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Navratri is just around the corner, and it is that time of the year when we have to adjust our eating choices as per the requirements of observing vrat (fasting). This does not mean that vrat food cannot be delicious and satiate your taste buds. Amaranth or rajgira halwa is a wonderful pudding-like dessert option, which is gluten-free, tasty, nutrient rich, and fits the bill when it comes to Navratri food.
As per research published by Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, amaranth or rajgira is loaded with calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and Vitamin C. The research also highlights that the antioxidant properties in this flour can help lower oxidative stress and ward off free radical damage.
This easy to make halwa recipe is bound to not just curb your hunger pangs but also provide a host of health benefits!
This is what you will need:
Here’s how to make amaranth/rajgira halwa
Step 1: On a medium flame, heat milk and add sugar when you notice the milk boil. Now, lower down the flame of the pot.
Step 2: Take a heated pan and add ghee to it. Then add amaranth/rajgira flour and sauté for 4 to 5 mins. Be on the lookout for a nutty aroma and brown coloration of the ingredients.
Step 3: When you observe the brown coloration, gently add milk to the flour. Stir the ingredients on medium heat.
Step 4: Add cardamom powder, cashew, and almonds when the milk has been absorbed and sheera/treacle recedes to the sides of the pan.
Step 5: Mix the ingredients well for 2 to 3 minutes and then switch off the flame.
Your amaranth/rajgira halwa is ready!
You can store this halwa in an airtight container, and keep it in a refrigerator for up to 5 days.
So, ladies, try this easy recipe and enjoy a delicious dessert this Navratri!