Thursday, August 14, 2014

Almond -Carrot Kheer

Almond - Carrot Kheer is a sweet dish, prepared using jaggery and fresh milk. It is easy, tasty and we can have them at any time of the day. Cold or Hot both taste delicious. Fresh almond drink is always better as you know.  Here I used jaggery instead of sugar to make it completely healthy. You can use jaggery as you like more or less according to your wish. I used to prepare this kheer with using sugar for the sweetness. When I was just thinking to make the kheer little more healthy side, it flashed in my mind is that better use jaggey, that too with small portion.

This is a healthy drink for the whole family. Almonds, carrots and milk have lots of beneficial values in them. Lets see some benefits of eating Almonds.

Almonds help to lower the bad cholesterol. They protects artery walls from damage. Almonds help build strong bones and teeth. They provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss. almonds lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals. They also help provide good brain function. They nourish the nervous system.

Milk  provides calcium which helps to maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. Calcium is also important for blood clotting and wound healing maintaining normal blood pressure. Milk is also one of the important nutrient found that helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory. Milk is rich in potassium and Vitamin D. Milk also provides magnesium, phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, and Vitamin B-12.

Here is a recipe of  " Almonds -Carrot Kheer " as I said it will be liked by all age group.

Things Needed :

Carrots : 2 To 3 (Medium sized)
Almonds : 15 ti 20 (or One Handful )
Jaggery : 1/2 Cup
Cardamom : 5 to 6
Milk : 2 Cups


Method :

1. Wash and scrape out the outer skin of carrots and cook with a cup of water.
2. Uncover the cardamom pods and powder it.

3. Keep a pan on the fire and put a cup of water. Put jaggery and let it melt nicely. Sieve the jaggery and keep the cleaned jaggery aside.

4. Put almonds in hot water and leave it for 10 minutes. Remove the almond skin.

5. Now grind almonds, crardamom pods and cooked carrots till paste. Remove the mixture from liquidizer and keep it aside.

6. Keep a big pan on the fire and put ground mixture and  cleaned jaggery . Mix it well and let it boil nicely.

 7. Now shift the boiled kheer to a serving bowl. Cool it and mix it with fresh milk when it is cooled a bit.

8. Serve ready "Almond -Carrot Kheer " at any time of the day.

Note :

Do not add more carrots since it overtakes the flavour. Using sugar is optional. It taste differ. Do not add any ghee or butter to it.Adding Cashew nuts will enrich the taste. I have not added it. Adding more or less jaggery is also an optional. Adding more water is also an optional. But it does not taste that good. Adding coconut milk is also an optional. It adds to the taste and richness to the kheer.

Time  : 20 minutes.
Serves :  5 to 6


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My name is Nalini Somayaji. Teaching is my profession. Cooking is my passion. Reading, travelling, visiting new places, having fun with kids are some of the hobbies I can say. My recipes are Healthy, quick, easy and simple. Grown up being a traditional family member I love and respect Indian culture and traditions. Love classical dance and music.
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