Saturday, April 14, 2018

To New Beginnings...

Life is but a stopping place,
A pause in what's to be,
We all have different journeys to take,
Different paths that merge along the way,

Our destination seemingly elusive, 
Reaches some of us faster,
while for others is an endless quest.

But I believe in New Beginnings...
In wiping the slate clean and starting all over,
Never giving up and creating our own destination...
To those new beginnings...

It's the Oriya and Tamil New Year and we celebrated this festival with a traditional Oriya Kheer called "Palua Khiri". Palua or Arrowroot is a medicinal root found in East India and I got my stock from the Adivasi Mela when I was down in India but you can find it on Amazon too. Palua is nutritive, and is used as an agreeable, non-irritating diet in certain chronic diseases, during convalescence from fevers, in irritations of the digestive and respiratory tract  and is well suited for infants - it's jelly has no peculiar taste, and is less liable to become acid in the stomach, and is generally preferred by young infants to all others. It helps with weight loss and heart health.

How to make Palua Khiri in your Instant Pot?


  • 4.5 cups of 1% Organic Milk + 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 can of Trader Joe's Organic Condensed Milk
  • Crushed Elaichi (Cardamom)
  • Almonds
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of Palua or Arrowroot Powder (this thickens the kheer, so add based on how thick you like your kheer)
How To?
  1. Mix the 1/2 Cup milk with the 1/2 cup of Arrowroot
  2. Add 4.5 Cups of Milk+ the condensed milk+ Crushed Elaichi plus the slush from step 1 to your Instant Pot
  3. Set the Instant Pot for Manual 5 minutes (NR)
  4. Once the pressure has naturally release, open, stir and taste 
  5. If you are happy with the sweetness, go ahead and keep in glass/earthen container for it to set ((if not please add either sugar, jaggery, stevia to your taste)
  6. Once it cools down, you can keep it in the fridge. Garnish with almonds and savor this wonderful dessert which is actually very good for you!

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