October 20, 2011

Makhane ki kheer /Foxnut Seeds Pudding




Makhane ki Kheer is another variety of Indian kheer/Pudding. It is fairly popular and is usually made during fasting as Makhana is considered as an auspicious ingredient in offerings to the Lord during festivals.

Makhana/Foxnut seeds is often called as Lotus seeds. I am not sure whether it is correct as Wiki says that Makhana is from water lily and not  Lotus.  A less known fact is that around 90% of the world's total Makhana production comes from Bihar.[reference]


Ingredients
[For 3 people]

50 gms Makhana /Foxnut Seeds
2 tsp Ghee /Clarified Butter
1 litre milk [ I use toned]
2-4 tbsp Sugar  [  I like my kheer less sweet, had added only 2tbsp]
Kesar/Saffron, few strands
3 cardamom, powdered
1  & 1/2 tbsp charoli/chironji
1 tbsp chopped pistcachios
Pistachios/ Almonds for garnishing

Preparation

  1. Heat the ghee in a pan  and saute Makahanas for 4-5 minutes till they are crisp. Keep aside and once it is cool enough, crush them coarsely.
  2. Soak saffron strands  in 1 tbsp warm milk
  3. Heat milk in a heavy bottomed pan. Add saffron milk and boil the milk on low heat till it reduces to almost half the amount. Keep stirring in between to prevent burning.
  4. Add the crushed makhanas and simmer for about 10-15 minutes on low heat. The milk should be thick  and runny, and not dried. You can reduce the simmer time, if you feel that the milk is drying up.
  5. Add the charoli/chironji ,sugar,cardamom powder and pistachio and mix well. Keep on heat for 2-3 minutes more.
  6. Remove from heat, and garnish with the pistachios, almonds and serve it cooled.

15 comments:

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said...

Makhani Kheer luks impressive.Luv it really

Kurryleaves said...

new to me..kheer looks creamy and delicious..love the colour

Alpana said...

Beautiful.......I love this kheer Sushmita.....awesome. You are making me drool.

Nisha said...

Beautiful Kheer.

Prathima Rao said...

Slurp...Creamy, divine kheer!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Priya said...

Wat a rich looking super inviting kheer..

Neha said...

This kheer is my favorite...Love the clicks...

Suja said...

Rich and creamy..delicious

Sensible Vegetarian said...

This is one of my favorite kheer, looks awesome.

Vandana Rajesh said...

This is new to me..the kheer looks so creamy and delicious.

kankana said...

WOW this is seriously new to me. I love kheer and had different variety but never heard of this seed before. It looks so yummy.

sangeeta said...

Such a rich kheer it is.
We make it without kesar mostly and with a few whole makhana in it...has been a navratri favorite for ages :)

Magic of Spice said...

That is just beautiful...love the flavors and looks so creamy!

Swarna Belgur Diaries said...

Hey... this is my first visit to your blog... and decided to try your delllicious looking Makhane ki kheer... Just now i finished preparing it and my husband tasted first...(he has a huge sweet tooth...:))... Out came his reaction WOW....!! even before he finished his bite...:) A big thanks to you... Must say... will be a big fan of your blog...:)

SinFoodie said...

Thank you Swarna :)It makes me really happy that you all loved it :)

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