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Chhena Kheeri with Dates Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 liter full-fat milk
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup chopped dates
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds
- 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
- 1 tbsp ghee
- 2 cups water

Special equipment needed:
- Cheesecloth
- Large pot
- Mixing bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Serving bowls

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Heat the milk in a large pot over medium heat until it comes to a boil.
2. Add the lemon juice and stir until the milk curdles and the whey separates.
3. Remove from heat and strain the curdled milk through a cheesecloth to separate the chhena from the whey.
4. Rinse the chhena under cold water to remove any lemon flavor.
5. In a mixing bowl, knead the chhena until it becomes smooth and soft.
6. In a separate pot, heat the ghee over medium heat and add the chopped dates, almonds, pistachios, and raisins. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the nuts are lightly toasted.
7. Add 2 cups of water and sugar to the pot and bring to a boil.
8. Add the cardamom powder and stir.
9. Add the chhena to the pot and cook for 10-15 minutes until the mixture thickens and the chhena is cooked through.
10. Remove from heat and let cool.
11. Serve in individual bowls and garnish with additional chopped nuts and raisins.


Time:
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Temperature:
Medium heat
Serving size:
4-6 servings

Nutritional information:
Calories: 350 per serving
Fat: 15g
Carbohydrates: 45g
Protein: 10g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Almonds, pistachios, and raisins can be substituted with any nuts or dried fruits of your choice.
- Sugar can be substituted with honey or maple syrup.

Variations:
- Add saffron for a more aromatic flavor.
- Replace dates with figs for a different flavor profile.
- Add a pinch of salt to balance the sweetness.

Tips and tricks:
- Be sure to rinse the chhena under cold water to remove any lemon flavor.
- Knead the chhena until it becomes smooth and soft to ensure a creamy texture.
- Cook the chhena kheeri on low heat to prevent it from burning.

Storage instructions:
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until warm.

Presentation ideas:
Serve in individual bowls and garnish with chopped nuts and raisins.

Garnishes:
Chopped nuts and raisins

Pairings:
Serve with a cup of hot tea or coffee.

Suggested side dishes:
None

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the chhena kheeri is too thick, add a little more water to thin it out.
- If the chhena kheeri is too thin, cook it for a few more minutes until it thickens.

Food safety advice:
Be sure to use fresh milk and cook the chhena kheeri thoroughly to prevent any foodborne illnesses.

Food history:
Chhena kheeri is a traditional Indian dessert made with chhena, a type of cheese made from curdled milk.

Flavor profiles:
Sweet, creamy, nutty

Serving suggestions:
Serve as a dessert after a meal or as a sweet treat any time of day.

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Region: Indian

Taste: Sweet, Nutty, Creamy, Date, Date-Flavored