Khira is one of the signature Odia dessert recipe that is offered as Mahaprasad to lord Jagannath in Puri. This delicious recipe with thickened milk and crumbled paneer creates a sensational sweet taste in your taste bud. This Khira recipe has been flavored with cardamom powder which gives a beautiful fragrance to the dish and addition of an exotic fruit like Sitaphal or Custard apple in this makes it more succulent.
Sitaphal or Custard apple is also known as Sharifa is a tropical fruit that has a sweet and custard like creamy flesh which is a beautiful combination sweet flavor and grainy texture. Because of its beautiful flavor and texture, it is used in making soufflés , mousses, smoothies, ice-cream etc. One of the best way to preserve this is to buy custard apple when in season and deseed them and keep in the freezer for later use.
This is a very proud moment in the life of every Indian as we are celebrating the 70th Independence Day. Independence of India is the great pride as it was obtained over years after facing a variety of obstacles and hurdles. A country with different culture, religion language inter playing with each other harmoniously. This unique recipe of khira with custard apple is all the more special to me because we the Bloggers of Foodie Monday BlogHop is celebrating our #53rd week with the theme of #tricolor recipes and I have chosen the color White for the theme of my dish.The middle part of the Indian national flag is designed using white colour which represents the honesty, purity and peace of the nation. According to the Indian philosophy, white colour also represents the cleanliness and knowledge. It lightens the path of truth in order to guide the nation.
This classic sweet dish enhanced with the sweet and grainy custard apple pulp leaves a unique flavor that lingers in your taste buds for a long time to come. This dessert tastes great when served chilled and preferred to be stored in earthenware pots. No one can escape the sweet and lovely fragrance of the custard apple that fills the room as soon as you open this beautiful Khira to be served to your guests.
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￼ Khira is one of the signature Odia dessert recipe that is offered as Mahaprasad to lord Jagannath in Puri. This delicious recipe with thickened milk and crumbled paneer creates a sensational sweet taste in your taste bud. This Khira recipe has been flavored with cardamom powder which gives a beautiful fragrance to the dish and addition of an exotic fruit like Sitaphal or Custard apple in this makes it more succulent.
De seed the custard apples and scoop out the flesh from the custard apple.Collect all the pulps and place them on a sieve over a large deep bowl. Start pressing the pulp with the back of your spoon and you will notice the seeds getting separated from the pulp and the smooth pulp getting collected in the bowl underneath.
Collect the pulp and kept in the refrigerator to be cooled and used later.
Place the full fat milk over gas and add the crushed cardamoms to it. Once it starts to boil, lower the gas and let it simmer till it reduces to half of it's quantity. Stir n regular intervals so that the milk doesnot stick to the bottom.
Now powder the cashews but leave some chunks in it and add to the reduced milk.
Now over the reduced milk, grate the paneer and add it to the milk and let it boil for minimum 15 to 20 minutes or till you find the milk has reduced to it's 1/3 rd capacity.
Switch off the gas and let the Khira become cool and then add the custard apple puree to it. Make sure that the Khira is completely cool before adding the custard apple puree to it.
Pour these into earthern pots and chill them in the refrigerator.
Garnish with Chopped Pistachios and some saffron and serve chilled.
Note: I have not added sugar in this recipe as the Sitaphal is quite sweet , but if you are making it without sitaphal, you can add 1/4 th cup sugar to it. In the traditional recipe, saffron and pistachios are not used , I have added for depicting the three colors of our National Flag. If you are using the fresh Chena , you can crumble them add to the Khira, but if you are using frozen paneer, then you have to grate them.