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Pumpkin Kheer ( vrat / Fast recipe ) for Navaratri / Ekadashi

Radha Natarajan
5 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
5 People
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ABOUT Pumpkin Kheer ( vrat / Fast recipe ) for Navaratri / Ekadashi RECIPE

During Navarathri or Ekadashi whille fasting potatoes or sweet potatoes are widely consumed, which is not a great healthy choice, instead opt for pumpkins.Not only do they cause some stomach problems later on but also not good for weight management and most of those who fast or go on Vrat are usually the middle aged or seniors who suffer invariably from some kind of weight issue , diabetic or are having hyper tension. Try to include pumpkins in many dishes and rely less on potatoes during these days, not only are these great choices but also good for weight management. The nutritional values of both varieties of pumpkins, white or yellow is unbelievable. Pumpkin fruit is one of the widely grown vegetables incredibly rich in vital antioxidants, and vitamins. Rich in vitamin A, and flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, xanthin, and has carotenes in abundance. It is one of the very low calorie vegetables.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Navratas
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Simmering
  • Dessert
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 5

  1. 2 cups peeled chopped yellow pumpkins
  2. 1 cup thick milk
  3. 1 tsp ghee
  4. 1 tbsp cashew nuts and raisins
  5. saffron strands
  6. A pinch of cardamom powder
  7. 3-4 tbsp powdered light jaggery / or sugar


  1. Either grate the pumpkin or chop them to smaller cubes . Cook them till soft.
  2. If you are using cubed pumpkin instead off grating them then puree it in a blender.
  3. In a pan add the ghee, if using the grated pumpkin , sautee in the ghee , add some milk and let it cook till soft.
  4. Add the powdered jaggery/ sugar and the saffron strands after soaking in warm milk, keep flame on very low till the kheer thickens.
  5. If using cooked pumpkin cubes, after blending them, add the puree to the ghee, let it cook for few minutes , then proceed as mentioned above.
  6. Add rest of the milk after the kheer thickens well.
  7. Serve warm or chilled.
  8. Add in the cardamom powder, toasted cashew-nuts and raisins.

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Amita Chopra
Amita Chopra   Mar-22-2018

Very nice :ok_hand::ok_hand:

Kirti Talwar
Kirti Talwar   Mar-21-2018


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