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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Rice Pudding (Chawal Kheer)

This is one of the most common desserts , a very simple preparation of rice and milk. This pudding, called "Kheer", is made with  rice and is my favorite Indian dessert. No wedding or festival is complete without Kheer on the menu. This creamy and sweet stovetop pudding is fairly quick and easy to prepare.


•1/4 cup rice

•4 cups whole milk

•1/4 cup sugar

•6 strands of saffron

•Pinch of crushed cardamom

•2 tablespoons sliced almonds

•1 tablespoon sliced pistachios

•1 teaspoon butter (Unsalted) OR pure ghee

                                       For Garnish

Few cashewnuts pieces


.Wash rice well and soak for 5 minutes.

.Melt the butter in a frying pan on medium heat.

.Add the rice and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
.Add  milk, cook until the rice is tender  and milk  reduced to about half. Stir often to ensure the milk does not stick in the bottom of the pan.
Add sugar and dry fruits ,stir for sometime.
Garnish it with cashewnuts and serve hot or cold.
Note -- 1- Always use non-stick pan to make kheer.
             2-Kheer can be make in slow cooker also,it is very easy .
             3- 3 tbsp milk powder can be use to make pudding thicker fast.

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