I learnt to prepare Rice Kheer or Indian Rice Pudding from my brother-in-law after my marriage. He is a great cook and until my marriage, I had never tasted such delicious Rice Kheer or Pudding. Quite popular in Northern parts of India, Kheer is prepared during festive seasons or other special occasions.
There are many variations of this dish. I prepare this the easy way by cooking the Rice with Milk in a pressure cooker, then having the cooked ingredients in a pan and adding the remaining Milk, Sugar with Kesar. I found a good variation of Rice Pudding in Chef in You blog that takes a little more effort and time. If you are not in a hurry, you can also try out the recipe explained there.
Rice Kheer Ingredients:
- Jeera Rice – 1 cup
- Milk – 1 litre
- Sugar – 1 cup
- Cashew nuts – 6-7
- Raisins – 8-9
- Ghee / Clarified Butter – 4 tsp
- Kesar (Saffron) strands – 6
Preparation Time : 30 min
How To Make Rice Kheer:
1. Take a vessel, pour into it single cup of Jeera rice. Add 200 ml or 2 cups of milk into it. Place this in standard pressure cooker and leave it till you hear about 3 whistles.
2. Once the steam eases out from the pressure cooker, remove the vessel from the cooker to cool the rice.
3. Take a pan, add boiled Jeera rice and pour the remaining milk into it. Also add Sugar and Kesar strands. If you prefer, you may add fresh cream or Malai as well. Stir well till the quantity of the milk reduces. Ensure that the rice does not cook too much. The Kheer is almost ready now.
4. Take an additional frying pan, pour ghee, add raisins and cashew nuts. Fry until cashew nuts turn slightly golden in color. Add this ghee with the tempered nuts into the Kheer above.
- I have used Jeera rice here since the Kheer tastes lot better with it and the pleasant smell it emanates is ultimate. Jeera Rice is smaller in size than normal rice or basmati rice.
- One can use Basmati rice as well but my experience has been that it does not fetch the same taste as Kheer prepared with Jeera rice. Do not use plain rice; Kheer seldom tastes good with normal rice.