While rice kheer is considered as most pure offerings during any puja , there is makhane or foxnut kheer, one sweet dish that is mostly made during fasting and special occasions. What better time than basant ritu (springs) to make makhane ki kheer considering many fast or have satvik goodies. Mithe/kesari chawal along makhane ki kheer was something my maa would religiously cook being Sararwati puja.
50gms Makhana / foxnuts
1.5 lit milk
I cup sugar
2 tablespoon rose water
3-4 tablespoon ghee
Few dried fruits of choice
1-2 teaspoons corn starch
Lightly toast dried fruits in ghee and keep it aside. Toast the makhana in the same ghee to make them slightly crispy to add later.
Let the milk reduce to 65-70% of the quantity on slow flame while stirring it at regular intervals. Add sugar and cook it for another 5-7 minutes until sugar dissolves and cooks through. Make a slurry of cornstarch with little milk and add to reduced milk , stir as it slightly thickens.
Add the toasted dry fruits . Turn off the gas while adding the makhana and rose water. The makhana will soak in the milk and flavors of rose water. Serve it chilled with rose petals.
i love to serve it with khoya burfi.