Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Makhana Kheer

A delicious Indian dessert made with an Lotus seeds /Lotus nuts[or Makhana in Hindi].


Lotus seeds are a part of East Asian cuisine and are used extensively in Chinese medicine and Chinese desserts.Here is some information on lotus seeds from Wikipedia


I used:

Milk- 5 cups
Lotus seeds – 15 numbers
Almonds -10 numbers
Pista nuts-10 numbers
Saffron-a few strands,soaked in a tablespoon on warm milk
Cardamom powder- a pinch
Sugar to taste
Ghee-2 tablespoons
Roasted pista nuts- to garnish

1. Microwave the almonds for 2 minutes and remove skin. Soak pista nuts in hot water for 5 minutes.
2. Grind almonds and pista nuts to a smooth paste adding a little water and keep aside.
3. Heat ghee in a small pan.Put in lotus seeds[in batches] and fry till it puffs up/turns light brown. Drain and keep aside.
4. Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan and when it comes to a boil, simmer.
5. Put in the ground nut paste, sugar, lotus seeds and mix well.
6. Keep stirring once in a while so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
7. When the volume of milk reduces to ¾ th, put in cardamom powder and saffron.
8. Let it cook for a couple of minutes and remove from heat.

Serve warm or chilled garnished with roasted pista nuts.

Bon appetit...

6 comments:

Cynthia

I don't think I've ever heard of lotus seeds/nuts before though I've heard of the flower - are the two related?

krystyna

Looks yummy and wonderful!
And good to know about Lotus seeds. I'll be looking for these seeds.

I don't use microwave, but hope it doesn't matter.

Thank you for sharing. Interesting!

Sangeetha

Looks delish! Where do you get lotus seeds? And what form are they in?

PJ

Hi girls,sorry for the delay in posting the reply..

Yes Cynthia,these two are related.Lotus seeds are harvested from the lotus head.I have updated the post with a pic and a link on lotus seeds.

Thanks krystyna..You can blanch the almonds by soaking them in hot water,so no need to use microwave :)

Thanks Sangeetha.Here in China,I get them in every store :) but in other places I am not so sure maybe we can try the Chinese/Asian store.In India I think it is available freely in North India .I have updated the post with a pic of lotus seeds.

Harriet

This looks good. I have never heard of lotus seeds either.

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