Saturday, May 16, 2009


Kheer is a traditional Indian dessert, made by boiling rice with milk and sugar. It is a creamy (Indian)rice pudding flavoured with cardamom and saffron and garnished with chopped almonds.

I had to make kheer for a pooja (worship) at my house. This was my first time making kheer on my own. It turned out good.

Here is the recipe for making kheer.
1 Cup rice
5 Cup Milk(I used 2%, but Full fat is preferable)
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/8th cup Almonds, blanched and slivered
4-5 strands of Saffron
1 Spoon crushed cardamom (or cardamom powder)
1/8th cup Yellow raisin (kismis)

Heat 2 tablespoon milk in a small pan for 2-3 minutes. Take off the heat and add the saffron strands. Gently press the saffron strands with your thumb and a finger so that the milk starts turning orange (yellowish).

Wash and drain the rice and mix it with the cardamom powder and 5 cups of with milk. Bring to a boil, then simmer at slow-medium heat. Keep stirring to ensure that the rice doesn't stick to the base of the pan. Cook until the rice is done, starts breaking and the milk has thickened. Take off the heat. Now add sugar, saffron-milk, almond and kismis (if using), and stir to mix thoroughly. Garnish with few more strands of saffron and almonds. Serve warm or chilled.

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