Recipe for Makhana Kheer – How to Make Makhane ki Kheer

post modified on September 14

Written by Puja

Recipe for Makhana Kheer is a traditional healthy Indian dessert made by simmering Makhanas in milk till it becomes creamy. Makhana is also known as “Lotus seeds” or “Foxnuts.” This dessert is simple and quick to make, taking less than 30 minutes with just a few basic ingredients. Makhane ki kheer is a perfect dessert if you are fasting.

makhana kheer

What is Makhana?

Makhana is also known as lotus seeds, fox nuts, and Phool makhana. It’s actually the puffed lotus seeds or the puffed fox nuts that have high nutritional and medicinal values and are mostly grown in the states of Bihar in India.

Because of its health benefits, makhana was previously frequently used in Indian cuisine, but its use has slowly reduced. It is highly recommended that you use this ingredient in your regular diet. This Makhane ki Kheer is a delicious way to include this superfood into your diet.

You can also try my Makhana Namkeen Snack Recipe

Health benefits of Makhanas

Makhanas are packed with the goodness of protein, potassium, phosphorus, carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, iron, and zinc. These essential nutrients make this a perfect go-to healthy snack. Because of these important nutrients, this snack is an excellent choice for a nutritious snack.

Here are some of the health advantages that will convince you to include them in your diet.

  • These seeds include an anti-aging enzyme which is considered to help in the repair of damaged proteins.
  • Because of their high magnesium and low salt content, they are useful to persons suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity.
  • They are low in calories, making them an excellent weight-loss snack.
  • Due to their low glycemic index, makhanas are also advised for diabetes.
  • Phool makhana kheer, which is high in protein and iron, can be served as a fast dessert to one-year-old babies too.

About Recipe for Makhana Kheer

Makhana Kheer is a rich and creamy dessert that is ideal for any festive occasion or Vrat days (Indian fasting). During the Janamashtami, it’s a must-make at my house. It’s also appropriate for festivals like Navratri, Ekadashi, or Shivratri.

Our usual go-to food during vrat days is the common sago and samo rice. We usually forget about the delectable makhana kheer.

When served cold, this makhana kheer tastes divine. You can replace sugar with jaggery if you want to.

And one more important thing is that you can feed makhane ki kheer to your growing babies by blending the roasted makhana to a fine powder rather than keeping it coarse when cooking it for them.

So, if you’re tired of the same old rice kheer, sabudane ki kheer, and so on. Then give this healthy makhane ki kheer a try; I promise you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

makhana kheer

Why you should make this recipe?

When it comes to Navratri desserts, makhane ki kheer comes to mind. This excellent vrat-friendly sweet is not only delicious, but it’s also good for you. Combining this light ingredient with milk and dry fruits like almonds, cashews, pistachios, and cardamom will not only spike the flavor but also increase the nutrient value of the kheer. You can add jaggery instead of sugar to give it a healthy twist.

  • Easy to make
  • Healthy & delicious
  • Vrat-friendly sweet
recipe for makhana kheer

Looking for some more Festive Dessert recipes?

There are a lot of festivals coming up, and I’m sure you’re looking for more festive dishes to prepare right? So, here are a few recipes to try.

How to Make Gujiya – Mawa Gujia Recipe

Traditional Coconut and Jaggery Modak

Gur ka Pua Recipe

Ragi Laddoo Recipe

makhane ki kheer

Basics Ingredients used to make Recipe for Makhana Kheer:

Makhana: Makhana, also known as foxnuts or lotus seeds is the key ingredient of this recipe. You will be able to get it in any of the Indian local stores.

Milk: If you want the best results, prefer using whole fat milk.

Nuts: You can use loads of nuts to make this recipe rich. Use nuts of your choice.

Ghee: Ghee enhances the tastes of Makhana kheer. So you must add ghee.

Sugar: Today I have used sugar for this recipe. But you can add some condensed milk to the kheer to speed up the cooking process. It will thicken as well as sweeten the kheer.

Cardamom Powder: Cardamom powder brings a nice aroma to this recipe, so don’t miss this!!!

makhana kheer

Recipe for Makhana Kheer

Makhana Kheer is a traditional healthy Indian dessert made by simmering Makhana’s in milk till it becomes creamy. Makhana is also known as “Lotus seeds” or “Foxnuts.” This dessert is simple and quick to make, taking less than 30 minutes with just a few basic ingredients. Makhane ki kheer is a perfect dessert if you are fasting.
No ratings yet
Print Pin Rate
Share on Facebook
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: recipe for makhana kheer
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 138kcal
Author: Puja


  • 2 cups Makhana
  • 1 ltr Boiled Milk
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Almond finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Cashew finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Raisins
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 2 tsp Ghee


