with beetroot?

It seemed to be a brilliant idea (to me, of course) so I excitedly mentioned it to my husband and was met with a “Eeeeeeew”

But I decided to chart ahead undaunted and am glad I did! The taste is truly ambrosial! Guess who loved the Spaghetti squash and beetroot Halwa so much that he wanted seconds? Ha….. ha hubbies can be worse than kids sometimes, right 🙂

So here is the step by step-

I precooked the spaghetti squash in the microwave just as shown in the recipe for the Scrumptious Spaghetti Squash Upma. Then I also made the halwa in the microwave in 10 minutes.

Indian fusion festive dessert halwa with an easy 10 minute microwave recipe. Vegetarian, gluten free Indian dessert
Spaghetti squash strands, evaporated milk and cooked shredded beet in a microwavable bowl
Indian fusion festive dessert halwa with an easy 10 minute microwave recipe. Vegetarian, gluten free Indian dessert
Mix the 3 ingredients together and cover
Indian fusion festive dessert halwa with an easy 10 minute microwave recipe. Vegetarian, gluten free Indian dessert
I covered the bowl with parchment paper and microwaved for 5 minutes
Indian fusion festive dessert halwa with an easy 10 minute microwave recipe. Vegetarian, gluten free Indian dessert
This is what it looks like after 5 minutes of microwaving
Indian fusion festive dessert halwa with an easy 10 minute microwave recipe. Vegetarian, gluten free Indian dessert
Add sugar and salt, mix. The mixture becomes runny again after adding sugar. Add the milk powder, stir and microwave again for 5 minutes, stirring once in between.
Indian fusion festive dessert halwa with an easy 10 minute microwave recipe. Vegetarian, gluten free Indian dessert
This is what it looks like after the additional 5 minutes in the microwave
Indian fusion festive dessert halwa with an easy 10 minute microwave recipe. Vegetarian, gluten free Indian dessert
It will pull away from the sides, when stirred. The Halwa congeals further as it cools. 

Spaghetti Squash and Beetroot Halwa

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients-

  • 1 cup cooked spaghetti squash strands
  • ½ cup cooked shredded beetroot
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • ½ cup milk powder
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom seed powder
  • Slivered pistachios nuts for topping

To Make the Spaghetti Squash and Beetroot Halwa-

  1. In a large sized microwave safe bowl, combine the spaghetti squash strands, shredded beet and the evaporated milk. Cover the bowl (I used parchment paper) and microwave on high for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from microwave, stir and add the butter, sugar, salt and the milk powder. Microwave on high for another 5 minutes stirring once in between. Keep an eye on the bowl to make sure the mixture does not spill over.
  3. The mixture should pull away from the sides of the bowl. Add the cardamom seed powder and stir well. The halwa will congeal as it cools.
  4. Serve warm or refrigerated, topped with the pistachio nuts.

Note- Microwave timings are based on the quantity given and on my 1000W microwave drawer oven. Individual microwaves may vary.

I am taking my Spaghetti Squash and Beetroot Halwa to Angie’s Fiesta Friday co-hosted this week by the lovely duo-Julie @ Hostess at Heart and Linda @ Fabulous Fare Sisters

Enjoy!

Love,

Sandhya

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24 Comments Add yours

  1. Brilliant idea of adding spaghetti squash in beetroot halwa😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much! I love the texture the spaghetti squash lends to this halwa.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Love the use of beets and spaghetti squash this way. Such a creative dish! 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Ronit!

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  3. Amazing share. Sandhya it looks so good

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Ruchi! Truly appreciate your kind words.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Aaru's Mom says:

    Beautiful that colour!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. What a beautiful looking dish! Such lovely flavors and colors!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much Petra!

      Like

  6. This looks like a great way

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Of adding spaghetti squash. Loved the idea. Love the outcome. Beautiful it looks.

      Like

    2. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Michelle says:

    So creative!
    Hubbies are worse than kids with food- amazing how quick to judge and quicker to devour! Lol
    Thanks
    Michelle

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      So true right? Thanks Michelle!

      Like

  8. Linda says:

    Wow! This looks really good Sandhya! I love the pink color made by the beets! It must taste delish! Thanks for sharing with us at Fiesta Friday 🙂 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Linda and thank you for hosting FF!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Sumith Babu says:

    Spellbound!! An amazing fusion dish!! The texture looks very soothing. You are very creative Sandhya.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Sumith. I love the texture of spaghetti squash too.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Antonia says:

    Such a creative and festive dish Sandhya! I love your use of spaghetti squash. Beautiful color 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Antonia! I am crazy about spaghetti squash 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Loretta says:

    What a great combination Sandhya. That color and those pistachios drew me right into your post – a darn pity we are so far away. I love halwa, but have never tried to make it. Catching up on your posts while I was away.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Loretta. Hope you had a great trip! You sure were there at the perfect time to enjoy the fall splendor!

      Like

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