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Sunday, 21 August 2016

Makhane Ki Kheer / Fox Nuts Seeds Pudding


Makhana /Phool Makhana commonly known as lotus seeds or Fox nut (Gorgon nuts) seeds belong to the Lily family which are generally cultivated in low land areas of India , China and Japan for their starchy white seeds which are edible. Lotus seeds are rich in calcium and protein.They regulate blood pressure , have rich anti oxidant properties and benefit spleen kidney and heart.
Source : http://manjumakhana.com/benefits_Fox_nut.php

Makhana are very popular in North India and are generally used as fasting food ( food for vrat) during Navratri fasting. My family loves Makhana and i generally make roasted makhana or Caramelized Makhana ( Meethe Makhane) as tea time snacks. Today i will share a creamy and rich pudding recipe made from this lotus seeds.


Makhane Ki Kheer is basically a sweet pudding in which lotus seeds roasted in little ghee are added to sweetened reduced milk. Makhane ki kheer has a rich creamy texture and is very delicious. A very simple and easy preparation that can be made under 15 minutes and tastes great both hot or chilled. This kheer can be had as a fasting food ( food for vrat or upvas) and is generally served as naivedhyam ( offering to God) to lord Krishna on Janmashtami ( a festival which celebrates birth of lord Krishna).

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Makahan / Fox nut seeds
  • 500 ml full cream milk
  • 5 tbsp of sugar (or as per taste)
  • Few strands of Saffron / Kesar
  • 5-7 Cashew nuts
  • 2-3 tbsp Raisins
  • 2-3 tsp sliced Pistachios for garnishing
  • 1/4 tsp Cardamom and Nutmeg powder (Sweet Masala)
  • 2 tsp Ghee /clarified butter
Method:
  1. In a non stick wok heat 2 tsp of ghee and fry the cashews in it until they turn golden brown. Remove them and keep aside. 

 2.  Now add the raisins and fry them for a while. Remove them and keep aside.


  3.  Add the fox nuts to the same remaining ghee . Roast the fox nuts for 2-3 minutes on a low to medium flame. Keep stirring. The makhana will become crunchy . Remove them in a plate and allow them to cool down . Add the saffron strands to 2 tbsp of warm milk.


  4.  Add 500 ml of milk to the wok on a medium flame. Let it come to a boil. Lower the flame and cook the milk for 5-7 minutes on low flame . Keep stirring the milk occasionally to ensure it does not stick to the bottom. 


  5. Add sugar to the milk and stir well. Allow the milk to cook for another 1-2 minutes. 


  6.  Add the saffron milk to it.


  7.  Crush few roasted makhana either with hand or in a grinder . Add both the crushed  and whole makhana to the sweetened reduced milk.



  8.  Add the fried raisins and cashews.  Mix well and cook the kheer for 1-2 minutes. Add the Sweet Masala( Cardamom and nutmeg powder) and put off the flame.


  9.  Garnish the makhana kheer with sliced pistachios . Serve hot or cold and enjoy the creamy delicious Mahana Kheer with your loved ones !



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17 comments :

  1. Makahne ki kheer is one of my favorite kheer recipes. It's very easy to make and tastes yummmm too. Beautiful share.

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    1. Thank you Lata. It is our preferred dessert too, whether fasting or not.

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  2. This makhane ki kheer looks so yummilicious !!! Perfect share for festive time surely Poonam :)

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  3. Makhana ke kheer, sounds so yummy and delectable. It is easy and fuss free recipe but packed with many flavours.

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  4. This simple yet yummy desert is the best for fasting season loved your detailed recipe thanks for sharing.

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  5. This looks delicious, I need to taste makhana. Living in the south, have never tasted that.

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  6. makhana kheer looks mouthwatering and festive. This is cooked more often then any other kheer. I love this lotus in kheer, brings a great flavors.

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  7. One of my favorite, my mom makes it often and the most common in our house. Love your detailed step by step instructions and that kheer with all that nuts looks simply yum.

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  8. Makhane Ki Kheer looks so creamy, rich & delicious. This bowl is a comfort one for me. Beautiful recipe, poonam

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  9. I tried Makhane ki kheer once and it did not turn out well.The makhane tasted weird and soggy. Your recipe seems to be just perfect that I am tempted to try again. Thanks for the share.

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  10. Wow! Makhane ka Kheer looks so so delicious. I would love to have one bowl right now! Thanks for the steps and the recipe.

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  11. Just look at the color of the kheer....it's awesome. Who will wait till navaratri to finish this bowl of kheer. Superb!

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  12. Wow this kheer looks so vibrant and perfect creamy texture.. perfect for upcoming navratri meal.

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  13. Looks so yummy. Wish I can reach out to the screen n pick it up.

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  14. Wow I also love makhana. And your kheer looks awesome. I can imagine the heavenly taste. Perfect share for this festive season.

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