Makar sankranti is one of the few Indian festivals which fall on the same day every year i.e. on 14th Jan. The day is considered very auspicious as it marks the beginning of the harvest season. Every state of India has numerous way to celebrate Makar Sankranti. In Rajasthan, this festival is celebrated with sweets like Ghever, Til-Papdi, Til-Ladoo, Dodhiya Kheech and so many different types of Ghajaks made with Gur (Jaggery). And yes, how can I forget…it is the official day for flying kites for the whole day… The sky becomes next to invisible as innumerable kites cover it. People form groups and fly kites, to enjoy the event to its full. With each cut loose of a kite, people fill the environment shouting “kata re kata re”.
My mom used to prepare Dodhiya Kheech (whole wheat kheer) I know many of you out there haven’t even heard of this dessert……. So here is the recipe. This is my mom’s recipe try out and let me know what you think of it.
- 1 cup- Whole Wheat (husk removed)
- 1 cup- Milk
- 1 cup-Sugar
- Saffron few strands
- Dry fruits
How to remove the husk of the wheat.
- Spread the whole wheat on a big plate.
- Sprinkle the water over it and let it soak for 15-30 minutes.
- Then slightly crush it in the big mortar and a pastel or in food processor
- Rub it between your hands and remove its outer layer.
- Let it dry.
- Soak wheat for 5-6 hours, then cook in a pressure cooker for 5-7 whistles.
- Boil milk till it turns half in quantity.
- Then mix cooked wheat, sugar & again cook it.
- When kheech completely mix with milk & get a good consistency then add dry fruits and saffron.
- Enjoy 🙂