What comes to your mind when we say Hyderabadi cuisine? The most prompt reply will by Hyderabadi biryani. Famous all across the country, Hyderabadi biryani is definitely one of the most popular dishes hailing from Deccan region. But the cuisine here doesn't limit itself up till biryani. In fact, it has a rich, extensive and an unabridged royal saga that lies in the history of the Nizams. Hyderabadi cuisine borrows a lot from the princely legacy of the Nizams of Hyderabad and at the same time is also an amalgamation of Mughlai and South Indian cooking styles. This union of two rich cooking styles helps create a unique flavour that makes Hyderabadi cuisine one of the most sought after one among food aficionados.
In addition to biryani, haleem, Shikampuri kebab, Hyderabadi cuisine also offers various delicious desserts, (or as they call it Zauq-e-shahi) that can satiate your sweet cravings after a lavish, traditional meal. Some common dessert items like khubani ka meetha, shahi tukda and phirni are easily available all across the country. But if you explore, you will also find some unique recipes that will blow your mind with its flavours. One such delicious recipe is called anjeer ki kheer. Made with soaked figs, rice, khoya, sugar and milk, this traditional dessert melts in your mouth in no time.
Soaked figs have always been known to be a storehouse of antioxidants, minerals and fibre. Having them in the morning is deemed great for weight management. It also helps regulate bowel movement, manage blood pressure and keep various other diseases at bay. We found this delicious recipe that will give a whole new viewpoint about consumption of anjeer.
Anjeer ki kheer is prepared using different methods in different households. While some use rice paste, others prefer avoiding usage of rice. Here's a simple recipe that you can easily prepare at home for your next dinner party.
Hyderabadi Anjeer Ki Kheer Recipe:
For this particular recipe, you need anjeer, milk, rice, condensed milk and some elaichi powder. We prefer using some saffron strands for the colour and aroma, but you may include yellow food colour instead.
You need to soak anjeer overnight and make a smooth paste of it. Likewise, soak the rice (preferably fragrant rice) for a few hours and blend. Now, heat milk in a pan and add rice paste to it. Always remember, you must keep stirring to avoid formation of any kind of lump. Then add the anjeer paste to it and stir and boil till the while mix turns creamy and thick. Now add condensed milk, some saffron strands and bring everything to a boil on medium flame. Finally add some cardamom powder and serve. You can enjoy it both hot and cold.
Click here for the recipe. Try it today and treat your family with a unique dessert for the next meal.
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