Kheer/payasam is an Indian traditional dessert usually made on special occasions and festivals. It is the Indian version of pudding and has many lip-smacking variations. Pumpkin kheer is one among those.
Pumpkin Kheer is a delicious dessert recipe, which is just perfect for all those who are watching their weight and have a sweet tooth.
This pumpkin kheer can be relished by anyone with a sweet tooth. It can be an interesting and delicious dessert for those who are not a fan of pumpkin. If your kids do not eat pumpkin, you can make a kheer instead of normal pumpkin curry and see how soon they finish their bowls.
This delightful North Indian recipe is easy to prepare, requiring minimal ingredients and so tasty, yet healthy. Pumpkin has incredible health benefits. It is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
This unique and easy recipe is made using pumpkin, nuts, cardamom powder, nutmeg powder, sugar and ghee.
Pumpkin is generally sweet. So, making this recipe required less sweetener compared to other kheer recipes. I have used sugar, but for the healthier version you can use jaggery powder or maple syrup or honey or stevia as a sweetener.
2 cups of diced pumpkin
3 cups of milk (almond milk)
3 to 4 tablespoons of sugar
5 finely chopped almonds
5 finely chopped pistachios
Few strands of saffron
5 roughly chopped cashew nuts
½ tsp cardamom powder
¼ tsp nutmeg powder
½ tsp cinnamon powder
How to make pumpkin kheer
Boil the diced pumpkin pieces in a pressure cooker with 2 cups of water and wait for the pieces to become tender enough!
Allow the cooker to release the pressure naturally. Drain the extra water out and place the boiled pumpkins in a separate bowl. Don’t discard the water the water, you can use it while kneading the dough or in any gravy or soup preparation.
Mash the boiled pumpkins with a fork into a thick paste.
Add milk to a deep pan and bring it to a boil and let it simmer for 10 minutes on low-medium flame. Keep stirring it occasionally to ensure that it does not stick to the bottom and corners of the pan. When the milk is thickened, add the mashed pumpkin, saffron and let it simmer for at least 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to thicken.
Now, add sugar and mix it well. Let it simmer for another 5-7 minutes. Once done, add green cardamom powder, nutmeg powder, cinnamon powder, chopped nuts and mix well. . Check the consistency of kheer, if is thick and smooth, then it is ready to serve.
Try this drool-worthy dessert recipe and enjoy with your loved ones.