Kheer Recipe | Indian Rice Pudding Recipe
Diwali, known as the “Festival of Lights” is an ancient Hindu festival. It signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil and hope over despair.
Day before, i.e. 23rd Oct, was Diwali and I decided to share sweet treats with my neighbors to celebrate Diwali and to celebrate Life. I decided to make Rice Kheer, using my mom’s recipe and shared it with a small note, educating my neighbors about Diwali. This recipe, is a family favorite and can be found on all dinners’ we host. Everybody requests my mom to make Kheer for dessert.
Kheer, is an Indian dessert cooked with rice, milk and sugar, usually flavored with nuts and saffron. It is usually prepared on auspicious occasions.
Recipe : Serves 6
1/4 cup Rice
6 cups Whole milk
1/2 cup Sugar ( or more or less)
1/4 cup sliced almonds (soaked in water overnight, skin removed)
1/4 cup Raisins (soaked in water overnight)
1/8 tsp. Cardamom powder
Saffron to garnish
1) Rinse and soak the rice for at least 30 minutes. After the soaking time, drain the water and break the soaked rice into tiny pieces by crushing/breaking them using your fingers.
2) Heat a heavy- bottomed vessel on medium heat and add 4 cups of milk to it. Bring the milk to a boil and add the broken rice to it. Reduce the heat to low.
3) Cook on low heat, until the rice is tender and the milk is reduced to about half. Add the raisins to this mixture. Stir often and make sure the milk does not stick to the bottom of the pan. Keep adding the balance milk in 2 -3 parts to the cooked mixture and keep simmering. The milk will change color during the process.
6) Now add the sugar, cardamom powder, chopped almonds and simmer for a few minutes until desired consistency is achieved. Kheer will thicken as it cools down, so adjust the consistency accordingly.
7) Check for seasoning and adjust the sugar accordingly & turn off the heat. Garnish with nuts of your choice and saffron strands. Saffron may also be added with the almonds to enhance the color of Kheer. Serve hot or chilled.
1) A heavy bottom pan is most important for this dish.
2) You may add more milk, if you feel the consistency is thicker than expected and cook for a few more minutes.
3) Make sure the nuts used are neither roasted nor salted.
Here is a sneak peak into our Diwali Decorations!
Enjoy your day ! Much Love.
Sonal Kalra 🙂
References : Wikipedia