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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sabudana kheer - MahaShivRatri Special




I wish you all a Happy Mahashivratri . Mahashivaratri Festival or the ‘The Night of Shiva’ is celebrated with devotion and  in honor of Lord Shiva, one of the deities of Hindu Trinity. People perform ritual worship of Shiva Lingam to appease Lord Shiva. It is also Believed that While married women pray for the well being of their husbands unmarried women pray for a husband like Lord Shiva, who is regarded as the ideal husband. (Source: http://www.jyotirlingas.com/festival-lord-shiva.html). 
As a offering to god, I prepared sabudana kheer. Sabudana are the topioca pearls and its pudding or kheer is prepared on many religious occasion. So let see the recipe




INGREDIENTS

  • Sabudana or tapioca -  1/4 cup
  • Milk  - 3 cups milk
  • Condensed milk – ½ tin  ( can be replaced with ½ cup of sugar)
  • Big pinch of saffron strands
  • Cardamom powder -1 /2 tsp
  • Charoli or chironji – ¼ cup
  • Silvered almonds – 2 tbsp
  • Ghee – 1tsp



PREPARATION
  • Wash the tapioca pearls or sabudana and soak them in water pearls for 10 minutes and drain them. Keep  it aside  for about 15 -20 minutes.
  • In a thick bottomed pot, bring the milk to boil. Stir the milk continuously to prevent it from sticking at the bottom of the pot.
  • Add sabudana into the milk and cook till the sabudana plump and becomes soft. You can also check the sabudana by pressing them in between your fingers.
  • Mix in condensed milk, cardamom powder and saffron to the milk.
  • Meanwhile also fry the dry fruits and add them into the kheer. Simmer the kheer for 10 minutes while constantly stirring. Switch off the heat and cool for a while and pudding is ready to serve.




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