Idli, Dosa,Khichdi,Dhokla all healthy and tasty recipes had something amiss. What was missing? So I don’t have a sweet tooth and didn’t realise that there has been No sweet dish😞A few of you reached out to post the same and I thought let’s share one today.

Aaj Kuch Meetha Ho Jaye?

Presenting Makhana (Lotus Seed) Kheer

Makhan(Lotus Seeds): 2 cups
Milk- Low Fat/Cow- 1 litre
Ghee- 1 tsp (optional)
Dates- 2 very finely chopped
Figs – 2 very finely chopped
Raisins (Kishmish)- 10-12
Sugar- To taste. You will need less sugar as we are adding the dry fruits that lend its natural sweetness to the kheer. You may completely avoid it to. Kindly do not use any artificial sweeteners to sweeten the kheer. Sugar Substitutes: jaggery, apple sauce, date syrup.
Cardamom (Elaichi) powder: Just a pinch a little more if you like. I like to add a little more of elaichi for that lovely aroma.
Saffron: 2-3 strands to garnish
Almonds: 3-4 finely sliced.

Heat Ghee in a pan and roast the makhana or Dry roast the makhana without ghee till they turn crisp. Allow it to cool. Coarsely grind it. Keep a few makhanas whole to garnish the kheer.
Boil Milk in a heavy bottom pan. Do this simultaneously when you are roasting the makhana. Saves time.😊 I like to have it a little thick so allow it to boil well. Add the dryfruits- Dates,Figs,Raisins so that the milk becomes naturally sweetened. Add the Makhana, sugar/sugarsubstitute cook well on medium flame for about 2-3 minutes.
Add the elaichi powder and cook for another 5 minutes. Keep stirring occasionally.
Add the saffron and almonds and the whole makhanas. Now keep it in the refrigerator to cool.
Serve cool!

Healthy bhi! Tasty bhi!

Why I chose Makhana is it’s high on protein, gluten-free, great for those who have gluten sensitivity or allergy. It is also rich in Carbohydrates. It being low on calories is ideal for weight loss too. Coarse grinding gives a rice like feel too.

Enjoy the Kheer gulit free!
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