Enjoy A Traditional, Delicious Keto Halwa Recipe
Food is always more than food; it’s traditions, customs and history. Having said that, some dishes have deeper roots than others. Amongst these legendary foods, there’s this Indian dessert, the Halwa. Because we can all learn something new every day, let us tell you about this tasty Keto Halwa.
Every year, Hindu people celebrate the Navaratri Festival, ten days of beautiful decorations, storytelling, chanting and great food.
Halwa is one of these traditional foods, although it’s also popular in many other parts of the world. Basically, this confection can be based on different veggies, from yams to carrots and from squashes to lentils. We’re making ours with bottle gourd.
So, what is bottle gourd, anyway?
This green, starchy veggie, also called porongo, acolote or lauki, depending on where you live, is incredibly versatile. Actually, the veggie comes originally from Northern Africa, but it is now grown in every warm region on the planet.
How does it taste like? Bottle gourd is creamy and tender, with flavors reminiscent of summer squash and cucumber.
What We’ll Need for Today’s Tasty Keto Halwa.
This simple recipe calls only for seven ingredients, but it tastes awesome! We’ll obviously use bottle gourd, almost two pounds. Once finely grated, you end up with our dessert’s body, and it has a lovely light green color.
Then we’ll need ghee — this single most important ingredient in Indian cooking (one of the healthiest fats to cook with too). We’re using it to roast a handful of almonds and pistachios — your house will smell beautiful, by the way!
If you think bottle gourd is tasty on its own, wait until you sauté it in the ghee. And once you add a splash of almond milk and heavy whipping cream, magic happens in front of your eyes.
Yes, this is a dessert, so we’re adding our favorite low-carb sweetener; in this case, I used Stevia. Now you just need to put everything together and season with fragrant cardamom powder, and your Halwa is ready.
Super tasty, low-carb, and fresh. This is a festive dessert, indeed. And it’s ready in just a few minutes, but don’t tell anyone.
How to Customize your Keto halwa?
Now that you know how to make Halwa, you can easily substitute the bottle gourd with grated carrots, beetroot or pumpkin. There are literally dozens of styles in India, so find the one that feels more like you.
How to Store Halwa?
You can store your halwa well covered with film for up to three to five days, and it just gets better because the bottle gourd soaks in all those flavors.
By the way, you can totally make this one ahead of time, and it’s a great dessert to take for dinner parties with friends. Unlike other sweets, this one won’t break apart or melt. It was born to be shared!
Let’s get cooking, so find below the precise ingredients and the step-by-step. Enjoy this Indian tradition and make it a family tradition yourself!
- 2 Large Size Bottle gourds
- 1/2 cup Heavy whipping cream
- 2 tbsp Swerve Granular Sweetener
- 15 g Almonds
- 1 tsp Cardamom powder
- 10g Pistachio nuts
- 1 tbsp Ghee/ Clarified Butter
- 1 tsp Green food color optional
- 3/4 cup Milk
- Peel the Bottle gourd and cut into 2, slice out the seeds and grate the bottle gourd using a steel grater, put aside.
- Add Ghee/Clarified butter in a heated wok or pan, Add almond and pistachio nuts and fry until golden brown and then keep aside.
- In the same pan, Add grated bottle gourd, cook on low-medium heat for few minutes.
- Then Add Milk, Heavy Whipping cream, crushed fried nuts, green food color and let it simmer for 2 minutes, stir while doing so and then dish it out and enjoy.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 98Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g