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Barnyard Millet and Coconut Milk Kheer: A Nutritious and Delicious Dessert

As a kid, kheer, traditionally made with milk and rice, was my all-time favorite dessert. I am giving a healthy twist to the traditional delicacy By substituting rice with barnyard millet. The Millet Kheer in Coconut Milk is a tasty and healthy recipe that combines the goodness of barnyard millet with the richness of coconut milk. It's not only delicious, but it also reflects the importance of well-being. The recipe is easy to make and has a great blend of flavors that you won't want to miss.

Barnyard Millet Kheer

Millet Kheer is an indulgent dessert made using barnyard millet, a highly nutritious grain often overlooked in favor of more popular grains. Barnyard millet is packed with essential minerals, fiber, protein, And more micronutrients (iron and zinc) than other cereal, making it a great addition to any diet. It's also gluten-free, which is suitable for people with dietary restrictions. With its wholesome properties, barnyard millet adds a nutritious twist to the classic Millet Kheer, making it a dessert that's not only indulgent but also healthy. The barnyard millet is perfectly complemented by coconut milk's smooth and velvety texture, commonly used in many traditional cuisines due to its unique tropical flavor. Besides its culinary appeal, coconut milk also offers a range of health benefits. It is rich in healthy fats that provide instant energy, and its medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are associated with various health benefits, including improved heart health and better weight management.

Almond flour is added to enhance this kheer's nutritional value and flavor profile, providing a nutty richness and a boost of vitamin E. The dish is sweetened with maple syrup, a natural sweetener that maintains a low glycemic index and promotes good health. The aromatic combination of cardamom powder and saffron strands infuses the kheer with an exotic warmth, tantalizing the senses with each spoonful. To add a final touch to the Millet Kheer, it is garnished with pistachios and edible rose petals. The pistachios add a satisfying crunch and provide healthy fats and protein. On the other hand, the edible rose petals bring a subtle floral note and a touch of elegance to the dish, enhancing its aesthetics and gastronomy.

In culinary exploration, Millet Kheer in Coconut Milk is a perfect example of how traditional recipes could be both delicious and healthy. This delightful dessert is an indulgence and a celebration of nature's bountiful goodness when we choose our ingredients wisely.

Serves- 4

Preparation Time -5 minutes

Cooking Time- 30 Minutes

Total Time – 35 minutes



Ingredients for Barnyard Millet kheer

Barnyard Millet – ½ cup

Water- 1 ¼ cup

Coconut Milk- 2 cups

Almond Flour- 1/3 cup

Maple syrup – ½ cup

Cardamom Powder ½ tsp

Saffron – 20 strands

To Garnish

Pistachio- 10 roughly chopped

Rose Petals


1. Clean ½ cup of barnyard millet twice with clean water. Add 1 1/4th cup of water and rinse the millet in a heavy-base stainless steel pot. Cover the pot and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Switch off the stove.

Cooking Barnyard millet

Cooked barnyard millet

2. Add 2 cups of coconut milk to a clay or heavy-based stainless steel pot. Let it boil for 10 minutes on medium flame.

Boiling Coconut milk

3. Add cooked millet to the boiling coconut milk. Stir it nicely.  Cook it for 5 minutes.

Adding cooked barnyard millet in coconut milk

cooking barnyard millet kheer

4. Add almond flour, cardamom powder, saffron, and maple syrup one by one. Stir well. Cook it for another 5 minutes. Switch off the stove.

Adding almond flour to barnyard millet

Adding cardamom powder and saffron to millet kheer

Adding maole syrup to kheer

5. Garnish it with pistachio and edible rose petals. Keep it in the refrigerator and serve it cold.


Barnyard millet kheer



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Nov 22, 2023
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Yum!!! Looks delicious!! 😋

Nov 22, 2023
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Thanks 😍

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