Saturday, November 13, 2010

Kheer - Pink Saturday

Ingredients for Kheer

Kheer - An Indian and Nepalese Rice Pudding

A Namaste for Pink Saturday

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Kheer, the Indian version of rice pudding, was offered at the end of every evening meal Bob and I had while in India and Nepal. It's a very simple preparation of rice and milk that's flavored with a few spices and cooked down to thicken the mixture to a pudding-like consistency. It lacks the custard quality of its American cousin and can often be almost soupy. It is a very popular dessert and no wedding or festival in India or Nepal would be complete without it. It, fortunately, is very easy to prepare and it's a great dish for a novice cook or one who is just beginning to explore the wonders of Indian cooking. There are literally hundreds of recipes available for kheer. Each region of India or Nepal has a version all its own and families within those areas further modify the recipes to suit their tastes and pocketbooks. The version I'm sharing with you is one I was taught while in India and it's barebones easy to do. You'll find other, more sophisticated, versions of the dish in the recommendations found at the bottom of the this post. I hope you'll give kheer a try. Here's how to make a very simple version of Indian rice pudding.

Kheer...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

1/2 cup Basmati rice
1 tablespoon ghee
6 cups milk
10 tablespoons sugar
A few strands of saffron
1 teaspoon golden raisins
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 cup cashews or almonds or pistachios (thinly sliced)

1) Soak rice in water for 30 minutes before cooking. Drain.
2) Melt ghee in a large pan. Add rice and saute until translucent.
3) Add milk to rice and simmer until liquid has been reduced by half.
4) Stir in sugar and saffron and cook until sugar is dissolved. Add raisins, nuts and cardamom and simmer for a few minutes. Remove from heat and serve warm or cold. Yield: 4 -6 servings.

You might also enjoy these recipes:
Watermelon, Sago and Carrot Kheer - Priya's Easy N' Tasty Recipes
Sweet Potato Kheer - Food for Thought
Firni: Rice Pudding with Saffron and Nuts - eCurry
Badam Kheer - Sounds Spicy
Pressure Cooker Payasam (Kheer) - Niya's World
Carrot Kheer - Maria's Menu

This post is being linked to:
Pink Saturday, sponsored by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound.


Ginny Hartzler said...

Well, Mary, you're on a roll today!! What a stunning picture, she is georgous!! But the pudding?

Nisha said...

Kheer is one of my favorite dish and your kheer looks totaly yum

Angie's Recipes said...

I have never prepared kheer myself...yours looks so delicious!

Ginny Hartzler said...

This looks so yummy! In my earlier comment, there was just the picture of the little girl and no kheer picture or recipe! Either it was a computer glitch, or I was reading it while you were in the process of posting, I guess!

Jeannie said...

Your kheer looks perfect! A sweet dish not unlike savory porridge!

Alessandra said...

Looks like a fragrant rice pudding!

Flavia Galasso said...

I did't know Kheer, it looks very good!!!Thanks

Joyti said...

Yum! The recipe sounds delicious - I like the addition of saffron

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

I'm sure I'd like this as I adore the flavor of cardamom. Such a cute little one!


Arti said...

Wow... Came through Ginnys blogroll... Isnt kheer the perfect desert... I love it!! It looks mouth watering.
Have a great weekend:)

Tami @ Creative girl Vintage said...

That looks & sounds just delicious. Thank you for sharing today. I hope you have a delicious PINK Day!
xo Tami

Pam said...

Great photos! Kheer sounds delicious! Have a wonderful weekend!

penny aka jeroxie said...

I like this recipe. beautiful flavours!

From the Kitchen said...

Kheer seems to be a part of the every Indian buffet. Sometimes it is quite delicious. I've done it a number of times using whole cardamom but will have to try it with ground. I'll have to wait for appreciative diners since my husband does not care for rice pudding in any form. Such a stunning photo of a lovely child.


Bits said...

Lovely Indian dish! I bet you enjoy it very much!

Katerina said...

We make a rice pudding in Greece too but with different spices. This looks delicious!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday Mary Sweetie...
Again what a beautiful share. I can always expect a beautiful treat when I pop over for a visit. I love the photo share, she is just precious and look at that little face. PRICELESS.

I have never tasted kheer, but it looks delish. Maybe I could just pop on over for a little tast test?
Thank you for sharing Mary sweetie.
It is always such a delight to come
over and see what you have to share.

Have a glorious Pink Saturday sweet
friend. Please know that you are
so loved. Many hugs and much love,

Tasha said...

I've never had any kind of rice pudding to my knowledge, but this looks worth trying. And I have to say that the photo of the little girl is just beautiful!

Erin said...

Such wonderful pictures!

Donnie said...

Such a sweetie. I really love the pinks you shared with me today. Happy Pink Saturday.

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

I just don't know how you got a photo of me from my childhood! I would pray for kheer every day! Nancy

Jen_from_NJ said...

What a cutie! I love basmati rice so I will give this lovely pudding a whirl!

Barbara said...

Isn't she adorable??
And what a delightful recipe, Mary. I've never made it. The flavors must be wonderful.

Joanne said...

I adore kheer. I find it to be so refreshing after an intensely flavored Indian meal. Yours looks great!

My Little Space said...

Is this the recipe you learned from the villagers? And this should be one of those food you've been eating for the past couple of weeks.

Viv said...

this looks so delicious and comforting..i can just imagine the fragrance of it! yumm!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful..Thank you for sharing...

charmine said...

Mary this is a tasty dessert.Now ,they sell kheer in packets here,ie,the powdered form-just add milk and it's ready in 12 mins.We make this at home.

Have a nice day!

Cindy said...

Wow, comfort food--pure and simple. Lovely.

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