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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October 10, 2016 at 6:36 pm
Super cool Pudding!!!
October 11, 2016 at 2:25 am
Kheer looks super yummy Mayuri and healthy too. Awesome share.
October 11, 2016 at 7:58 am
What a lovely dish Mayuri di.. I have never heard of it.. Will definitely try soon! 🙂
October 11, 2016 at 1:08 pm
What a healthy share Dee…delicious pudding👌🏻
October 11, 2016 at 4:18 pm
easy and delicious pudding…yummy share dee
October 11, 2016 at 5:08 pm
Never thought of using Amarnath seeds in Pudding, great share
October 11, 2016 at 6:30 pm
October 11, 2016 at 6:31 pm
October 11, 2016 at 6:32 pm
All thanks to my daughter who made me use the amaranth seeds. I loved the preparation. Good breakfast option even during Ekadashi.
January 19, 2023 at 9:21 pm
Quite good! I made several 6 servings to keep on the fridge for quick breakfasts. 2 with mixed berries, 2 with stewed apple, 2 with fresh cherries. I love how adaptable the recipe is!
January 20, 2023 at 4:24 pm
Mary thank you so much for trying out the amaranth pudding recipe. That is what I like about this recipe, the versatility.
October 11, 2016 at 6:32 pm
October 11, 2016 at 6:33 pm
Thanks Alka, if they would have popped well then you may have seen another preparation altogether:)
October 16, 2016 at 3:28 am
Amazing and healthy share!! Would love to try this soon. Thanks for the lovely recipe.
October 24, 2016 at 6:42 pm
Interesting and healthy pudding recipe with Rajgira MayuriDi!����
April 14, 2017 at 9:48 pm
April 14, 2017 at 9:49 pm
Thanks Pushpita. I thought of it when I saw the amount of rajgira my daughter had in her pantry:)
Renu Agrawal Dongre
June 13, 2018 at 11:51 pm
I never tried this yet. It looks delicious and healthy.
June 14, 2018 at 10:06 am
Thanks Renu, try it.. its different. Great even for breakfast.
April 9, 2019 at 4:35 pm
Rajagra seeds kheer sounds so delicious and nutritious too, such a easy yet wonderful farali treat.
April 15, 2019 at 11:08 am
October 1, 2021 at 9:05 pm
Amaranth pudding looks so delicious. I haven’t tried anything with rajgira seeds as yet. I will make it during Navratras.
October 1, 2021 at 9:07 pm
Thanks Shobha, please try it, it is so tasty and filling too.
October 3, 2021 at 4:07 am
This looks so delicious. I have just bought some whole Rajgira so this amazing recipe came at the right time. I have cooked with Rajgira flour but not whole rajgira so looking forward to trying to make this kheer for Navratri.
October 7, 2021 at 9:42 pm
Thank you so much Mina, please do give a feedback as how the recipe turned out for you.
October 4, 2021 at 4:16 am
Amaranth is a lovely seed and I love kheers with it. I have only made it the southIndian payasam way. The fruit based kheer sounds so lovely too. I am sure to give it a go.
October 7, 2021 at 9:41 pm
Thank you so much Seema. I will have to check out the amaranth payasam recipe.
October 5, 2021 at 1:32 am
Frankly, I have never cooked with Amarnath at all. The idea of making kheer with Amarnath seeds sound so very delicious, creamy and it will be healthy too. I will try making it soon as we have a birthday coming up.
October 7, 2021 at 9:39 pm
Thank you so much Archana, go ahead and make something different as a birthday treat.
October 5, 2021 at 4:58 am
this fruity pudding with the goodness of Rajgira is just the push I need to start making stuff with Rajgira (or for that matter Samo too) esp for fasting days. such a filling treat this must be
October 7, 2021 at 9:36 pm
Thank you Kalyani, go ahead and try it. It is filling and very healthy too.
October 5, 2021 at 6:24 am
Amaranth seed pudding looks delicious and a good way to have a gluten-free diet. I must try this one, need to bring amaranth seeds. Good way to start using it.
October 7, 2021 at 9:34 pm
Thank you Jayashree, I totally agree with you, it is a good way to begin using amaranth seeds and including it in one’s diet.
October 5, 2021 at 1:16 pm
A whole new twist to the Faraali recipe using amaranth seeds . Looks so yummy
October 7, 2021 at 9:33 pm
Thank you so much Priya and also it is so filling.