Versatile, quick and easy, no bake, Indian fusion, rose scented dessert made with beetroot and cream of wheat. Have your cake and eat it too with this Beetroot Sheera with Molten Chocolate Centers!
Have you noticed that very few holidays promote healthy eating? Or when they do, as in religious holidays when we are supposed to be fasting, we have found foods that are ‘allowed’ to be eaten during the fasting…and we end up eating even more. So much so that there is a saying for that in Marathi…Ekadashi duppat khaashi…meaning you eat twice as much on your day of fast 🙂
And Valentine’s Day comes just 6 weeks after the New Year’s……just when my resolutions were sinking in… Do you think Valentine’s Day and healthy eating could go hand in hand or is it too far-fetched? Have you tried this before? I would love to hear from you about it.
I am planning to avoid the crowded restaurants and the heavy meals and desserts, staying in and cooking together a meal and dessert that would strike a balance with quick and easy, drool worthy, healthy-ish food. I love to set a fun, creative table and the best part of the balance in our kitchen is that I cook and my husband cleans!
Edible containers are my favorite, so will make the Parmesan Crisp Nests for the Lovebirds for the salad course.
Fill the nests with your favorite salad. My husband and I love the Destination Spa Salad
Heart healthy, moreish Hara Bhara Quinoa Kebabs can be served as is with store bought chutneys, or as burgers or sliders. They are gluten free and vegetarian too.
I will happily forgo the sky-high priced roses for the Burfi Roses with Gulkand Centers
For dessert, the Beetroot Sheera with Molten Chocolate Centers is our favorite! Sheera is a traditional Indian sweet made of cream of wheat, ghee, milk or water, sugar, saffron and cardamom. Fluffy sheeras laden with ghee are ubiquitous all over India for festivals and other auspicious occasions.
Of course my Sheera serves 4 and has just a tablespoon and half of ghee. I tried using the beetroot for its spectacular color but also to help us strike that healthy balance! There is a whole cupful of beets in this recipe. And that touch of molten chocolate makes for a perfect meal ending!
Here is the easy step by step photo-
Beetroot Sheera with Molten Chocolate Centers
- 1 ½ tablespoon ghee, divided
- 1 cup cream of wheat/ sooji
- 1 cup cooked beets or 1 (8 oz. can) cooked beets
- ½ cup water
- Pinch of salt
- ¾ cup sugar
- 4 drops of rose essence or rose water as per your taste
- Your favorite chocolate for the centers
To make the Beetroot Sheera with Molten Chocolate Center-
- In a pan over low heat, roast the sooji or cream of wheat with half of the ghee for about 4 to 5 minutes, stirring often. The sooji should be roasted and fragrant but take care not to burn it. Set aside.
- Blend the beets with the ½ cup of water. If using canned beets, drain the water from the can before blending.
- In the same pan, bring the blended beets to a low boil (see photo) add the salt, stir. Turn the heat down to low, stir in the roasted sooji, a third at a time, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. (see photo)
- Cover and let the sooji cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Uncover, stir in the sugar and the rose essence and cover again. Let it cook for another two minutes.
- Uncover, add the remaining ghee, stir and fluff the glistening sheera. (see photo)
- For molding, add the sheera to your favorite mold placing a chocolate in the center.
- Microwave for 30 seconds and serve the Beetroot Sheera with the Molten Centers! Yum!
Enjoy! Wishing you all a Happy Heart healthy Valentine’s Day!