Guess what is happening here? Yet another Blogging Marathon!! This time there are 2 groups of 12 bloggers each. A list of themes have been outlined by Srivalli, who started this Marathon. Each of us have chosen a theme and will post one recipe from the theme selected, everyday for 7 consecutive days starting today. I will be cooking some interesting stuff and sending them to different online blogging events this week.  


I am starting my marathon with this 'sweet' experiment of mine, Sago-Carrot-Almond Kheer. I have prepared Carrot-Almond Kheer and Almond Kheer, but never used Sago in kheer. My experience with Sago Kheer has not been very interesting so far and I suspect the quality of sago to be the culprit. But I wanted to give this combo a try and it has been a very successful experiment. Now, I believe that my formula of adding carrots and almonds to a dessert kheer is a foolproof idea and it won't fail you :)


I made this kheer for a religious occasion at a friend's place. Feel free to alter the proportions as per taste. 
Sago Carrot Almond Kheer


Ingredients - 


Sago / Saggubiyyam / Sabudana 3/4 cup
Milk 7 cups + 2 Tbsp to soak the saffron
Sugar 1 3/4 cups
Carrots Shredded 1 cup
Almonds 1/4 cup (roasted and powdered)
Cardamom Powder 1 tsp
Saffron / Kesar 5-6 strands (Optional)
Ghee 1 tsp 
Cashews and Raisins for garnish


Method Of Preparation - 


Wash and soak sago for about 4-6 hrs in about 1/2 cup of water. (I understand that this step is optional based on the type of sago. I used the variety of sago available in the local Indian stores and I cooked as per the cooking instructions printed on the pack).


To make the process faster, boil the milk in the microwave (or stove top) while simultaneously boiling sago in 3 cups of water in a separate pan on the stove top.


It took about 10 min for the sago to cook through and looked transparent. Make sure it is continuously stirred as it tends to get burnt.


Drain the sago and set it aside. (Discard the water. I actually thought I could use the water for something else, but after a few hours, I realized that it was smelling not so good. So had to throw away the water).


In a heavy bottomed pan, add ghee and roast the cashews and raisins until the cashews attain a golden brown hue and the raisins are plump. Remove from the pan and set aside.


Sago Carrot Almond Kheer


Soak the saffron strands in 2 Tbsp of milk for about 4-5 min.


In the same pan, fry the shredded carrots for about 2 min and then add the milk, sugar and almond powder and let it simmer for about 4-5 min. (Make sure the carrots are cooked).


Now is the time to add the drained sago which has been set aside. Also mix in the saffron infused milk and mix well. 


Add cardamom powder, give it a gentle stir and remove from fire.


Garnish with the roasted cashews and raisins and enjoy the warm kheer going down your throat on a wintry day!! aah..


Sending this warm kheer to Priya Mitharwals 'Celebrate Sweets - Warm Desserts' event started by Nivedita.



My fellow marathoners are surely cooking up some magic in their kitchens..Lets take a peek..
Divya VikramJayKamalikallaPadma RekhaPavaniPriya MahadavanPriya SureshSuma GandlurVatsalaVeena Krishnakumar, and Priya Vaasu.



Preparation Time 45 min 
Makes about 10 cups

23 comments

  1. yum, yum Harini i have boomarked this. I just made sago payasam but love this addition of almonds to it. As soon as i blog about it, i will let u know

     
  2. lovely kheer and perfect for a party.

     
  3. Jayashree Says:
  4. Love the addition of cashews and almonds to this.

     
  5. Priya Says:
  6. Woww kheer looks extremely inviting,rich and so creamy..

     
  7. Srivalli Says:
  8. Not sure if my comment came thr!..but that kheer looks great..Nice way to start the marathon for sure..:)

     
  9. Very delicious kheer..

     
  10. the kheer looks so tempting and inviting with the 3 delicious combos.

     
  11. ila Says:
  12. wow wonderful and delicious :) Very innovative :) .....

     
  13. veena Says:
  14. very innovative..Almonds and carrots..! grt combo:)

     
  15. Now Serving Says:
  16. Really tempting bowls of carrot kheer - Harini! YUM! Nice pics!

     
  17. Vatsala. Says:
  18. Looking Delicious.
    Show and Tell

     
  19. aipi Says:
  20. That looks luscious.. what a great combo!!


    US Masala

     
  21. great combination ...yummy and healthy kheer ...looks delicious ..

     
  22. Reshmi Says:
  23. Kheer looks YUM!! very inviting.. wanna grab one.. :D

    Rasoi

     
  24. Suma Gandlur Says:
  25. The color of the kheer is so appealing. I love combining ingredients while preparing kheers. I use the almond - carrot combo usually with the vermicelli. Next time will give it a try with sago.

     
  26. The Foodie Says:
  27. The payasam is simply delicious looking...very nice colour too..would love to give this a try.

     
  28. Pavani Says:
  29. Looks sooooo delicious Harini. Will have to try this one soon.

     
  30. PJ Says:
  31. Super yummy kheer :)

     
  32. OOhh Saggubiyyam and carrot interesting combination Harini and beautiful color too looks great dear.
    Yes Harini India vachesamu safe gaa demudi daya thank you so much for thinking about me dear.
    Padma.

     
  33. Kankana Says:
  34. this looks like a very tasty treat ! :)

     
  35. PriyaVaasu Says:
  36. Pass me the bowl please!!! its been a long time since we had something sweet!!!! your picture is damn tempting!!!!

     
  37. Usha Says:
  38. Mouthwatering kheer and love the pictures!

     
  39. Eat Hearty Says:
  40. Ooooo....delicious!!!


    Ankita
    http://eat-hearty.blogspot.com/

     
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