Needless to say, winter produce is the best thing about the season. The season's bounties are filled with nutritional and flavourful goodness. From the quintessential fruits and veggies to the classic winter drinks like mulethi chai and kadha, we Indians just can’t get over the season’s specialties. However, for people with incorrigible sweet cravings like us, winter desserts are sure to tug at our heartstrings. From the classic gajar ka halwa to gajak and chikki, winter desserts are surely indulgent and filled with the goodness of the winter produce. If you have a sweet tooth like me, then you’d surely relate to it. But have you ever thought about making halwa out of broccoli and amla?

Being two of the most nutritious winter products, broccoli and amla are filled with taste and nutrition alike. I’m sure the name of the halwa seems quite absurd to you but we know you won’t resist having another serving of the halwa once you’ve tasted it. Both the ingredients are known to have immense nutritional benefits that are instrumental in boosting immunity. On one hand, broccoli is believed to improve heart health and on the other amla zings with vitamin C. Adding both the ingredients to one dish will result in a healthy and delicious dish that is worth trying.

To make broccoli and amla halwa, 

  • Chop the broccoli and keep it aside. 
  • To a heavy-bottomed pan, pour milk and let it boil for 10-15 minutes to thicken it up. 
  • Now, add the chopped broccoli florets and let them cook for five minutes. 
  • Meanwhile, add a tablespoon of ghee to a pan and add 100 grams of khoya to it. Saute and mix it well. 
  • You can either add sugar or any other sweetener of your choice to the ghee and khoya mixture. 
  • Take 5-6 pieces of amla murabba and grind them well to form a coarse mixture. 
  • Add both- the amla paste and the khoya mixture to the milk and stir well. 
  • Cook the halwa, till it attains the right consistency and finish it will a sprinkle of cardamom powder and a garnish of your favourite nuts and raisins.

Enjoy this comforting, healthy and decadent halwa post-dinner on a chilly winter night and let us know how it turns out.