Post the festivities of Teej, Eid, Onam and Raksha Bandhan, the festival of Janmashtami has arrived and followers of Lord Krishna can’t be more excited. One of the most widely celebrated festivals, Janmashtami falls on August 30, 2021 this time. It marks the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu as per scriptures. According to mythology, it is believed that Krishna would kill his uncle Kansa and save people from his cruelties. Not just that, Krishna also played a key role in the epic battle of Mahabharata by helping the Pandavas win it. Thus, he is one of the most revered Gods in Hindu culture and his birth is celebrated with much enthusiasm and fervour. 

Just like most of the Indian festivals, this too isn’t complete without a feast, which is actually offered to Lord Krishna as prasad. The festival involves many sweet and savoury preparations with special focus on desserts, as Lord Krishan loved noshing upon makhan misri in Vrindavan while growing up. Kheer is one Indian dessert that is given special attention on the day. The combination of milk, rice and sugar is an amazing one and never fails to impress those with a sweet tooth, no matter what the occasions might be.

Kheer, on a personal note, is one of the many reasons why I love Janmashtami. My mother makes makhane ki kheer on every Janmashtami and this is the only time in the year I get to relish this version of the Indian dessert. This is specifically made because many people observe fast on the festival and makhane ki kheer is a perfect vrat-friendly sweet that you can also offer in the bhog. All this pudding has puffy and crunchy fox nuts blend with milk, sugar and dry fruits! 

Not only does the fox nuts lends a subtle crunch to the kheer but also brings in a great flavour. Celebrate the festivity of Janmashtami with this amazing makhana kheer recipe.  

Find the full recipe here. Let us knnow how you liked it.