It is a nutritious and heavenly delicious Gujarati sweet dish prepared from cracked wheat, milk and lots of dry fruits. In Gujarat, people celebrate festivals like Makar Sankranti (Uttarayan – a kite festival) by preparing, eating and sharing homemade sweet khichdo. Khichdo is heavy to digest and is ideal for winter months in providing the much needed energy to the body.
2 cups wheat bran
1 Tbsp Ghee
2 cups sugar
1 ltr milk
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
4 raisins (kismis)
4 cashewnuts (kaju)
4 walnuts (akhrot)
4 almonds (badam)
Saffron Strands as required
1. Heat ghee in a pan over medium flame. Add wheat bran and roast until it becomes light brown in color.
2. Add milk and mix well. Boil over low flame until fully cooked. Stir occasionally in between to prevent sticking.
3. Add sugar and stir continuously until it becomes thick in consistency.
4. Add cardamom powder, half of dry fruits (raisins, almonds, cashew nuts, walnut) and mix well.
Garnish khichdo with the remaining dry fruits and serve hot or chilled.