Friday, 3 June 2011

Papaya Kheer

Papaya kheer

I had recently bought about three books on Ayurveda and the best part about them was that they gave everyday recipes rather than recipes with herbs I will never find where I am. I tried to follow the recipe as closely as possible but ended up adding few of my own touch like adding apple, using almond powder instead of nut paste made by soaking nuts overnight. I am sure soaking the nuts will increase their nutritive value but I did not get to the soaking business. My thinking is that I need to understand and appreciate how ingredients can be combined to get optimum benefits from ingesting them. With that framework I am hoping to make practical recipe that can be made quickly from scratch and ofcourse be healthy.

½ or 1 ripe papaya, depending on size, mashed with fork
1 apple, finely chopped
¼ cup almond powder or paste made with mixed nut
2-3 tablespoon dessicated coconut
2-3 tablespoon brown sugar/powdered jaggery
2 cups milk
Few pinches of cardamom powder
1 teaspoon ghee

Heat the ghee in a saucepan or kadai and add the papaya and apple. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, until the fruits become soft and mushy

Add the sugar, nut paste or almond powder, coconut and cardamom powder and cook for a few minutes so they all come together

Add milk and simmer for 10-15 minutes

Garnish with raisins or nuts and serve


  1. This is so awesome! I love papaya!! Was wondering if the kheer will have the typical papaya after taste. Thats what my kids don't like :(

  2. Harini, I quite like papaya mainly because it is so good for health but honestly I am not a a fan of its smell and flavour and must say that surprisingly it was hard to guess there was papaya in the kheer. ur kids may like it because the papaya is well hidden but if u love papaya, you may be slightly dissappointed

  3. Yummy yum... I have never tried making something like this with papaya..:) superb..