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Almond Raisin Rice Pudding

20 Mar

kheer

Rice pudding (aka kheer) is a classic Indian dessert. There are countless ways to prepare it, and while I love every variety I’ve tried, this particular batch holds a special place in my heart. It was the first time I’ve ever attempted to make it, which is pretty shocking considering the ingredients are  widely available and that I’ve been enjoying this dish since my infancy.

Sometimes you forget the vast number of foods you can make with the same simple ingredients; case in point here. Rice is a staple in Indian cuisine but is typically used in savory dishes. It wasn’t until sheer necessity that I decided to give my first bout with kheer a try. B and I had invited friends over for dinner, but after preparing an elaborate meal, I realized I didn’t make anything for dessert. I looked around for something that could serve as a dessert and finally laid my eyes on a jar of rice. It was my Oprah ‘ah-hah!’ moment. Thank goodness for rice, and thank goodness for this kheer.

P.S. Happy first day of Spring! Looking forward to warmer days ahead :)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup short/medium grained rice
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • Sugar to taste (I used 3 tbsp)
  • 1/4 tsp chopped cardamom
  • 1-2 tbsp chopped nuts ( I used almonds; may also use cashews and pistachios)
  • Handful of raisins
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp clairified butter (ghee)

Directions:

1. In a saucepan, heat the ghee. Add the chopped nuts along with raisins. Set aside when raisins get plump and nuts turn reddish brown.

2. In the same pan, roast the rice for 2-3 minutes on low heat.

3. Now add the milk. Increase the heat to med-high and let it come to a boil.

4. Give it an occasional stir so that the milk does not stick to the bottom. Take care not to let the milk burn. Add desired amount of sugar and give it a stir.

5. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the milk has reduced in half. Keep stirring often. You know its done when the milk has reduced and the rice has cooked thoroughly (rice should be soft, not mushy). This process can take up to 45 minutes.

6. Add cardamom and half of the roasted nuts/raisins.

7. Give it a stir until combined. Sprinkle cinnamon and garnish with remaining nuts.

8. Serve lukewarm.

*Serves 2

Original recipe has been slighly adapted.