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Lohri Special: Sugarcane Juice Kheer
Today is Lohri - a popular harvest festival in the lively state of Punjab, India. A bonfire is lit at night and til, peanuts, popcorn and other food items are offered to the fire. People perform prayers and go around the fire as a mark of respect to the natural element of fire. Guests are offered til, gachchak, gur, peanuts and popcorn as per the tradition. People sit around the bonfire, sing and dance till the fire dies out.
Traditional food during Lohri is Sarson da saag with makki di roti , til rice which is made by mixing jaggery,til (sesame seeds) & rice and sugarcane juice kheer.
Sugarcane Juice Kheer
Sugarcane Kheer is a speciality of Punjab. This dish can only be prepared when fresh sugarcane juice is available in market.
- 1 litre Fresh sugar cane juice
- 0.5 litre Full fat milk
- 0.5 cup Rice washed & soaked for 15 minutes
- A pinch Cardamom powder
- 5-6 tablespoons Fresh grated coconut
- 8-10 Cashewnuts
- 8-10 Almonds
- One tablespoon Raisins
- Heat the sugarcane juice in a pan. Use a heavy bottom pan. Stir intermittently .
- Boil juice for around 10 minutes on a low flame. Then add half the milk.
- Wash the rice and add it to the sugarcane juice. You can also soak the rice for about 15 minutes before adding to the juice.
- Turn down heat to a simmer. Cook on low heat till you have reached a smooth consistency. It will take about 20 minutes. Keep stirring in between. Add remaining milk .
- Now add grated coconut, cardamom powder, cashew nut and almonds to it, mix it well. Add raisins.
- Turn off the gas when the mixture becomes thick in consistency. Let it cool to room temperature.
- Sugarcane juice kheer is ready. Take it out in a big bowl and garnish with cashew nuts and almonds.
- Refrigerate and serve cold.
Happy Lohri - Sundar Mundariye - Veer Zaara
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