How to cook kheer

Kheer or rice pudding is a famous dessert from India made by slow-cooking rice in milk and sweetening it with sugar.

Probably one of the most common desserts, especially in north India, this simple rice pudding is made with just three main ingredients. In Bengal, this dish is called payesh and is made with a special variety rice called ‘gobindo bhog’. The aroma that this particular short-grain rice adds to the kheer is unmatchable. This rice is not available here, so I use basmati rice to make the kheer. You may use any white rice available to make kheer.

Mushy rice grains infused with milk, perfectly sweetened with sugar and slight nuttiness with cashew and almonds is a delight. Make it for special occasions... Or just to treat your tastebuds... You will love every spoonful of it!

Few people can resist trying kheer
Few people can resist trying kheer

Ingredients

  • Milk — 1 litre
  • Rice — 1/2 cup (use gobidno bhog rice for best flavour. I have used basmati rice since * gobindo bhog is not available here)
  • Sugar — 1/2 cup
  • Saffron — a few strands
  • Cashew, almonds and raisins for garnish

Method

  1. Wash and soak the rice in sufficient water for 30 minutes
  2. Slice cashew and almonds and set aside
  3. Pour milk in a heavy bottom pan and bring it to a boil
  4. Rinse the rice
  5. Turn the flame to low and add the rice to the milk
  6. Stir well and let the rice cook. Keep stirring occasionally to make sure the milk does not burn. Keep scraping the sides as well
  7. After about 35-40 minutes, the rice will be completely cooked and the milk will thicken
  8. At this stage add sugar and mix well
  9. Let it simmer for few more minutes until the sugar is completely dissolved
  10. Add the chopped nuts, raisins and saffron
  11. Let the kheer cool down and then refrigerate
  12. Serve chilled

Step by step

Boil milk in a heavy-bottom pan and add the soaked rice
Boil milk in a heavy-bottom pan and add the soaked rice
Stir well and let the rice cook
Stir well and let the rice cook
Let the rice completely cook in the milk
Let the rice completely cook in the milk
At this stage add sugar and mix well
At this stage add sugar and mix well
Add chopped nuts and raisins
Add chopped nuts and raisins
Add the saffron
Add the saffron
Let the kheer cool down and then refrigerate
Let the kheer cool down and then refrigerate
Buon appetite!
Buon appetite!


The original recipe of kheer was published on Spicy Tamarind. We are grateful to Shilpa Kerur for her kind permission to republish her recipe on our website.