Rajgira kheer recipe with step by step photos. This is a simple, easy dessert made with ramdana (rajgira or amaranth grains), milk, sugar, cashews and flavored with cardamom powder.
This is one of the most tastiest kheer, I made with amaranth. Unlike other kheers or puddings which are smooth to the palate, this one has a crunchy texture. This crunch comes from the amaranth grains and it is this crunch that does make this kheer different from other kheers.
I make this kheer similar to the Samvat rice kheer (barnyard millet pudding) I prepare. Here, I have cooked the amaranth grains in a stovetop pressure cooker to save time.
However, you can also cook them in a pan or pot adding water as required. It will just take about 25 to 30 minutes for them to cook in a pan. Do try this sweet dessert for Navratri and you will love it.
The kheer taste so good that you can even prepare it on non-fasting days. You can easily the recipe to make a bigger or small batch.
Serve amaranth kheer plain or with some Rajgira pooris or singhare ki poori. You can serve this kheer hot, warm or chilled.
How to make Amaranth Kheer or Rajgira Kheer
1. Rinse ⅓ cup of amaranth grains in a fine meshed seive or strainer. You can also add them directly to the stovetop pressure cooker if you want.
2. Then add 1.5 cups of water. Stir and mix very well.
3. Pressure cook the grains on a medium heat for 3 whistles or for 9 to 10 minutes. Once the pressure settles down on its own, then only open the lid of the cooker.
4. Now add 1 cup of milk to the pressure cooker.
5. Keep the cooker on stove top on sim or low heat. Stir the milk and the cooked amaranth grains mixture very well.
Simmer on a low flame for 6 to 7 minutes. Do keep on stirring at intervals so that the kheer does not stick or get browned from the base.
6. Add 4 to 5 tablespoons of sugar or according to your taste. Stir again and simmer for 2 minutes more.
7. Lastly add 4 to 5 tablespoons of sliced cashews or almonds, ½ teaspoon cardamom powder and 7 to 8 dried rose petals, chopped (optional).
You can also add raisins and some crushed saffron to make the kheer more flavorful.
Serve amaranth kheer hot or warm or chilled. Once the kheer comes to room temperature, you can chill it in the fridge.
You can also garnish the rajgira ki kheer with some sliced almonds or cashews or saffron while serving.
The leftover can be refrigerated and the kheer stays good for about 1 day.
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- ⅓ cup amaranth grain (rajgira or ramdana)
- 1.5 cups water for pressure cooking
- 1 cup milk
- 4 to 5 tablespoon sugar or add as per taste
- 12 to 15 cashews or blanched almonds, sliced or 4 to 5 tablespoon sliced cashews or almonds
- 4 to 5 green cardamoms, crushed to a powder in mortar-pestle or ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
- 7 to 8 dried rose petals, chopped (optional)
- Rinse 1/3 cup amaranth grains in a fine meshed seive or strainer. You can also add them directly in the pressure cooker if you want.
- Then add 1.5 cups water. Stir very well
- Pressure cook the grains on a medium flame for 3 whistles or for 9 to 10 minutes. Once the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid of the cooker.
- Now add 1 cup milk in the cooker.
- Keep the cooker on stove top on sim or low flame. Stir the milk and the cooked amaranth grains mixture very well. Simmer on a low flame for 6 to 7 minutes. Do keep on stirring at intervals so that the kheer does not stick or get browned from the base.
- Add 4 to 5 tbsp sugar. Stir again and simmer the kheer for 2 minutes more.
- Lastly add 4 to 5 tbsp sliced cashews or almonds, 1/2 tsp cardamom powder, 7 to 8 dried rose petals, chopped (optional). You can also add raisins and crushed saffron. Stir again.
- Serve amaranth kheer hot or warm or chilled. Once the kheer comes to room temperature, you can chill it in the fridge.
- You can garnish with some saffron strands or sliced almonds or cashews, while serving.
Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)
This Rajgira ki Kheer Post from the blog archives, first published in October 2015 has been republished and updated on December 2022.
Can we eat moong dal during navratri fast?
no lentils can be consumed during navratri and that includes moong dal also.
I tried your vegetable paratha.
Came out very well.
Keep posting ☺
hey rejni pleased to know your kids liked the vegetable paratha 🙂 thankyou.
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Was waiting for navratri recipes and now it is . Was wondering why there isn’t any navratri recipe when navratri is gonna start.
harsimrat, we have a big collection of navratri recipes already posted.