Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Beetroot Halwa and a Review of the Preethi Zodiac Mixer Grinder



Couple of months back I was asked to do a product review for Preethi Zodiac Mixer Grinder. Before writing a review I wanted to use it for sometime. Also, this happens to be my first product review post, so I am really happy doing it. I have also shared a recipe which makes use of the grater blade of the mixer grinder. So, let's get on with my opinion about the Zodiac mixer grinder.


Preethi Zodiac MG 218 750-Watt Mixer Grinder 

SPECIFICATIONS (As mentioned in the product)

  • Model No.: Zodiac - MG 218
  • Voltage: 230V AC ~ 50 Hz
  • Power Consumption: 750 Watt
  • Motor: Universal 750 Watt High Power Motor
  • Material of Body: A.B.S
  • Material of Jars: Stainless Steel and Transparent Plastic
  • Blade Assemblies: Stainless Steel, Machine Ground and Polished
  • Speed Controls: Rotary Switch with 3 Speeds and inches
  • Flex Cord: PVC insulated 3 Core, Flexi cord with Plugtop and earthing
  • Country of Origin: INDIA
Preethi Zodiac Mixer grinder came neatly packaged in a carton, with all parts parts carefully packed. I fell in love with its black coloured base. The instruction manual is very handy and easy to understand. I was able to easily assemble and use all the attachments that came with it. 

Pros:
1. A strong and sturdy base with vacuum rubber pads, which gives it a good grip on the surface.
2. Powerful motor.
3. Does a great job of both dry and wet grinding. Perfect for grinding those podis and idli, dosa and vada batters.
4. I am in love with its grater attachment, does a neat job in no time with lot less effort.
5. The slicer and kneader are also good.
6. The juicer jar and a special citrus juice press are very good for whipping up some fresh juices.

Cons:
1. The first thing that hit me was the noise. I found it just too loud.
2. The kneader attachment though great for kneading chappati dough, is a tad bit difficult to clean up.
3. I found there are too many small parts to keep track of while using the attachments.

In short, i am enjoying its presence and all that it is doing in my kitchen. It has definitely made my life a little more easier. So if you are looking at buying a sturdy mixer grinder with added features of a food processor then Preethi Zodiac Mixer Grinder is definitely worth it.

Now to the recipe,

What you'll need

Beetroot - 500gm (approx 3.5 cups when grated)
Milk - 500ml (2.5 cups)
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Cardamom - 4, crushed and powdered
Cashewnuts - few
Ghee - 3 to 4 tbps

Method
1. Wash and peel the beets. Chop them roughly into quarters.
2. Assemble the master chef jar and fit it with the grater blade. Close with the lid. Ensure it is locked.

3. Add 2 or 3 pieces at a time and run the mixer. Within minutes the beets would be grated.





4. Heat a Kadai, with a tbsp of ghee, fry the cashew nuts till golden and keep aside. 
5. Add another spoon of ghee and saute the beets.
6. Now add the milk and let it cook on medium flame, till milk start boiling. Then simmer and keep cooking till milk is almost reduced.
7. Now add the sugar and stir well. The mixture will become runny again.
8. Keep stirring till it starts thickening again. Add the remaining ghee and stir for a couple more minutes.
9. Do not stir for a very long time else the halwa will become hard and powdery.
10. Add the powdered cardamoms and fried cashewnuts. Mix well.
Serve warm or cold.



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