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What Is the Karwa Chauth Festival?
Karwa Chauth is a festival celebrated by married Hindu women in northern and western India. Traditionally, the festival is observed as a ritual day of fasting as the women pray for the safety and longevity of their husbands. The day-long fast is kept from sunrise to moonrise.
Pheni, a type of vermicelli, is a part of the traditional pre-dawn meal eaten by women who observe this fast. It is a simple and quick-to-prepare milk-based dessert that is absolutely delicious. You can also prepare it whenever you feel like having it; it is not only meant to be enjoyed on the day of Karwa Chauth. Do try it and share your experience.
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- 500 ml milk
- 50 grams fried pheni (vermicelli)
- 50 grams ground sugar
- 1/2 tsp eliachi (cardamom powder)
- 4 to 5 almonds, soaked in water for 2-3 hours, then skinned and sliced
- 4 to 5 cashews, soaked in water for 2-3 hours, then sliced
- 5 to 7 raisins
- Raisins, almonds and cashews, for garnish
- To a thick-bottomed pot, add the milk and sugar. Heat on medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves.
- Add the cardamom powder, sliced almonds, cashews and raisins. Let the milk come to a boil.
- Lower the heat to a simmer and add the fried pheni. Crush the pheni roughly before adding it in. Stir cook the pheni for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and transfer the pheni kheer to a serving bowl. Garnish with some sliced nuts and raisins. Serve hot.
Pheni Kheer Recipe: Karva Chauth Specialty
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