Cracked Wheat Kheer (Gavachi Kheer) in Instant Pot

How to Prepare Cracked Wheat Kheer in instant pot
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      Naga Panchami is a traditional festival, on this day worship of snakes observed by Hindus throughout India. Panchami is the fifth day among the fifteen days of the moon's waxing and/or waning. This special day of the snake worship always falls on the fifth day of the Hindu month of Shravan (July/August). (This year nagpanchmi is on 15th August 2018). Hence this is called Naga Panchami. On the Nag Panchami day, cobras(Naga), and snakes are worshipped with milk, sweets, flowers, wheat flour and jaggery lamps(कणकेचे दिवे), Wheat Kheer(गव्हाची खीर) and this puranache dind(पुरणाचे दिंड). In villages, the anthills(वारुळ) where the snakes are thought to reside, are searched. Incense is offered to the anthill as prayer along with milk (a traditional story of folklore to feed milk to the snakes) to ensnare snakes to come out of the anthill. After this, milk is poured into the hole in the anthill as a libation to the snake god.
            Gavhachi kheer is a traditional, authentic Maharashtrian delicacy, mainly prepares on the occasion of Nag Panchami. It is prepared from cracked wheat and to make it sweet, I have used jaggery. Preparing it in instant pot is really a very easy and simple task. You have to pour all the ingredients into the pot, close the lid and cook for 10 minutes, that is it. This is healthy as it contains lots of nutrients like fiber and Iron. Cracked wheat fits well in a low-fat diet. Here, I have used cracked wheat to prepare this kheer, you can use whole wheat if you have it. But I find it is a time-consuming process, so instead of whole wheat, I have used broken wheat. Let's start with the procedure.

Course : Dessert
Cuisine : Indian, Maharashtrian.
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 25 Minutes.
Servings: 4
Each Serving Contains 210 Calories.

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Ingredients :
  1. Cracked wheat ¼ cup
  2. Milk 1 ½ cup
  3. Jaggery(Brown Sugar) 1/4 cup
  4. Cashews, chopped 1 tbsp
  5. Almonds, chopped 1 tbsp
  6. Pistachios, chopped 1 tbsp
  7. Charoli / Chironji 1 tbsp
  8. Cardamom powder 1 Tsp
  9. Ghee 2 Tsp
  10. Saffron few strands + warm water 2 tbsp
  11. Water 1 cup(hot water)

Instructions :
  1. Turn on the instant pot to saute mode, once hot add ghee to the pot and add cracked wheat, almonds, cashews, pistachios to the pot.
  2. While continuously stirring, allow the cracked wheat to roast until you can smell it is fragrant and it turns a golden brown color.
  3. Add cardamom powder, jaggery, hot water, and hot milk stir well to incorporate the ingredients thoroughly.
  4. Place lid on pot and lock, place the vent on sealing position to prevent steam from escaping.
  5. Press cancel to turn off saute mode and press manual function and set the timer to 10 minutes.
  6. NPR for about 10 minutes and after 10 minutes, manually release any existing pressure.
  7. Open the lid, turn on saute mode of the IP and pour saffron and water mixture, ½ cup of milk and mix all well and cook for 2 minutes and it's ready to serve.
  8. Tadaa, delicious, tasty whole wheat kheer is ready to serve.
  9. Serve hot with wheat flour lamps or with wheat flour dind Enjoy!!!

My Take :
  1. I have used cracked wheat to prepare this kheer, you can use whole wheat if you have it.
  2. To make a vegan version you can use coconut oil instead of ghee.
  3. To make a vegan version you may use coconut milk instead of cow's milk.
  4. You can use brown sugar or any other sweetener instead of jaggery or gur.
  5. You may omit the raisins, almonds or cardamon based on personal preference
  6. The quantity of jaggery depends on your taste.

Dietary Comment :
Based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Per serving contains 210 calories, along with carbohydrates - 26.2 g, dietary fibers - 1.6 g, fats - 9 g, proteins - 6.5 g.

Health Benefits of Wheat Kheer :
  1. It is a superfood which is easily digestible, has a low glycemic index and has very low in calories and fat and also contribute to the well-being of the person.
  2. Cracked wheat is an excellent source of fiber. It provides 3 g of fiber per serving.
  3. Low in fat: Cracked wheat fits well in a low-fat diet. It has no saturated fat and cholesterol.
  4. Heart Health: Eating cracked wheat every day will help in thinning of the blood and helps the heart to perform the cardiovascular functions effectively.
  5. Diabetes: Broken wheat is a power-packed cereal which has all the essential vitamins and minerals. It also has a very low glycemic index.
  6. Anti-inflammatory properties: wheat has anti-inflammatory properties and hence is very useful in chronic inflammatory diseases such as osteoporosis, diabetes or heart diseases.

Good Time To Eat :
            It's good to eat wheat kheer as a dessert.
Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy!!!

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