Oranges symbolize wealth, prosperity, fertility and happiness! Giving oranges as a gift to your friends and loved ones, whether fresh or specially prepared in desserts and various dishes, is an amazing way to express the sentiment of blessings, love, joy, and friendship. Infusing/incorporating oranges in any of your seasonal activities is the perfect way to honor Yule.
In Pagan Tradition children went home to home to deliver fragrant gifts of oranges spiked with cloves (named a Yule Pomander). Oranges represented a return of the sun, inciting good luck to all those gifted!
Boil milk in a pot. After the first boil, add chopped dry nuts and cardamom (whole). Boil the milk on low flame till it thickens and changes to an off white color. It will take about 40-45 minutes. Keep stirring in between to ensure that the milk doesn't get burn or stick to your pot.
While the milk is boiling, peel the oranges, remove the orange seeds and roughly chop the pulp.
Once the milk is done, add sugar or sugar substitute, mix well, boil for another 2-3 minutes and then switch off the flame. Allow the milk to reach to room temperature. This would be a good time to fish out the whole cardamom pods.
When the milk gets cold, add the orange pulp and zest. Please do not add the orange pulp and zest to the milk until the milk is fully cold, or else it will curdle. Mix the ingredients together and keep it in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours. You may also serve it at room temperature.
Please do not heat the kheer after adding the oranges.
Garnish with chopped dry nuts and some orange pulp and serve.
Here you will find a delicious recipe for Homemade Gulkand, a Traditional Indian Rose Petal Preserve made with fresh Rose Petals.