I visited Rajgir; an ancient city of Indian state of Bihar by car; it is surrounded by hills, there is natural hot springs. It is believed that it has medicinal value. On the way we were passing through Silao in Nalanda district.
Silao Khaja, the traditional delicacy of Nalanda district of Bihar, has recently got GI tag from the Geographical Indications Registry . ‘Khaja Dudh’ the soul satisfying and authentic recipe which is like kheer or milk pudding.
On the occasion of Sharad-Purnima; traditionally this recipe is prepared almost in every home in the locality.
It gives me immense pleasure to upload the recipe; have lots of happy memories of my childhood. It is believed that on Sharad-Purnima; special beneficial rays (amrut) from the moon fall on the earth surface during night and devotees keep this kheer overnight under moon light and next morning distributes it as Prasad. The moonlight rays also boost mental and physical health and raise happiness and positivity.
Note: If you do not have khaja, you can use any type of khari biscuit instead, which are readily available in the super market.( see the photo)
Use one teaspoon ghee along with sugar, adding ghee to the recipe gives extra flavor and taste.
- Khaja: 100gm or any type of khari biscuit
- Milk: 1 liter
- Sugar: 40-50 gm.
- Vanilla/ kewada essence: ½ teaspoon
- Green cardamom: 4 nos.
- Break khaja into 4 pieces, keep aside.
- Make powder of green cardamom. Keep aside.
- Boil the milk for 10 minutes; add sugar let it boil for couple of minutes; add broken Khaja, continue to cook on medium flame for a minutes. Put off the flame.
- Add cardamom powder and essence; cover the lid for couple of minutes; transfer into serving bowl or serve directly.