Purnima holds immense religious and spiritual significance for Hindus, serving as one of the most auspicious days for various religious activities. It is widely regarded as a profoundly sacred day. The full moon day that falls during the Ashwin month is celebrated as Sharad Purnima or Ashwin Purnima.
It is believed that there is only one day in the entire year when the Moon displays all its 16 phases before us. On this day, women prepare kheer and place it under the moonlight. This year, Sharad Purnima is being observed today, October 28 at 4:17 AM and ends on October 29 at 1:53 AM. If you want to prepare kheer on this occasion, the recipe below is a must-try.
Milk – 1 litre
Rice – 1 cup
Chopped cashews – 8 or 10
Chopped almonds – 8 or 10
Sugar – 1 cup (100 grams)
Pistachios chopped – 1 tablespoon
Raisins – 1 tablespoon
Saffron threads – 12 or 13
Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon
To prepare saffron kheer, start by taking long-grained rice and giving it a good wash. Once cleaned, soak the rice in water for approximately 1 hour. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, pour some milk and add a single saffron thread. Stir this mixture with a spoon and set it aside for later use.
Heat milk in a large pot over medium heat. Once the milk boils, add the soaked rice and stir it in. Cover the pot and let the kheer cook for 15 to 20 minutes. After 5-6 minutes, reduce the heat and sweeten the kheer to your liking. Remember to stir occasionally to prevent the rice from sticking to the pot’s bottom.
Now, uncover the pot and check if the rice is well-cooked. Once the rice is done, add cashew nuts, almonds, pistachios, and saffron-infused milk. Mix them thoroughly using a ladle, which will change the kheer’s colour from white to saffron. Finally, add cardamom powder, let it cook for a bit longer, and then turn off the heat. Your special saffron kheer for Sharad Purnima is ready to be offered to deities and shared with others as Prasad.