Monday, October 15, 2012

CARROT KHEER RECIPE | CARROT PAYASAM | EASY KHEER RECIPES

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I like kheer varieties like Badam kheer, Moong dal Kheer, Carrot Kheer that are thinner in consistency compared to the regular varieties of kheer..Moong dal Kheer and Carrot kheer are prepared quite often at our place, as are less fatty and use less sugar. Its also also quite easy to make as we do not need to cook them for long to make it rich. It also gives a nice cooling effect to the body,quite good especially for summers.While many like to eat/drink them hot/warm I prefer a cold version of those kheer varieties.There are days when I make kheer in large quantities and keep it refrigerated, and whenever I feel, I pour it in a small glass and enjoy the soothing kheer biting into those tiny bits of nuts-my favorite part of the kheer.Carrot kheer is a very easy recipe and can be tried on one of those Navratri days.

CARROT KHEER RECIPE:
(Serves 3-4)

Ingredients:
1/2 liter Whole milk
2 big or 3 small Carrots,grated
3-4 tbsp Condensed milk or 1/3 cup Sugar
8-10 Almonds,soaked in water for 1 hr
5-6 Cashew nuts or Almonds,finely chopped
1/2 tsp Cardamom powder
1 tbsp Ghee
few Saffron strands,to garnish(optional)
Method:
  • Boil milk until it reduces to 3/4th of its quantity.
  • Mean while heat ghee in a kadai/pan and fry finely chopped cashew nuts(or almonds) until golden brown and keep them aside.
  • In the same kadai add grated carrots and saute them for 2-3mins until the raw smell slightly goes away.
  • Remove the skins of soaked almonds.
  • Steam the sauteed carrot mixture with the skinned almonds and 1/4 cup milk(use the milk which is boiling) for 7-8 mins.Let the mixture cool a bit.
  • If the milk has become thick and is reduced in quantity switch off the flame and also let it stand for 10 mins so that it would slightly cool down.
  • Now grind the carrot-almond mixture to a fine paste.
  • Return the milk on to the flame again and add sugar(or condensed milk),ground carrot mixture and stir well and boil it on low flame for another 4-5 mins.Stir continuously which avoids curdling as well as the formation of lumps.Check the taste at this point and add more sugar/condensed milk if needed.
  • Add cardamom powder at the end and mix well and switch off the flame.Garnish with fried cashew nut pieces or mix it in the kheer.
Serve it hot/warm/cold.Garnish with saffron strands and more nuts if you want.I usually like it cold as the flavors settle well when it is refrigerated.
The pics below gives a better idea about the consistency of the kheer.It should not be very thick nor thin.
Notes:
  1. I prefer to saute the carrots in ghee before it is steamed as it enhances the flavor of carrots and removes the raw smell in it.Sometimes even if the carrots are boiled it has a peculiar smell and hence I recommend to saute it before steaming.
  2. Condensed milk makes the kheer really rich,you can add either only sugar or a combination of condensed milk and sugar in the recipe and adjust them according to your taste buds.The amount of preferred sweetness differs from person to person,so adjust accordingly.
  3. As carrots give natural color I did not add saffron while it is cooking and also as I used cardamom powder I did not want to change the flavor.

30 comments:

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

One of my favorite kheers...looks very inviting

Priti S said...

Looks creamy & delicious ...I do almost same way too ....love your tray and those cute matkas ..nice pics

Nagashree said...

Delicious carrot payasa, I make it similarly and love it both cold & warm.

Sangeetha Nambi said...

Really tempting me...
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sowmya(creative saga) said...

I love this Kheer.. Make it quite often...love the presentation..

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Looks superb, very tempting.

jeyashrisuresh said...

It has been a very long time since i made this, very nice presentation and tempting kheer

Veena Theagarajan said...

So yummy.. I do the same way also.. Some how I believe this is healthy one too
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Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Yummy kheer,well presented:)

Akila said...

Looks yummy yummy... Just love it....

WeR SAHM said...

wow your picture is so tempting...fabulous recipes ....

RAKS KITCHEN said...

never made this before! Cute presentation.

Priya R said...

looks yum and love the pots :)

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Lubna Karim said...

I love flavoured kheer's than plain ones....this looks creamy and yummy....

Kanan said...

Carrot kheer looks really delicious. I am salivating here

divya said...

Yummilicious and lovely recipe :) Loved the clicks too!!

Rumana Ambrin said...

Wow!! so superb and delicious...

Anonymous said...

Hmmm....very yummy......

Jay said...

wow...fascinating cliks...love your beautiful presentation..hats off dear..:)
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Priya said...

Lovely presentation, one of my most favourite kheer.

Suma said...

My friend makes this kheer really well and I love this chilled too! I would not mind having one variety of payasam every day ;-).

Chitra said...

I too love this a lot. bowls look cute :)

Coral Crue said...

wowwwwww! so beautiful!!

Apu said...

That sure looks inviting!

Alex Jacob said...

Very testy kheer...i will try this soon.
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priyanka tammireddy said...

Seems very delicious...preparing now :)

Ashwini said...

Hi,
When you mention that the carrots have to be steamed,do you mean as in a pressure cooker?

prathibha Garre said...

@ashwini Yes it should be steamed in cooker.

K K Mahajan said...

love this recipe..and BTW where did u get these matkis?

spicebake said...

Very good recipe, I love the matkas, I would love to get those, may I know where to get them

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