Thursday, August 12, 2010

Pineapple Halwa - With Low Fat Khoya!

With Low Fat Khoya ready on my kitchen counter, I had to use it to make something ASAP. You don't keep such things waiting for too long right?? Its bad for my peace of mind. I mean, I will keep thinking about it to distraction and behave like a cat on a hot tin roof.  Make something out of it, polish it off - Ah! Peace!!! I usually do not make halwas as they generally need a considerable amount of fat and the ones that use less fat don't usually taste all that great. Honestly, halwas aren't the thing my mind conjures up when I think of dessert. Oh, yeah, am really partial to some desserts. But I made an exception this time and was raring to try out Pineapple Halwa, another Tarla Dalal recipe. Counting the recipes on my blog a few years from now, you can safely bet, a good number of these will be from either Sanjeev Kapoor or Tarla Dalal.

Well, this halwa was on my mind since ages. But, aaa.. hmmm... I have to first hunt for a good pineapple. If I am lucky enough to get one which is sweet and has no bruises( forgive the expression) I would need to take up the great exercise of peeling the thorny skin, ensuring there is not a single tiny black thorn hiding anywhere. If there is any fancy gadget which can help do all this, I am unaware and I would appreciate info on the same:-)).

This halwa, sounded quite unusual to me and the addition of the Low Fat Khoya added to its allure. Read on to know how this low fat sweet treat became a winner in my books.

I was real, real, lucky!! The pineapple was unusually sweet, not a single bruise, ripe, yet firm. Almost like canned pineapple. Here is what I did

Pineapple  - Finely chopped, 2 Cups
Sugar -2 tbsp(Alter to suit your taste)
Low fat Khoya - Grated, 1 Cup (Alter to suit your taste)
Ghee / Clarified Butter - 1 teaspoon
1/2 cup low fat milk
Saffron - A few strands, soaked in 1 teaspoon warm milk
Almonds  - A few, blanched, toasted and slivered.
Edible Silver Leaf /varq  for garnish

Heat the ghee in a heavy bottomed pan. Add the chopped pineapple and the sugar. Cook on a low flame for about 8-10 minutes or till the pineapple becomes soft. Keep stirring often. Add the khoya and the milk, mix gently and cook for 5 more minutes. Add the soaked saffron and remove from heat.

Garnish with the almonds and silver leaf and serve warm.

The halwa tasted fabulous when eaten hot. I actually started with adding 1/2 cup khoya, but the halwa tasted too sweet with just 2 tablespoons sugar. I had imagined that the addition of the khoya would balance out the sweetness, but it did not. The pineapple was REAL sweet, may its tribe increase;-). I had to add the rest of the khoya to adjust the sweetness. So be careful with the sugar, adjust according to the sweetness/tartness of the fruit. My halwa turned out a little less halwa-like in consistency too, so feel free to adjust the consistency with milk and the amount of khoya you would like to add.

Summary: Thumbs Up to Low fat Khoya!!










32 comments:

Vegetarian Zest said...

This is so decadent and looks healthy too.

Sum said...

Yummy low fat dessert!

Rachana said...

Wow! I am always looking for low fat dessert recipes and this halwa looks just perfect :-)

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

very healthy dessert,luks yum...

Pavithra Srihari said...

wow , this is incredible , i just love halwa be it anything but have always away from it just because of its high fat content .. this one is sure a keeper ...looks very delicious

Vrinda said...

Gr8 recipe n looks delish with my fav fruit...

sowmya's creative saga said...

dont know what to say..just drooling..

Akila said...

yummy yummy yelloyie....halwa...

Satya said...

pineapple halwa looks sooooo delicious n healthy ...must try ur dish soon

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Suman Singh said...

halwa looks rich and delicious..love that beautiful yellow color...

TREAT AND TRICK said...

This is really healthy and yummy halwa, thanks for sharing dear..

Nitha said...

yummy halwa..

divya said...

very tempting and inviting recipe.

Kiran said...

Wow Suma,

This pineapple halwa looks divine.
Can enjoy it without guilt.
Tempting pic.

PranisKitchen said...

this halwa looks so deliicous.. with khoya really good one

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Hey, that's a new one, loving it already without even trying it out :)

cookcurrynook said...

This is absolutely new to me. Pineapple being one of my favourite fruits, I wouldn't miss trying this for the world! The saga of the search for the perfect pineapple begins...like NOW! :)

This halwa and the low-fat Khoya are going straight into my diary for special keeper recipes. Thanks berry much for sharing these. A big hug, and a whooping cheer for helping me get over my sweet cravings while Im on this goddammed diet :)

Oh, and Tarla Dalal and Sanjeev Kapoor would be more than happy about the marketing you're doing for them, so keep these coming b'cos...just like you, I'm in love with them too! :) :)

Sushma Mallya said...

i would love to try out this low fat version,,so yummy as well

Red Chillies said...

Low fat khoya, now that is something! Love the idea. we love anything with pineapple in it and this sounds delicious.

Nithu said...

Definitely a yummy dessert. I am fond of pineapples.

Padhu said...

Great recipe and that too with low fat khoya

Sweet Artichoke said...

This looks like a delicious and healthy dessert :-)

Sarah Naveen said...

wow!! looks so yummy!!

Gulmohar said...

Looks so delicious..Loved your low fat version of khoya too :-)

Madhavi said...

This is yummoooo dessert, lovely combo of pineapple and khoya!!!

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nandini said...

Love pineapple. THouh i have come across this recipe earlier i have never tried it. Yours is tempting and wud like to try it soon.

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Sanjeeta kk said...

Love pineapples and this could be a treat for me!

Smita Srivastava said...

Looks so yummy n healthy !! I have nvr made a pineapple halwa before so need to try it out soon !!

Poonam said...

great recipe

Shubha said...

looks soooo delicious

Shubha said...

looks soooo delicious