Samak Kheer is seriously a delight to have in Navratri fast when its gets really unbearable to hold yourself away from sweets. Navratri days of fast does not allow you to eat any food item but we have lots of options which can help you keep intact on your resolution.
I have seen many people keep all 8 or 9 days of fast as their devotion to the queen of our gods.
I had also tried it once (i mean all 9 days fast) but failed miserably and then my husband wanted to complete it where I left. So, he did complete all 9 days the next Navratri season and in the process of his 9 days of fast, we tried hell lot of sacred food options. If you follow our blog, you already know that he is a big foodie mind and surviving 9 days was next to impossible. So, he used to push us everyday for something new..something sweet…something fried etc…and etc..
So, coming back to point, we extensively made this Samak Kheer during Navratri fast season.
Samak Kheer recipe is for all who wants to satisfy their craving for dessert or Sweet while observing their pledge to stay away from food. This Kheer is made from Samak rice which are allowed to be eaten in Navratri fast.
Samak Kheer Recipe In Words
Yield: 1 large bowl Samak Kheer (6 servings)
3/4 Cup Samak Rice
600 Ml Milk
3 Tsp Raisins
1/2 Tbsp Chopped Cashew Nuts
8 Almonds (Soaked in Water)
1/2 Tsp Cardamom Powder
1/2 Cup Sugar
Take a pan. Add milk and keep the stove on medium flame.
Add Cardamom Powder and wait for boil. It would take approximately 3-4 minutes for first boil.
After the first boil, keep the stove on low flame and let the milk cook for about 20 minutes.When you change the stove’s flame to low, the rise in milk will automatically settle down.
In the mean time, take a frying pan and fry Samak Rice in 1/2 Cup of Desi ghee for about 2 minutes on medium flame.
There will be no major change in color of Samak rice after frying. So, the 2 minute criteria should be followed.
Keep the fried Samak Rice in a sieve to drain excessive oil/ghee from them.
It may take upto 2 minutes for the oil to drain down. Once it is drained, add rice to Milk (the one being cooked on low flame). It is not necessary to wait for 20 min. to complete the cooking of milk.You can add rice whenever you are ready. Mix well.
Stir the Samak Kheer every 2 minutes, to avoid burns and sticking to the pan’s bottom.
After 20 minutes of cooking milk, switch off the stove. Add Sugar and mix well.
Peel the skin of the soaked Almonds and chop them into thin slices.
Now add chopped Cashew Nuts, Almonds and Raisins to Kheer. Mix well.
After 20 minutes, your deliciously delicious Samak Kheer for Navratri Vrat is ready to serve. ENJOY.:)
Serve it hot or cold as you may like.If you want to serve cold, let it cool down to room temperature and then keep in refrigerator for about an hour before serving.