- Type: Kheer
- Course: Dessert
- Place of Origin: India
- Main Ingredients: Rice, milk, sugar
The scrumptious, thick, sweet, and flavorful Rice Kheer is a traditional Indian dessert made with rice, milk, and sugar and is slow cooked to perfection to prepare a sensory delight. The traditional Indian Kheer is an old cuisine with many variations made from rice, lentils, and their flours and Rice Kheer is one of the most popular and loved kheer desserts across the country. The kheer is flavored with many spices and flavorings such as cardamom, rose water, kewra water or saffron which enhance the taste and the aroma of the delicious dessert.
In South Indian cuisine, Kheer is called Payasam and rice payasam can be made with cow milk or coconut milk with the sweeteners being sugar or jaggery. The delectable Rice Kheer can be made for regular meals or during festivals such as Diwali or for any celebrations as it is easy to make and loved by all. Be it children, adults, or old people, Rice Kheer is a hit for everyone and brings smile to faces whenever served.
Making of Rice Kheer
Rinse a cup of rice a couple of times and then soak the rice for about 20 minutes. While the rice is soaking, take 1 liter full-fat milk in a heavy wide pot and boil in medium low heat. After the milk begins to boil, take the soaked rice, and add it in the hot boiling milk. Mix very well and simmer and cook the rice while stirring occasionally. Cook the rice grains till they are half cooked and then add 5-6 tablespoons of sugar or as per your taste. Continue to cook the rice and stir in intervals.
When the rice is almost cooked and the milk is also reduced in quantity, add some cardamom powder, and sliced and chopped nuts and mix well. Take a spoonful of milk from the pot in a small bowl and add some saffron in it and mix this saffron mixture into the Kheer (optional). Again, mix the Kheer well and continue to cook until the rice is thoroughly cooked. If the kheer has become too thick, then add some warm milk and cook for a few minutes for the rice and milk to combine nicely. Switch off the flame and scrape the milk solids from the sides of the pan and add into the Kheer. Serve warm or cooled down.
One serving of Rice Kheer gives 235 calories, out of which carbohydrates comprise 122 calories, proteins account for 24 calories, and the remaining 73 calories come from fat. One serving of Rice Kheer gives about 12 percent of the total daily calorie requirement of a standard adult diet of 2000 calories.
With a thick and flowy texture that tastes like sweet cream in the mouth, Rice Kheer with its umami flavors, is a joyful and humble dessert that pleases the palate, is appealing to the eyes, and woes with its intoxicating aroma that will make you ask for more with every bite.
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