I tried to deviate from the normal kheer/ pudding that is usually prepared during this time of the year for Durga Puja. So prepared Green Papaya Chia Seeds Pudding / Kheer, that is rarely done in any household and is very uncommon. But frankly speaking it is an equally yummy dessert. You've got to prepare to believe it.
It is a very soothing and a refreshing kheer with the goodness of chia seeds and of course green papaya for its soothing effect. I sometimes have it as a side dish with parathas or puri. It's simply divine. So go ahead and give it a try and serve it chilled, garnished with saffron and chopped pista.
- 1 cup grated raw papaya
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds soaked in 1 cup water overnight
- 1-2 tbsp. ghee
- 500 ml milk
- 2-3 green cardamoms
- pinch of salt
- sugar to taste
- 2-3 tbsp. chopped pistachios
- pinch of saffron
- 1/4 tsp. cardamom powder
- 1 tsp. kewra / rose water
Heat ghee in a pan and saute the grated papaya for 2-3 minutes. Keep aside. Bring the milk to a boil. Add the green cardamoms and a pinch of salt and simmer for 4-5 minutes.
Add the papaya and continue to simmer on a low flame, by stirring at intervals. When the papaya turns soft, add the sugar and the chopped pistachios (reserving some for the garnish).
When the kheer turns slightly thick, switch off the flame. Add the kewra / rose water, cardamom powder and the saffron.
Just before serving, add the soaked chia seeds. Garnish with the remaining pista and serve it chilled in individual bowls.