Do you know? ?
Makhanas are gluten-free and protein-rich!
Let’s make this Raksha Bandhan free from Blind indulges and full of healthy choices towards the good health with our amazing Low-Calorie Makhana Kheer(FOX NUTS PUDDING).
Indian festival and no dessert? Not possible.
Kheer is a staple dessert in every Indian household and a perfect dish to cook on most special occasions and festivals. Loved by all for its creamy and rich flavour, kheer is a perfect sweet delight to indulge in! This Makhana Kheer recipe is easy-to-prepare and doesn’t require much of an effort.
Indians around the country and abroad are celebrating Rakshabandhan or Rakhi. Beautiful rakhis and traditional sweetmeats made their way to the markets almost a week back, and the festive vibe has been too vivid to miss.
Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi celebrates the bond of love between a brother and a sister.
Much like all festivals in the country, Rakhi to has a special association with food and all things decadent. Besides the mithais and chocolates on the Rakhi thali, a festive Rakhi spread is a common feature across many households. Relatives visit each other and after celebrating Rakhi, all of them gather to indulge in a delicious lunch/dinner. From traditional to fusion and to continental, a Rakhi spread could be whatever you want it to be, so how about making it healthy this time?
Yes, this is the time when the entire world around you is busy feasting. But that does not mean you need to stay back in your room with a bowl of salad.
Indians are absolutely in love with kheer and there are several variations of this sweet delight that you can find across the country. However, makhana kheer happens to be the healthiest of all.
Nutritional value of Makhana:
1. Superfood makhana is rich in proteins and fibre and low in fat.
2.100 grams of makhana gives around 347 calories of energy, around 9.7 grams of proteins and 14.5 grams of fibre in makhana.
3. Makhanas are a very good source of calcium.
4. They also contain magnesium, potassium and phosphorus in good amount. Few vitamins in less quantity are also present in makhana.
There are many sugar substitutes, available in the market nowadays but they have side effects too. What if you can manage the desserts without any added calories and with sweetness too?
Today, on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, I wanted to prepare a healthy kheer to cherish the bond of love between a brother and a sister with my all-time favourite zero-calorie sweetener: stevia
• 1 Litre low-fat Milk ( can use any non-dairy milk )
• 1/4 cup Makhana (puffed lotus seeds)
• 1.5 tbsp stevia
• 2 tsp Pistachios, chopped
• 2 tbsp Almonds, chopped
• 1 tsp Green cardamom powder (optional)
• In a deep vessel, pour in the milk, break the makhanas into smaller pieces, add them to the milk and let it simmer for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours without covering, till the milk boils down and the seeds are soft. For a smoother texture, the makhana kheer or porridge can be churned in a mixture.
• Slow cooking the milk makes it, even more, creamier, thicker and to be precisely what we say malaidaar – the right term.
• Add the stevia and stir for a few minutes.
• Add the pistachios, almonds and cardamom powder, stir well again.
• Serve hot or cold, as you like.
Apart from being so yummy, this Makhane ki Kheer has so many nutritional and health benefits making it a perfect way to introduce makhana to your little ones.
By Priyanshi Bhatnagar