Happy Ramnavmi to my friends, family and fellow bloggers!
Nine forms of Shakti are worshipped during the Navaratris. The first three days of Navratri are devoted to worship of Durga, the Goddess of power. We worship her in the appearence of Durga Kumari, Ma Parvati And Ma Kali. Fourth, fifth, and sixth days are dedicated to Ma Laxmi, the Goddess of prosperity and peace. Seventh and eighth days are dedicated to Ma Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge and wisdom.
Give your body and mind a chance to
break out of a pattern and give it a new direction.
Fasting – a gift to an over-burdened
body and an over-indulged mind. – Art of living
Today’s recipe Makhane ki Kheer is synonym to navratri in my family. Makhane ki kheer is served as dessert everyday for nine days. Makhane/lotus seeds/fox nut are highly beneficial in terms of nutritional value. These seeds are low in saturated fats, sodium and cholesterol and are good source of protein, calcium, magnesium potassium and phosphorus.
- 4 cups Milk
- 1½ cups Makhane (Lotus Seeds)
- ¾ cup Sugar
- Pinch of Jaiphal Powder (Nutmeg Powder)
- 2 tbsp. Kishmish (Raisins)
- 2 tbsp. Almonds, sliced
- 2 tbsp. Dried Coconut, grated
- ¼ tsp. Elaichi Powder (Cardamom Powder)
- Few strands Kesar (saffron)
- 1 tsp. ghee
- Sliced Pistachios for garnishing
- Heat the ghee in a pan.
- Add makhanas and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes till they are crisp and slightly golden.
- Remove from the flame and crush them slightly.
- Heat the milk in a non-stick pan and when it comes to a boil, add the crushed makhanas.
- Simmer till makhanas become soft.
- Add sugar, nutmeg powder, cardamom powder, raisins, and half amount of almond and coconut.
- Add saffron and cook it till it become thick in consistency.
- Serve chilled garnished with pistachios and rest of the almond and coconut.