Monday, October 24, 2011

Phool Makhana Kheer | Puffed Lotus Seeds Kheer(Sweet)

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Blogosphere is currently flooded with lots of Diwali recipes. While the Diwali festival is meant to be celebrated with lots of sweets and savories, I limit myself with one variety of sweet and savory each.
Lotus seeds/makhana is a good source of calcium and also you can make various items like kheer,snack or curry with it.It is mostly used during fasting days especially in north India.This kheer is very easy to prepare and it is very light and tasty.I generally add lots of dry fruits to it as I like the taste and crunch of them in each and every spoonful of kheer.Though the process to make this kheer is similar to that of other kheer recipes, I wanted to share some tips and hence thought of posting this. Let us take a peek into the recipe.

Phool Makhana Kheer | Lotus Seeds Kheer Recipe:
(Serves 2-3)

Ingredients:

1 cup Phool makhana/Puffed lotus seeds
1/2 litre full fat milk/low fat milk
5-6 tbsp Condensed milk or 1/4 cup Sugar
2-3 tbsp chopped Cashewnuts
2 tbsp chopped Almonds
1 tsp Pistachios,sliced(for garnish)
15-18 Raisins
1/2 tsp Elaichi powder
6-7 strands of Saffron
2 tbsp Ghee
Method:
  • Boil milk until it reduces to half and thick by stirring it occasionally taking care that the milk does not get burnt at the bottom.
  • Tear puffed lotus seeds into halves using knife or hands.
  • Heat ghee in a small kadai and add chopped almonds and cashew nuts and fry until light golden brown and remove them into a plate.
  • Add raisins and fry until they bubble up and remove them aside.
  • In the remaining ghee add the torn puffed lotus seeds and fry until they are slightly crisp and light brown in color.
  • Take half the portion and grind it to a fine powder.
  • Add the remaining half fried lotus seeds and ground lotus seeds powder to the milk and boil until it is soft,it takes around 7-8 mins.
  • Add condensed milk(or sugar) to it and also the saffron strands(dissolved in 2 tsp milk) to it and boil for 5-7 mins.
  • Add elaichi powder to it and also fried dry fruits to it and boil for 2 mins.
  • Pour into individuals bowls.Garnish with finely sliced pistachios.
Serve it hot/warm/cold.

Notes:
  1. You can avoid grinding lotus seeds,but I recommend to do this as it gives the thickness to the kheer.If you wish you can even add 1/2 tsp cornflour (mixed with 1 tbsp milk) to the milk while it is boiling for thickness.
  2. You can use condensed milk or sugar according to your choice.Also add the required quantity of condensed milk/sugar according to your preference.
  3. Though we add less ghee,it floats on top giving us a feeling of rich dessert.

I am sending this to Pari's 'Only-Sweets and Desserts' event which is being hosted by Gayathri.

29 comments:

Tina said...

Healthy and delicious kheer...sationde

Smitha said...

i didn't know we get these...nice one and new too...must taste great!

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said...

Yumm Kheer recipe.Very new to me.Noted its contents.Thanks a lot for sharing this.Luv it

Sharmilee! :) said...

Sounds new to me...delicious looking kheer

suma said...

I have made this once long back and loved the taste, haven't made it since. Grinding the seeds is a good idea to add thickness. I like my desserts loaded with nuts too, looks delish Pratibha!

Gayathri NG said...

Delicious kheer...Its new to me must try thks for sharing...

Swapna said...

Nice kheer... new to me...

Priya said...

I came back here with a bag of this lotus seeds, cant wait to try this kheer..

Shobha Kamath said...

This is new to me. Thanks for sharing ! Happy Diwali to you !

Rekha shoban said...

delicious kheer...nice click!

Prathima Rao said...

Nver cooked witj Makhana,...The kheer looks delicious & a must try...Happy Diwali Prathy!!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Kitchen Flavours said...

That's an interesting recipe with Phool Makhana....love that kheer color....looks yum....

Radhika said...

Hey Happy Diwali Prathy. Love the kheer. I have had in once before and loved the feel of the makahanas in my mouth but sadly I don't get it here. Nice presentation.

Kaveri said...

Yummy Kheer...had tried it during Navarathri...Wishing you and your family a happy diwali

Varunavi said...

I always wanted to make this,but never dared to buy it and do it.I had this at a friend's house....

Padhu said...

Sounds yummy!Wishing u and your family a very Happy Diwali

jeyashrisuresh said...

This is quite new to me.Though i have seen these lotus seeds in my friend's place never know what can be done with that.
Yummy kheer and happy diwali to you

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Different and delectable.. so yummy..
Krithi's Kitchen
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Nisha said...

Happy Diwali. Beautiful Kheer

anthony stemke said...

New to me but looks delicious.

Sensible Vegetarian said...

I love this kheer and yours look so tempting and delicioius.

Nisa Homey said...

Sounds very new to me....i dont get lotus seeds here...still...you are tempting me. Happy Diwali dear.

Rinku Naveen said...

Never heard of this delicious kheer before Prathibha. Yummy...

Ambreen said...

Nice color, delicious looking kheer. Happy Diwali to you :)

Archana said...

I had heard abt this kheer but not read abt it. Thanks looks delicious.

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divya said...

looks absolutely great dear..Happy Diwali to u n ur family :)

zareena.b said...

Oh , I have seen these in many super markets but didn't know how to use these. looks very yumm..

Suhaina said...

i have never had puffed lotus seeds before..will sure give it a try..looks delish

DV said...

Kheer looks yummy! I have never cooked with lotus seeds so far. I will try this sometime.

-Divya
TastyVegCooking

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