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Makhana Kheer

Features:
  • Sweet
Cuisine:
  • 30 mins
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

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A rich sweet concoction of milk, rice, and sugar mixed with the sharp aromatic flavors of cardamom, rose essence, almonds and kewra essence is so divine that it is believed to be fit for the Gods. Many Hindu traditions feature kheer as an offering to multiple Gods in exchange of blessings and prosperity. It’s not only prevalent in the Hindu religion, Muslims also prepare huge amounts of kheer and distribute it among their neighbors and family on Eid and other happy occasions.

Kheer being a prominent part of so many occasions and celebrations, is nostalgic for many people from the Indian subcontinent.A staple at weddings, religious events, or any other occasion, kheer is believed to be a sign of celebrations and joy.

Kheer has many flavors that vary from area to area. It is made with different essences, fruits, nuts and even vegetables. Makhana or puffed lotus seed kheer is the North Indian version, famously made for Navratri celebrations. Spice your mornings at work with some Makhana Kheer Milk. Grab a water bottle from Vaya now!

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How to make Makhana Kheer

For Toasting

  1. Heat ghee in a frying pan on medium flame. Add cashew nuts and fry until golden brown. Remove and keep aside.
  2. In the same ghee, add raisins and fry for a few seconds. Remove and keep aside.
  3. Add makhanay/lotus seeds and stir constantly until crispy. Remove and keep aside to cool.
  4. Crush the toasted lotus seeds coarsely with your fingers.

For Kheer

  1. In a deep pan, heat milk on a medium flame and bring to a simmer. Stir frequently and cook for 7-8 minutes or until a thick consistency is achieved.
  2. Add saffron and crushed makhana powder; stir and simmer for 4-5 more minutes.
  3. Add sugar and let simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add raisins, cardamom powder and cashews and turn the stove off.
  5. Serve makhana kheer hot or cold. 

Trivia

  • Kheer is believed to be first made 2,000 years ago as an offering for the Gods at the Lord Jagannath Temple.
  • According to Hindu epics, it is believed that Lord Krishna won a chess match and as prize asked the king to serve kheer or payasam to everyone who seeks refuge in the Ambalappuzha Krishna Temple.

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