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Recipe: Beetroot Halwa Cannoli

January 07, 2022 13:33 IST

Chef Rahul Khare's exotic dessert departs from the ordinary -- traditional beetroot halwa wrapped in cannoli shells and served with rabri.

Oh, and it's garnished with chopped pistachios and decorated with edible flowers.

Photograph: Kind courtesy The Finch, Powai, Mumbai.

Beetroot Halwa Cannoli with Rabri

Serves: 1-2


For the beetroot halwa

For assembly


For the beetroot halwa

For the assembly

Cannoli Shells

Recipe by Get Ahead Team

Servings: 6 shells



Note: Jasmine and roses are edible flowers. For more information on edible flowers available in India, please click here: 12 edible Indian flowers (external link).

Either purchase a small quantity of rabri from a sweet shop to use while assembling this dessert. Or make rabri at home following this recipe.

Beets can be substituted with an equal quantity grated carrots in the halwa recipe and you could opt for carrot halwa cannoli.

Cannoli shells can be made without wine. Substitute the wine plus brandy with ¼ cup sparkling white grape juice, available online.

Steel cannoli moulds for frying cannoli are easily available online. If you don't have cannoli moulds on hand, use aluminium foil.
Scrunch 6 large pieces of foil into 6 balls of nearly an inch diameter.
Tear off a large sheet of aluminium foil and fold it in half lengthwise and place on a clean surface or a cutting board.
Line the balls of foil in a row, on top of the folded foil, along its width, and roll up the foil tightly to obtain a tight solid tube of foil about 4 inches long and 1 inch in diameter.

Rahul Khare is the corporate executive chef at The Finch, a cafe-resto bar at Powai, north east Mumbai.