A Delightful Dessert: Ishva Foxtail Millet Kheer Recipe

A Delightful Dessert: Ishva Foxtail Millet Kheer Recipe


Welcome to our kitchen, where we bring you a delightful blend of traditional flavors and wholesome ingredients! Today, we're excited to share a special dessert recipe: Ishva Foxtail Millet Kheer. Kheer, a beloved Indian dessert, gets a nutritious twist with the addition of foxtail millet. This creamy, aromatic dish is perfect for festive occasions or whenever you crave a sweet treat that's also good for you. Let's dive into this easy-to-make, delicious recipe.


To prepare Ishva Foxtail Millet Kheer, gather the following ingredients:

  • Ishva Foxtail Millet: 1/4 cup
  • Milk: 4 cups
  • Jaggery or Sugar: 1/2 cup (adjust to taste)
  • Ghee: 1 tablespoon
  • Cardamom Powder: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Saffron Strands: A few strands (optional)
  • Cashew Nuts: 2 tablespoons
  • Almonds: 2 tablespoons, sliced
  • Raisins: 1 tablespoon
  • Water: 1 cup


Step 1: Preparation

  1. Rinse and Soak: Rinse the foxtail millet under running water. Soak it in enough water for about 15-20 minutes. Drain before using.

Step 2: Cooking the Millet

  1. Cook Foxtail Millet: In a saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Add the drained foxtail millet. Cover and simmer on low heat for about 10-12 minutes, or until the millet is cooked and water is absorbed. Set aside.

Step 3: Making the Kheer

  1. Boil Milk: In a heavy-bottomed pan, bring 4 cups of milk to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.

  2. Add Cooked Millet: Add the cooked foxtail millet to the simmering milk. Stir well and let it cook on low heat for about 15-20 minutes, until the millet blends well with the milk and the mixture thickens.

  3. Sweeten: Add jaggery or sugar to the kheer. Stir continuously until it dissolves completely. If using jaggery, make sure to add it off the heat to prevent curdling.

  4. Flavor: Add cardamom powder and saffron strands (if using) to the kheer. Mix well.

Step 4: Tempering

  1. Prepare Tempering: In a small pan, heat ghee over medium heat. Add cashew nuts, sliced almonds, and raisins. Sauté until they turn golden brown and aromatic.

  2. Combine: Add the tempered nuts and raisins to the kheer. Mix well.

Step 5: Serving

  1. Serve Warm or Chilled: Pour the kheer into serving bowls. You can enjoy it warm or chilled, depending on your preference.

  2. Garnish: Garnish with additional nuts and saffron strands for an elegant touch.

Health Benefits of Foxtail Millet

Foxtail millet is a nutrient-rich grain with several health benefits:

  • Rich in Fiber: Supports digestive health and keeps you full longer.
  • High in Protein: Provides essential amino acids for muscle repair and growth.
  • Low Glycemic Index: Helps regulate blood sugar levels.
  • Packed with Minerals: Contains iron, magnesium, and phosphorus for overall well-being.


Ishva Foxtail Millet Kheer is a delightful dessert that combines traditional flavors with modern health benefits. Perfect for festivals, special occasions, or simply to satisfy your sweet cravings, this kheer offers a rich and creamy texture that everyone will love. Enjoy the goodness of foxtail millet in this delicious treat and make your celebrations even more special.

Happy Cooking!

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