RECIPES - SWEETS
As you may have discovered already, Indians (and most Asian countries too), love their rice. It is a staple in most homes and its preparation is as diverse as its people! Kheer is similar to rice pudding and is a popular choice of dessert, especially amongst the Muslim population, who are experts at making this dish. Think creamy and sweet spoonfuls of rice that have been cooked down to become slightly mushy, but whose shape and form is still visible to the eye as grains of rice. Every now and then, your tooth bites into a pistachio or cashew, which brings texture to the dessert. Not to forget the pops of extra natural sweetness from the addition of raisins.
The best part is that you can down this dish either hot or cold! Now that's the kind of dessert we love to devour!
KHEER (Sweet Rice Milk Pudding)
Serves 6 - 8
- Heat a heavy-base casserole dish, then add 2 tablespoons ghee and 3/4 cup long grain rice. Stir fry for about a minute till all the grains are coated with the ghee.
- Now add 2 litres milk and 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom seeds (or 8 whole cardamom pods) . Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer. Stir occasionally. (This might take about a little over an hour)
- When the milk is reduced to half remove the cardamom pods and discard. Now add 1/2 cup raw sugar, and simmer till the milk is reduced by half again.
- Turn off the heat. Taste, and if required, add more sugar.
- Stir in 1/4 cup sultanas and 1 tablespoon slivered almonds.
- Allow to cool at room temperature then refrigerate for at least an hour.
- Garnish with 1 tablespoon shelled pistachios before serving.