Cardamom And Rosewater Kheer – The Indian Sweet Treat
An Indian sweet classic which has won the hearts of millions across India and the globe is none other than Kheer. Be it festivals like Diwali or Holi, any auspicious and joyous event like childbirth or wedding, or just a gesture to wish good luck, any happy occasion in India is incomplete without the taste of the delicious kheer. This traditional Indian sweet dish is prepared throughout the length and breadth of the country basically as a concoction of rice, milk and sugar with slight variations. Kheer, payasa, payasam etc. for India and the famous rice pudding for the world, this delectable dish is sure to satiate the sweet tooth completely.
Following is the most common and basic recipe for the classic Kheer:
Preparation time: few minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4 people
- Margarine (Ghee) – 1 tablespoon
- Whole milk – 3 cups
- Short grain rice – 1/4th cup
- Refined sugar – 1/2 to 3/4th cup (according to taste)
- Cardamom seeds (crushed) – 6 pods
- Whipping cream – 1/2 cup
- Rose water – 2 teaspoons
- Unsalted pistachios, cashew nuts, raisins and chopped almonds for garnish
- Saffron threads – large pinch (optional)
Add ghee to a heavy bottomed pan and heat. Put crushed cardamom seeds in it and stir well for about 30 seconds. Add rice and stir gently for 1 minute to ensure that it gets well coated with the ghee and cardamom. Next, pour whole milk in the rice and add 1/2 cup of sugar. Stir the kheer mixture constantly on low heat to avoid the rice from getting burnt and sticking at the bottom of the pan. Stirring constantly for 2 to 3 minutes helps the sugar to dissolve completely in the mixture. Taste the mixture and if required add the remaining 1/4th cup of sugar to further sweeten the kheer. Now, bring the mixture to boil and then turn down the heat. Let it simmer for 30 to 45 minutes but stir it regularly. Stir and simmer till the kheer acquires a smooth, thick and creamy texture. Add whipping cream to the kheer and cook gently for 10 more minutes. Finally add and stir rose water in the kheer and then remove it from the flames to serve it hot or cold as desired. Garnish the kheer with pistachios, raisins, cashews and almonds. Saffron can also be added to the kheer to give it a rich flavour and colour. Saffron can be introduced in the kheer with the whole milk and further prepared further as directed. It can also be used to garnish the kheer by swirling a mixture of saffron stands and 1tsp of warm milk atop the kheer at the end.
Kheer can be prepared with many variations. One can add vermicelli or tapioca instead of rice in the kheer, use Jaggery or condensed milk instead of sugar to sweeten the kheer etc. Flavoured kheer have become the new way to satisfy the taste buds everywhere. This delicious kheer variant can be simply made by adding various flavours like chocolate, mango, strawberry etc. to the regular kheer to create a mouth-watering sweet treat.