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Lohri Special: Sugarcane Juice Kheer

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Today is Lohri - a popular harvest festival in the lively state of Punjab, India. A bonfire is lit at night and til, peanuts, popcorn and other food items are offered to the fire. People perform prayers and go around the fire as a mark of respect to the natural element of fire. Guests are offered til, gachchak, gur, peanuts and popcorn as per the tradition. People sit around the bonfire, sing and dance till the fire dies out.

Traditional food during Lohri is Sarson da saag with makki di roti , til rice which is made by mixing jaggery,til (sesame seeds) & rice and sugarcane juice kheer.


Sugarcane Juice Kheer

Sugarcane Kheer is a speciality of Punjab. This dish can only be prepared when fresh sugarcane juice is available in market.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

30 min

45 min

Serves four persons


  • 1 litre Fresh sugar cane juice
  • 0.5 litre Full fat milk
  • 0.5 cup Rice washed & soaked for 15 minutes
  • A pinch Cardamom powder
  • 5-6 tablespoons Fresh grated coconut
  • 8-10 Cashewnuts
  • 8-10 Almonds
  • One tablespoon Raisins


  1. Heat the sugarcane juice in a pan. Use a heavy bottom pan. Stir intermittently .
  2. Boil juice for around 10 minutes on a low flame. Then add half the milk.
  3. Wash the rice and add it to the sugarcane juice. You can also soak the rice for about 15 minutes before adding to the juice.
  4. Turn down heat to a simmer. Cook on low heat till you have reached a smooth consistency. It will take about 20 minutes. Keep stirring in between. Add remaining milk .
  5. Now add grated coconut, cardamom powder, cashew nut and almonds to it, mix it well. Add raisins.
  6. Turn off the gas when the mixture becomes thick in consistency. Let it cool to room temperature.
  7. Sugarcane juice kheer is ready. Take it out in a big bowl and garnish with cashew nuts and almonds.
  8. Refrigerate and serve cold.

Happy Lohri - Sundar Mundariye - Veer Zaara

© 2016 Shaloo Walia


Shaloo Walia (author) from India on July 21, 2018:

@Lawrence this delicacy is not very common and is generally prepared on the festive occasion of Lohri. I am sure you will like it!

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on July 21, 2018:

I've had Sugarcane as a drink before, but never as a food, this sounds delicious.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on January 18, 2016:

Thank you Deb. Indian culture is quite in terms of traditions, festivals and food.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on January 17, 2016:

I adore your introductions to your culture and your foods. Thanks for teaching me this.

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Shaloo Walia (author) from India on January 14, 2016:

Thank you Manatita! Even I didn't go to the gurudwara as it had been raining here throughout the morning. But the celebration continued at night with the chatting and singing along with the neighbors around the bonfire followed by sumptuous dinner.

manatita44 from london on January 14, 2016:

Nice, really enjoyable dancing. Timely Hub and with lovely food. I wanted to go to the Gurdwara post Rajan's wonderful Hub, but I missed it because it fell on a Wednesday, and I very rarely sacrifice my Centre meditation.

Still, I feel the spirit here in your charming Hub. Excellent!

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on January 14, 2016:

It was my pleasure Dora. Lohri is an important festival for us.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on January 13, 2016:

Thank you Dana!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 13, 2016:

Swali, thank you for introducing the festival and the food. Cold and sweet--sounds interesting!

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on January 13, 2016:

Interesting article. Thank you for sharing.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on January 13, 2016:

@Rajan happy lohri to you and your family!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 13, 2016:

Roh wale chawal and kheer sure is a must eat at this time. Thanks for sharing this recipe and Happy Lohri.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on January 13, 2016:

@Bill Lohri is the first festival of the year for us. And Sugarcane Juice Kheer is made in the households as per tradition- the only time I get to eat this in the year :)

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on January 13, 2016:

Happy Lohri dear Surabhi! I am a hardcore Punjabi for sure! I am at the lohri celebrations in my neighborhood. Will check out the link you shared once I get back home.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 13, 2016:

I don't usually read recipe and food articles. Having said that, I enjoy reading about foods I've never heard of...thank you for the education.

Surabhi Kaura on January 13, 2016:

I just love this! Thank you... thank you! We are celebrating Lohri tomorrow here in Toronto, Canada. Saaddi Punjabi boliyaan da ki kehna! That's my favourite scene from Veer Zaara. I also like the other Pujabi Lohri song -

So glad to know a hard core Punjabi (he he). Oyeee Balle Balle...! Let's do bhangra, Shaloo. Ha ha - now I really feel like dancing! Yumm to the delicious deserts (nom nom nom) :)

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