Makhana, the age old vrat food, has now made a comeback as a superfood. Nutritionally valuable because of its high magnesium content, makhana or popped lotus seeds are great as a mid-meal snack. These can also be consumed by diabetics as makhane are low in glycemic index, which means that they do not cause the blood glucose levels to spike up suddenly. The dietary fibre in the makhane also keep one feeling full for longer, which in turn prevents binge eating or unhealthy snacking. Makhane are versatile like pop corn and can be flavoured as one fancies. Here, Mealtango Chef Menka brings to you a recipe of kheer (milk based pudding dessert) made using makhana.
You will need:
1 Liter whole milk
10-15 Makhana (popped lotus seeds), cut into pieces
A few strands of Kesar (saffron)-soaked in a couple of tablespoons of water
A handful of mixed dry fruits, thinly sliced
4 tbsp sugar
a pinch of cardamom (elaichi) powder
- In a thick bottomed pot, take the milk and boil it till it reduces to 3/4th of its original volume. The milk will now be thicker than before.
- Lower the flame and add the sugar. Then add the makhana to the milk and stir gently. Now add the saffron and cardamom powder and let it simmer for a couple of minutes, till it gets thick like kheer.
- Garnish with the sliced dry fruits, take it off the heat and serve hot.
- This kheer can also be served cold in short glasses as a pre-plated dessert.