The festive season is here and it is nearly impossible to imagine festivals in India without fasting and feasting. While, fasting is a part of customs, feasting adds soul to the celebrations. Especially, sweets happen to be a quintessential element of almost every Indian festival. It is believed that preparing and offering sweets to the deity on festivals can bring prosperity in life and harmony is relationships.
Kheer is one such classic delicacy, which happens to be a quintessential element of every Indian festival and special occasion. The reason why kheer happens to be an inseparable part of every festival is because it is believed to be God’s loved food and is considered pious. Thus, every celebration calls for a delicious creamy kheer made with the goodness of milk, dry fruits and nuts. However, making kheer can seem like a daunting task as it takes a long time to cook, and if you are hard-pressed for time, then we have a perfect resort to your problems. Just follow us through these easy ways of making this authentic delicacy at home that too in just a few minutes.
So, this Janmashtami simplify your life and cook a rich creamy kheer in just a few minutes and offer it as a prasad to Lord Krishna on this auspicious occasion.
Microwave KheerTo make this easy kheer, take a deep bottomed glass vessel, ideally made of pyrex glass as the temperature of milk may turn very hot in the process of cooking.
To begin with this recipe wash and soak ¼ cup of rice for at least 4-5 hours. Then wash the rice under running water and transfer it to the glass vessel, add 2 cups of milk and stir well. Microwave the mixture for 8-9 minutes.
Turn off the microwave, take out the kheer and mix around 1 cup condensed milk, along with some roasted dry fruits, cardamom powder and garnish the kheer with some saffron strands. You can add dry fruits and nuts as per your preference.
Then again microwave the kheer for good ten minutes, once the rice is cooked properly. Take it out and garnish with some nuts and dry fruits.
Note: Make sure you take a deep bottomed vessel as the milk can overflow, when heated. To avoid that you can take the vessel out, stir a bit and again cook.
Also, we have not added sugar as we have added condensed milk to the kheer.
Kheer in a pressure cooker
Preparing Kheer can take hours, but a pressure cooker can make your life so simple, but making kheer in a pressure cooker can be a bit tricky.
To begin with this easy recipe, take a pressure cooker of 3 or 5 litres as the milk can often evaporate through the steam whistle. Hence, to avoid that take a big pressure cooker of 3 or 5 litres.
Next, soak the rice for at least 3-4 hours, then wash the rice under running water and drain the excess water.
Add in ¼ cup rice and 1 ½ cup of milk, cover the lid and let it cook for at least 2 whistles.
After two whistles, turn off the flame and open the lid and add 1 cup of condensed milk, 4 tablespoon milk powder, mix it well.
If the consistency is too thick add in ½ cup full fat milk, along with 1 teaspoon cardamom powder, 1 handful of roasted nuts and dry fruits.
Give it a nice stir, cover the lid again and cook for another 2 whistles. Turn off the flame and transfer to a bowl and garnish with roasted nuts and dry fruits.
Make sure you take a big and deep bottomed pressure cooker to make the kheer as the milk often seeps out through the whistle.
Offer this kheer as a prasad and we are sure, the sweetness of this dish will make the almighty happy!