  • Heat 1 tsp ghee in a pan.
    makhana kheer step1
  • Add chopped almond and chopped cashew and roast them nicely.
  • Once you see the cashews and almonds are slightly golden brown in color add raisins to it.
  • Roast everything together, and when you see the raisins are slightly getting pulpy. Turn off the flame. Take it out in a plate and set aside.
  • Take a pan add 1 tsp ghee.
    makhana kheer
  • Add 2 cups of makhana and roast them for about 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
  • Now add 1 1/2 cup of roasted makhana in a grinder jar and coarsely grind it. Set aside.
  • Keep 1/2 cup of makhana as whole.
  • Now add 2 cups of milk in the same pan.
    makhana kheer step4
  • Add whole roasted makhana.
  • Let it boil for 5 minutes then add coarsely ground makhana and the whole makhana’s.
  • Let it boil, and cook until it's done.
  • Add sugar and green cardamoms and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
    makhan kheer step4
  • Once done add dryfruits and let it boil for few minutes.
  • Garnish with some more dry fruits and serve hot or cold.


After the makhana kheer has cooled down, add warm milk to modify the consistency before serving.
Makhana Kheer stays good for about 2-3 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
It cannot be frozen, as the milk will curdle when thawed or reheated.


Nutrition Facts
Recipe for Makhana Kheer
Amount Per Serving
Calories 138 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 234mg7%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 1IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tried this recipe?Post a picture to Instagram & Mention @thetastesofindia or tag #thetastesofindia!

Frequently Asked Questions?

Can I give makhana to my baby?

Makhanas, also known as fox nuts, are one of the healthiest meals for babies and can be introduced to them once they reach the age of six months.
To make Makhana Kheer for babies, first roast the makhana in ghee till crispy, then finely ground it. Bring the milk to a boil, then stir in the powder. Cook the kheer for 8-10 minutes with cardamom powder. Don’t make thick and creamy kheer because it will be difficult for them to digest. Make sure to cool before serving.

Can Makhana be eaten during fasting?

Yes, absolutely.

Does Makhana expire?

Phool Makhana has a long shelf life and can be stored for months in an airtight container. Keep them out of the sun and away from dampness.

How to make makhane ki kheer with jaggery?

To sweeten the kheer and make it healthy, you can use jaggery instead of sugar. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the crushed jaggery after it is done. Stir in the jaggery until it is completely dissolved. If you add jaggery while the kheer is still boiling, the milk will split and the kheer will be ruined.

How to make makhana kheer with condensed milk?

Cook the makhana in milk until they are soft and tender, then add sweetened condensed milk to the pan and cook for another 5-6 minutes. Add crushed cardamoms and your kheer is ready.

How to make vegan makhane ki kheer?

Replace ghee with vegan butter and whole milk with any plant-based milk like coconut milk, almond milk, or soy milk to make a vegan version of this kheer. If you’re using coconut milk, make the makhana with thin coconut milk. When the kheer is done, pour in the thick coconut milk and turn off the heat. It will prevent coconut milk from splitting.

My Recommended Product:

To make this Makhana Kheer you must need a Makhana(foxnuts) and Mixer grinder. Here I have listed two of these products you might want to have look.

Disclosure: Bear in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a small commission. Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. I am an independent blogger and the reviews are done based on my own opinions. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.

You Might Also want to Try:

Chawal ki Kheer

Rice Kheer is made with full fat milk, rice, sugar and cardamom powder. This recipe is very easy to make and can be prepared in pressure cooker easily.
Check out this recipe

Chocolate Rice Kheer Recipe – How to Make Chocolate Rice Pudding

Check out this recipe
chocolate rice kheer

Ada Prathaman Recipe

Ada Prathaman is a jaggery-and-coconut-milk-based dessert. It tastes earthy and delicious and is made at the Onam festival.
Check out this recipe
Ada Prathaman

A lot of time, effort, and passion goes into each post. My greatest satisfaction comes from your feedback. If you really liked this post and found helpful to you, please take a minute of your time to leave a comment and share it so that others have access to it as well. Thank you all for your support. 

A self-proclaimed Champion Cook, who gets the confidence from the love and praises showered upon me by my family consisting of a Cute little Daughter and a husband who loves the Internet more than me (LoL..) and who incidentally happens to be the man behind the technical aspects of this blog.
I love working from home and the benefits that come from it and that is why I started this blog where I document all my adventures with cooking.
Follow me on my journey..

Read More Articles:

Parval ki Mithai - How to Make Parwal Sweet from scratch

Want to receive Recipe updates into your inbox every week?

  • No more missing out on our latest recipes
  • Now save your recipe emails for referring to it in the future
  • No fluff or, spam. Just pure value
Signup for our FREE weekly newsletter!
You will get one short email per week. You can unsubscribe anytime.