Amaranth Fruity Pudding/ Rajgira Kheer
THEME: #61 ST NAVRATRI RECIPES
RECIPE: AMARANTH FRUITY PUDDING/ RAJGIRA KHEER
Amaranth Fruity Pudding/ Rajgira Kheer is a healthy, filling, nutritious, creamy pudding that can be enjoyed as a dessert or as breakfast. Loaded with nuts and fresh fruits, it is an absolute treat.
When amaranth is cooked with milk or water, it becomes thick like an oat porridge. Rich in dietary fiber it is a good gluten free breakfast option. To make it vegan, use any nut or soya milk.
Why Should You Include Amaranth In Your Diet?
Certainly because it is gluten free. In fact, amaranth is not a grain but seed so it can consumed when one is fasting. Actually, amaranth is a complete protein as it contains all the amino acids. Also rich in minerals like magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron, amaranth is very healthy. Its a rich source of dietary fibres. Usually amaranth is either consumed as whole seeds, in the flour form or the fresh leaves.
It is known as rajgira in Hindi. The seeds are known as ramdana. Interestingly, Ramdana is known as “God’s Own Grain”.
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With Navratri just round the corner, the group decided on the theme Navratri Recipes. We could prepare any food that is prepared as an offering (prasadam, naivedyam) for the various forms of Durga Ma. Many people also fast all nine days so we could opt to prepare food consumed during this fasting period.
It is amazing how different states of India celebrate Navratri. Some with poojas and havans, some by laying out different types of miniature dolls depicting the Gods, demi Gods, animals and people. Some prepare huge pandals and worship Goddess Durga with dance and good food.
For Gujaratis its all about garbas and dandiya raas. I miss the small familiar community celebration that takes place every year at the Patel Samaj in Mombasa. This year I’m in Bangalore.
Years back when I was in Bangalore with my daughter, Navratri passed by without much happening. The highlight was a pooja in our society Club house and then Dussera celebration. However, Navratri celebrations have taken on a whole new meaning.
As HSR Layout gets more developed, we saw lots of decorations and more temples celebrating the festival. A Durga Ma pandal was set up and the whole street was lit up making the area look so beautiful and festive.
We’ve just moved to a new home and the society had organised a garba night on Saturday. Chaats and sweets were served and the residents tried out garba steps. Girls and women in pretty chaniya cholis, men in kurtas, Purva Skywood was definitely rocking to the tunes of dola re dola and other songs.
Indeed, bright lights, tasty food and festive decorations all seem dull if you cannot celebrate festivals with loved ones, friends and familiar people. In particular, miss making prasad and garland which I do every year for the deities at Patel Samaj. However, the whole festive community feel at Purva Skywood made up for it and fortunately I was able to prepare a dish as naivedyam for Durga Ma.
Some More Navratri Recipes:
My Recipe For The Theme – Amaranth Fruity Pudding/ Rajgira Kheer
Coming to our what I prepared for the theme, I chose to make a dish that can be enjoyed during Navrati fasting. For Gujaratis Navratri fasting means we cannot eat grains and pulses and quite a number of vegetables. Basically, same rules as the Ekadashi fasting. As a matter of fact, some don’t even consume salt or any grains. Others fast by eating only fruits and milk products.
I’ve got quite a collection of fasting recipes so was lost as to what I should make. Then my daughter reminded that we have amaranth seeds(which she had bought and didn’t know how to use them). “Make something with amaranth”. I’ll be frank, haven’t cooked with amaranth seeds, the flour yes. So first I thought of making amaranth brittle(chikki). The seeds didn’t pop well… more got burnt then popped!
Then came the idea of making a pudding or kheer. The recipes I checked out online all had where the pudding was put in the oven to bake. That gave me an idea, why not make kheer? Anyway we always offer kheer or a sweet dish to the deities for any festival or occasion.
I am so glad I made the pudding or kheer. With fresh fruits and nuts added, it was a filling dish to enjoy.
Ingredients Required For Amaranth Fruity Pudding/ Rajgira Kheer
- Amaranth Seeds – rajgira, ramadana.
- Milk – for vegan version use any nut milk
- Sweetener – use a sweetener of your choice – sugar, honey, maple syrup, date syrup, jaggery.. Add according to your taste. If you use a naturally sweet fruit you may need less sweetener.
- Nuts – any chopped nuts of your choice. I used almonds and pistachios.
- Spice Powder – use any spice of your choice. I like to use either cardamom or cinnamon powder.
- Fresh Fruits – any of your choice – banana, papaya, mango, berries, kiwi, pomegranate, pears, apple, chikoo, etc.
AMARANTH FRUITY PUDDING/ RAJGIRA KHEER
- ½ cup amaranth seeds
- 1 cup milk
- 1-2 tbsp sugar, date syrup, honey or maple syrup
- 1 tbsp chopped almonds
- 1 tbsp chopped pistachios
- ½ tsp cardamom or cinnamon powder
- 1 cup mixed fresh fruit of your choice
- Put amaranth in a sieve and wash it under a running tap.
- Pour milk into a pan and put it over medium heat.
- When the milk is hot, add the amaranth seeds.
- Let the mixture simmer over low to low medium heat for 20-25 minutes or till the milk is reduced to half the quantity. Remember to stir the mixture frequently.
- Add sweetener of your choice. Mix well.
- Take the kheer or pudding off the heat and let it cool.
- Add the chopped fruits and cardamom or cinnamon powder. Mix well.
- Garnish with chopped nuts.
- You can serve this at room temperature or cold.
- I prefer cold pudding/ kheer so I kept it in the fridge for 2 hours.
- You can add 2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk, date puree, coconut sugar, honey or jaggery instead of sugar.
- Add fresh fruits of your choice like mango, banana, berries etc.
- Can serve it hot as a porridge for breakfast.
- For vegan option cook the amaranth in almond, cashew milk or coconut milk.
- Can also cook it in water.
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