Makhana Kheer is a classic delectable Indian dessert made by cooking Makhana(s) in milk till it reaches creamy consistency. Makhana is also known by other names like “Lotus seeds” or “Foxnuts”.
This lip-smacking dessert is quite easy to prepare without taking much of your time. The best part about this recipe is you can have it in fasts(vrat) also. I always make in it Navrtri fasts as it is not only tasty but contains many essential nutrients also. Earlier I had shared the recipe for Saffron Sama Rice Kheer or Barnyard Millet pudding which you can see by clicking here.
Makhana or Foxnuts are rich source of calcium, iron, antioxidants, natural flavonoids which prevent ageing and fibre etc. They are also considered as a great snack especially if you are trying to lose weight as they make you feel full for longer time. Some more Makhana recipes were shared in earlier posts which you can checkout below:
In this Makhana Kheer recipe I have used full-fat milk. You can even use toned milk if you wish. Apart from almonds, cashews & raisins, I have added “Chironji” which gives a nice crunch to the pudding. Chironji is an Indian spice which has a nice nutty taste. It is harvested from tree called “Buchanania Lanzan” and has number of health benefits. It is a natural coolant, improves digestion & overall skin health. You can add it in other recipes of kheer or halwa. The cardamom powder gives a nice soothing aroma to the dessert overall. The quantity of sugar can be varied as per your own taste or preference.
Whenever it comes to serving, I generally prefer clay earthenware bowls (“kulhar” in hindi) as they not only look really elegant but give an earthy aroma to the kheer. These Kulhars can be used to serve tea, yoghurt & many other Indian desserts like kulfi, rabdi and mishti doi etc.
Hope you would like this delicious and creamy Makhana Kheer recipe!!
List of Ingredients: (Makes 3-4 servings)
- Makhana (Foxnut)-1 cup
- Ghee-1 tbsp
- Milk- 500 ml (preferably full fat)
- Sugar-1/4 cup
- Almonds- 5 to 6
- Raisins- 8 to 10
- Cashews- 4 to 6
- Cardamom powder-1/4 tsp
- Chironji (or Charoli)- 1/4 tsp
- Almonds- 4 to 5
- Rose petals- 8 to 10 (optional)