Thursday, February 27, 2014

Shakarkandi halwa

Shakarkandi ka halwa or yam fudge makes for a delicious prasad and dessert for the day of fasting. I must say it tasted better than suji halwa...almost like dal ka halwa. A must try.
Maha Shivratri, the night to offer special prayers to Lord Shiva, the destroyer; the night when Shiv and Parvati were married.
Every year we keep a fast (phalahaar) on this day. This means avoiding any cereal and only eating fruits and root vegetables. Only one meal is consumed in the evening.

2 large yams (shakarkandi)
3 tbsp clarified butter (ghee)
1/3 - 1/2 cup sugar (depending on your desired sweet level.)
1/5 cup water
3 green cardamoms (crushed fine)
Chopped almonds and pistachios for garnish
  1. Boil and peel the potatoes till soft. Cool and mash very well. 
  2. In a heavy bottomed pan heat ghee and roast the boiled potato on medium heat till well roasted and till oil separates from the corners. Stir constantly to avoid burning and potato acquiring a dark color. 
  3. Meanwhile in a separate pan bring to boil sugar and water. 
  4. When potato is roasted add the sugar syrup and stir quickly. The water will evaporate fast and stirring avoids any lump formation. Cook stirring for 1-2 minutes and remove from heat. 
  5. Add crushed cardamom and chopped nuts. Serve hot.

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