Kheer/ Rice Pudding is the quintessential Indian dessert made with rice, milk, sugar & is flavored with cardamom & generously garnished with dry fruits. Every region in India too has a different name for it. In North India, it’s popularly known as kheer, in eastern region it is fondly called as ‘Payesh’ while in the South it’s called as ‘Payasam’.
Cooking this delicacy is more like a homely affair, easy to make with minimum ingredients & is mouth-watering. Kheer is a delectable Indian creamy dessert recipe which has many variations: Rice Kheer, Jaggery Kheer, Dates kheer, Badam Kheer to name a few. Rice kheer is one of the most loved rice desert & all the variations of it tastes heavenly/ divine. What truly makes this particular desert more delightful is its perfect balance of rice, milk, cardamom, nuts and sugar & in the right proportion. The delicious rice kheer can be made for any occasion/ celebrations & is also offered to God as Prasad during pujas.
RICE KHEER RECIPE:
To make this delicacy more delectable, it is advisable to soak the good quality Basmati rice for atleast 2 hours, this makes this rice cook easily.
1. Boil the rice and milk together in a deep pan/ pot
2. Simmer over low flame, stirring occasionally to avoid sticking it to the bottom of the pan.
3. Cook the rice till it is soft & the milk reduces & becomes thick.
4. When done add sugar, raisins and cardamoms.
5. Stir till sugar gets dissolved properly.
6. Transfer into a serving dish and garnish with the choice of dry fruits.
7. Serve hot or refrigerate it & have it chilled.
The beauty of kheer is that it can be taken along with the meal, after the meal or with pooris/ parathas. To add a little twist to the kheer, you can try adding flavours/ essence to the humble kheer with a spoon of rose water or food grade rose petals. Add a little colour to your favourite kheer by adding a table spoon of saffron milk. A sprinkle of cardamom powder after the kheer is cooked will add to the delectable fragrance.
Kheer is accommodating & goes well with different choice of ingredients. It can be made in various creative ways & in different flavours. To name a few: kheer can also made with tapioca pearls, paneer & vermicelli. Although traditionally cooked Kheer tastes although more better, but there are lot of modern and innovative versions of kheer that you can create experimenting with the available ingredients.
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