GUEST POST BY KAREN D’SOUZA
When we talk about Indian desserts, we know they consist of fried foods made with sugar, milk or condensed milk. As much as they look and taste delicious, some of us hesitate to eat too much of them because we are concerned about our ever increasing calories. But, instead of keeping away from these delicacies, I always try and find a way around it.
Here, I have tried this easy and quick recipe for kheer, where I have replaced the unhealthy elements with healthy options.
The coconut milk gives the kheer a rich taste.
Jaggery not only makes it sweet, but is also nutritious as it is rich in iron.
Oats is a good source of dietary fibre.
Cardamom is the flavor enhancer as in most Indian desserts.
1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
½ cup quick-cooking oats
3 cups coconut milk
⅓ cup grated jaggery or add as per taste
¼ teaspoon cardamom powder
3 to 4 almonds – chopped (optional)
3 to 4 pistachios – chopped (optional)
6 to 7 cashew nuts – chopped (optional)
1 tablespoon golden raisins – chopped (optional)
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Karen Lavina D’souza
Food Blogger & Enthusiast, Recipe Developer
About the Author
Karen was born in Kuwait and raised in Mangalore, India. Though she loved eating, she never entered a kitchen until her mid-twenties when she passionately began cooking for her baby sister and boyfriend (husband now). Till then, cooking was probably not even on her list of passions. But after a lot of experimentation and kitchen accidents, Karen now finds cooking therapeutic. She believes it is an art that gives her a sense of satisfaction when she prepares dishes for her friends and family, especially her little one.
Her dishes are usually simple and include easy-to-find ingredients. Her goal is to provide busy moms with tried and tested quick recipe options. So, in the midst of running around after your kids, cleaning boogers off your clothes or simply trying to steal some time for a bubble bath, you can still prepare these easy but delicious meals for your loved ones as well as yourself.
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