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Louki ki Kheer

Bottlegourd kheer

Bottlegourd Kheer

 

A very happy Krishna Janmastmi to all my readers !!

‘ Janmastami ‘ or ‘ Krishna Jayanti ‘ is one of the most popular Festivals celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion throughout the country. This is the birthday of Lord Krishna, considered as the most powerful human incarnation of Lord.

Lord Krishna is the most glorious incarnations of Lord Vishnu, who was born into this world to help people get rid of evil demons. The celebrations are held for two days ,one is Krishnastami a.k.a Gokulastami and the second day is known as Janmastami .

 

Bottlegourd Kheer

 

According to the Hindu calendar this religious festival is celebrated on ‘Ashtami’ or the eighth day of Krishna Paksh or dark fortnight on the month of Shravan (August).In simple word Janmastmi is celebrated after 8 days of Raksha Bnadhan. As the story goes he was born in the dark half of the month and at the darkest hour of midnight. Lord Krishna devotees observe fast throughout the day and night and offer prayers in their own unique way.

 

Bottlegourd Kheer

 

Celebrations are held on a grand scale in all Krishna temples all over India, especially the ones in Vrindavan, Mathura (lord krishna’s birth place). Celebrations are also held in many individual houses . The atmosphere is filled with joy and exultation as everyone rejoices the birth of Vishnu’s incarnation who has been born to give security to the suffering humanity. Many Sweets are  made during this festival and temples are decorated with colourful lights and flowers witness an extravagant and colorful celebration on this occasion.

While first day is for worship Lord Krishna ,second is celebrated as Nand Mahostav ,. Which is celebrated in praise and gratitude to Nand, the ruler of the cowherds of Nandgaon where Krishna grew up and lived in his childhood.

 

Bottlegourd Kheer


Janmastmi fasts are of two types one is  Nirjal Fast and another one is Phalahar Fast. In Former one,  people observe fast without taking a drop of water where the later is lenient, which allows devotee to consume milk, juices and savteek foods. On the occasion of Janmastmi only certain kind of flour and grains can be consumed like kuttu ka ata (water chestnut flour), singhare ka ata (buckwheat flour),arrowroot flour and amaranth flour, where in Odisha and Bengol there is no such restriction. Nowadays people follow their own way to observe fast. In Odisha, people observe Nirjala fast , however having whole wheat flour  is quite ok.

 

Bottlegourd Kheer

Bottlegourd Kheer

 

Today I am sharing Louki ki kheer recipe. Louki is also known as dudhi a.k.a Bottle gourd. This is one of the tastiest and easiest kheer recipe which can be made during any occasion including Navratri. This is the first time I am making Louki ki kheer and my daughter, who doesn’t like any milk product and Ghee, loved to have it from my photo shoot itself. I couldn’t stop myself by posting a picture of her. And here are few  more recipes which can be made during this auspicious occasion .

Mango Srikhand

Strawberry Shrikhand

Papaya coconut ladoo

Coconut Ladoo

5minute Besan ladoo

Sattu ki Burfi

carrot kalakand

 

 

 

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Louki ki Kheer
Bottlegourd Kheer
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
person
Ingredients
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
person
Ingredients
Bottlegourd Kheer
Instructions
  1. Peel the bottle gourd , cut into pieces and grate it using a fine grater.
  2. Squeeze out excess water by pressing a handful of grated louki in between your palm.
  3. Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan.
  4. Fry cashew nuts, raisins for few seconds, remove them and keep and keep aside.
  5. Now add grated , squeezed louki and fry them for 3-4 minutes in low flame.
  6. Till the louki seems dry and all water evaporate.
  7. Now pour milk , stir once and let in cook for 15 -20 minutes in very low flame.
  8. Stir occasionally.
  9. Finally add cardamom powder, Sugar and fried nuts (keep few nuts for garnishing).
  10. Switch off the flame .
  11. Cool down the kheer completely.
  12. Add salt, stir once and pour rose water.
  13. Garnish the delicious kheer with nuts and dried rose petals .
  14. Chill the kheer for 30 minutes before serving.
  15. Enjoy !!!
Recipe Notes
  • I didn’t add fried nuts in kheer as I like to have kheer in this way.
  • Saffron enhance the taste of Kheer so please do add if you have .
  • Don’t skip adding Rose water and salt.
  • Salt can be added with grated bottle gourd while frying them.

Bottlegourd Kheer

 

Here are few more Janmastami recipes ::

Mathrua ke pede by Shalu jain

Panjiri by Soma mukherjee

panjiri by Sarika singh

Pal Khova by  Lathiya Shanmugasundaram

Chenna payas by Rosy Nayak

Strawberry sondesh by Sasmita sahoo samanta

Pistachio cookies by Neelima katti

 

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shibani

Cooking is my passion.i love to play with myriad tastes of spices . I belong to a odiya family by birth but marriade to a bengoli person.the crash of cultures between two families induced me to cook innovatively so as to make everyone happy.

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