Janmashtami 2022: 5 Quirky Kheer Recipes To Celebrate The Day

August is the month of festivals and holidays, and we are not complaining one bit. After Rakhi, Teej, and Independence Day, we are looking forward to Janmashtami. One of the most widely celebrated Indian festivals, Janmashtami, is the celebration of Lord Krishna’s birth. Lord Krishna is the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He descended upon the earth on what is defined as the ‘Dwapar Yuga’, according to Hindu Vedas. Not only did he help Mathura get rid of the evil king Kansa (also his maternal uncle). But later on, he also played a crucial role in the Mahabharata, ensuring Pandavas win the gruesome battle with his wit and intelligence.  

In the Hindu scriptures, Lord Krishna is known for his penchant for food. Fondly called the ‘Makhan Chor’ (or the ‘butter-thief’), Lord Krishna is treated with a special ‘Chappan Bhog’ - a meal of 56 items. That’s right. Kheer or rice-based milk is a usual suspect. Kheer is a favourite when it comes to Indian festivals, but what makes it our favourite is its versatility. It can be made in myriad ways, and here are some quirky kheer recipes you can try this Janmashtami.  

1. Sitaphal Kheer

Sitaphal or custard apple is a seasonal fruit, with green, textured skin and white, soft flesh. Custard apple is being used to make delish, artisanal ice creams too, just imagine the burst of flavour it will bring about in your kheer.  

2. Badam Kheer

Using nuts and dry fruits to enrich the kheer is a common practice, but using these nuts as a hero ingredient can also yield yummy results. This kheer made with almond paste, milk, sugar, and cardamom is sure to be the highlight of the day.

3. Paneer Kheer

Kheer made with paneer (or chenna) is infinitely richer and creamier than your regular kheer made with just milk, sugar and nuts. Use freshly grated paneer and full-fat milk for the best experience.  

4. Jhangore Ki Kheer

Jhangora means barnyard millet, it is also known as sama and is a popular vrat ingredient. Several devotees fast on this auspicious occasion to seek Lord Krishna’s blessings. This kheer made with sama, condensed milk and nuts is not only delicious to the core, but also very energetic for those observing the fasts.  

5. Mango-Sabudana Kheer

Sabudana is yet another vrat-favourite. Also, popular as tapioca pearls, these mini, spongy ballas make for an excellent addition in a kheer. Add the goodness of ripe, sweet mangoes to the pudding and you have a winner.