Dried fruit is fruit from which the majority of the original water content has been removed either naturally, through sun drying, or through the use of specialized dryers or dehydrators. It is a known fact that dry fruits and nuts are packed with essential nutrients. Though available in small packages, they are an abundant source of proteins, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Right from skin benefits to medicinal benefits. With high iron levels, dry fruits like raisins, and apricots are essentials to fight or prevent anemia. Dry fruits have optimal levels of vitamins and minerals, and are a natural solution for weight management. There are so many delicious recipes which we can make from dried fruits, But Kheer is all time favorite for me and family. Kheer is a rice pudding from the cuisine of the Indian Subcontinent, made by boiling rice, Broken wheat, tapioca, or vermicelli with milk and sugar; it is flavored with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashews, pistachios or almonds. It is typically served during a meal or as a dessert.
Kheer is prepared in festivals, temples, and all special occasions. It is often garnished using almonds, cashews, raisins and pistachios. It is an essential dish in many Hindu feasts and celebrations. While the dish is most often made with rice, it can also be made with other ingredients, such as vermicelli. This Kheer is different from the regular version. It contains Dry fruits, and Sweet fruit crush, Which I have decided to take cherry. Yeah, You reading it right, Its Cherry :) Well, Here in Doha, I can easily get Cherry crush in small and big both the bottles, Its sweet and so so delicious, Sometimes I simply spread on my Bread, roll it and I enjoy it ...Ahhh, I am writing it and felling like to have it right away...Well, will get it after finishing my this post, ;)
One more thing is interesting for this kheer is, The Rice which I have used are Brown one. They are Brown Rice, So its healthy too. and this rice are bit big grain. so when I was making this Kheer, When they turned soft, They are well cooked and so delicious with boiled milk. We enjoyed this delicious Cherry and nuts kheer in our dinner tonight and yeah we loved it. Addition of Nuts will make this kheer rich and more more delicious.
This our 46th #Foodiemonday Bloghop event, and this time our theme is #dryfruits. Its been a long time I haven't made kheer at home, so decided to give a treat to my lil family....But with lil twist of adding sweet cherry crush, If you cant find this cherry crush, simply you can make it at home too, Just add chopped cherries in a pan, add sugar, let it boil, add some water as needed, cook it, cool down it, and your fresh crush is ready to use :) So You all check out the recipe below and enjoy the richness of this kheer :)
50 gm Brown Rice
1 liter Full Fat Milk
2 Tbsp Condense milk
11/2 Tbsp Cherry Crush
Sugar If needed
11/2 Tbsp Almonds, sliced
1 Tbsp Raisins
5-6 Green Cardamom, powder
1. First take a bowl and place Rice in it, Wash the rice and soak them for 1/2 hour.
2. Now Take another deep pan, add milk in it and let it starts boiling, add soaked rice into it. Stir milk with a spoon and after kheer simmers, reduce the flame. keep on stirring kheer, When rice softens, add Cherry Crush in it, Stir it well then add Sliced Almonds and Raisins.
3. Kheer has got thick in consistency. Add Condense milk in kheer and cook for 2 minutes. Kheer is ready, turn off the flame and add cardamom powder into it. Garnish it with some almond slices.
Take out kheer in a bowl. Its delicious when its hot, but you can even keep it in refrigerator to serve chilled. Chilled kheer taste more delicious.