Ganesh Chauth still has lots of time But I wanted to feed my blog with some festive recipes and so I made a delicious Maharashtrian Kheer to begin with. This months SNC challenge theme is Halwa/ Kheer and I Instantly decided to prepare a kheer Bcoz simply I was carving for a healthy kheer. I always make Chawal kheer Pudi some times in the weekend and we love that combo a lot , I have been having this from my child hood and this will never bore me.. When I was doing thali's few months back I thought of doing this kheer as a part of the sweet in the thali But I some how missed to soak the whole wheat, Yes you here it right this was the first time I tried a whole wheat berry kheer, I have tried a kheer with the ready made crackled wheat many times But was the first time I tried with whole wheat berry and it tasted yummy . It is no doubt a very healthy option for those who love rice kheer but are avoiding rice in their diet.
Gavachi Kheer / Whole wheat Kheer is a traditional maharastrian prasad generally made for ganesh chathurthi and offered to ganesh ji. This is super creamy and yummy kheer like any other kheer but so much of health benefits, perfect for growing kids. I am hosting this months Snc Challenge and this will be our last challenge post . Its very heart touching as this was the first event I had joined when I was new to blogging and divya received me with great love , I learned lots of new recipes from south team .This all is coming to an end and will miss SNC a lot. Every month I used to wait for the challenge post and I loved doing this event a lot. You might have noticed even though I was absent blogging frequently I never use to miss SNC bcoz its too close to my heart. Any ways to end up the challenge with a sweet note I prepared this healthy kheer and hope every one in the south team will like it.
Wheat - 1/4 cup
Rice - 2 tbsp ( soaked in water for 15 minutes)
Jaggery- 1/4 cup ( adjust to your taste)
Milk - 3 cups
Cardamom - A pinch or so
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Cashew nuts- 2-3 Nos
Raisins - few
- Clean and wash whole wheat three to four times and soak it for 9-10 hours or Over night.
- Drain and grind them to a coarse paste. If you want you can leave 1 tbsp of the soaked wheat whole without grinding and add to the kheer later.
- Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed sauce pan add cashews and raisins, roast them slightly.
- Add the ground wheat mixture ( + the whole wheat if you have saved some from the soaked one) and cook it for few minutes in low heat till it leaves out a aroma.
- Add soaked rice and milk, stir the mixture continuously.
- This kheer will thicken as it cools down if you feel it needs more milk you can add more.
- Cook the kheer stiring occasionally till the wheat and rice is well done ( cooked).
- Turn of the heat and mix in the grated jaggery.
- Mix them well till the jaggery melts , the heat of the kheer is enough to melt the jaggery. If you add jaggery when the stove is on some times it might curdle the kheer.
- Serve them warm if you like but it tastes best when served cold. This kheer thickens when it is cold.
- As the kheer thickens when it is cold, in some maharatrian family they top it with hot milk and a dallop of butter . I did try this way it tasted yummy even.
- While roasting the coarsely ground wheat, if it turns dry You can add little amount of water and cook them so that its not dry. This is optional.
- You can use Sugar even but traditionally jaggery is added and it taste good with jaggery.
- It tastes great when it is cool, Though some people may prefer it Hot even.
- You can even pressure cook the soaked wheat and rice together, to save time . The cooked wheat and rice can also be used in preparing this kheer.