Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Butternut Squash Kheer (Pumpkin Kheer)

The Butternut squash kheer is a delightful combination of squash, milk, sugar, cardamom, nuts and raisins. Butternut squash is a type of winter squash that is similar to pumpkin. I was of the opinion that squash was a vegetable until recently, but learnt that it is a fruit and wanted to try this kheer. My family and friends thought that this was Badam (almond) kheer and did not believe it was made of squash!!

Ingredients - Serves 4
  • Cubed butternut squash - 1 cup
  • Milk (skim or whole) - 2 cups
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cashew nut pieces - 2 tbsp
  • Raisins - 2 tbsp
  • Sugar or sugar free - 1 cup
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp

  • Cook the squash and mash it well with a potato masher or laddle
  •  In a heavy bottomed vessel boil the milk with sugar until the milk thickens up
  • Add the mashed squash to the milk  and cook the squash in milk well
  • Add cardamom powder and let it boil until you get a nice kheer consistency (add water if needed)
  • Heat the pan with 1 tbsp of ghee, fry cashew nuts and raisins
  • Add fried cashew nuts and raisins to the kheer
  • Serve hot or chill
Tips - To make this as a low calorie drink use skim milk, sugar free and dry roast the cashew and raisins in the oven

Nutritional Information
  • Butternut squash is rich in carotene, omega3 fatty acids and folate
  • Squash has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties
  • Per serving = 300 calories approximately

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