Makhana not only tastes amazing but is rich in active nutrients, important to maintain a healthy body and mind. It makes a delectable healthy snack and can also be used in preparing delicious desserts for any occasion.
Enriched with the goodness of dry fruits and milk, Makhana Kheer is a favorite dessert recipe that can be prepared easily at home. The healthy and delicious recipe makes the perfect sweet dish on any festival. To make Makhana Kheer, heat a pan on low flame and add 4 tablespoons of ghee. Now add 1 cup of Makhana, 8-10 cashew nuts and 8-10 almonds. Roast the dry fruits until they are golden and crunchy. Keep them aside. Next, take a thick bottom pan, add milk and let it boil. On the other side, keep aside ¼ of the roasted dry fruits and grind the rest of it in a blender to get a coarse powder. Now, add sugar to the boiling milk as per your taste.
After a few minutes, add a pinch of saffron and cardamom powder into the milk and stir well. Add the powered Makhana mixture and stir for a minute. Next, add the remaining Makhana pops, almonds, and cashews to the milk and keep stirring for 10 minutes or until the Makhana turns soft. Garnish with roasted dry fruits and serve hot.
Makhana Coconut Ladoo
This super-yummy dessert is one of the most popular recipes with Makhana. Rich in nutrition, you can make this delectable and healthy sweet dish for your friends and family in no time. To make this recipe, you will need 1 fresh coconut and 1 fresh cream of a coconut, known as malai. Add the coconuts in a mixer grinder with ½ cup sugar and a little coconut water to grind well. Next, heat a kadhai on medium flame and add two tablespoons of desi ghee in it. Now add the grinded coconut mixture into the ghee and roast it until light brown in color.
In another kadhai, dry-roast Makhana pops and crush them coarsely. Add this to the coconut mixture and roast for 5-10 minutes. Add rose petals. Cool the mixture and make round ladoos with it. Makhana Coconut Ladoo is ready to serve.
Makhana Ka Halwa
Ditch the traditional halwa this festive season and make this lip-smacking and nutrition-packed Makhana halwa recipe that is easy to quick to prepare. To make this, dry roast Makhana pops in a pan and grind them coarsely to make Makhana ka atta. You can also use packaged Makhana flour if available. Next, heat a pan and dry roast the atta on low flame until golden brown in color. Keep it aside. In the same pan, heat 6 tablespoons of ghee and add the atta. Sauté for 5 minutes. Now add 1 cup of sugar and 2 cups of water; mix well until the sugar dissolves completely. Remove the mixture from the heat and add little more ghee and mix well. Spread it in a well-greased flat plate and garnish with nuts.
Cool the halwa, cut it into pieces and serve. These wonderful dessert recipes with Makhana will add more joy and happiness to any occasion or festival.