Rice Pudding (Kheer)

Kheer is the primary dessert of India. Home cooks generally prepare a simple rice-and-milk version; more elaborate renditions, with nuts, fruits, flower essences and spice embellishments, are served in restaurants and at wedding feasts. Scented rice, such as Gobinda Bhog or basmati, is preferred, since it is the main flavor in the pudding. Indians like a rather runny consistency and for the rice grains to be invisible, but the consistency and texture of this recipe have been adapted for the Western palate.Jaggery, which is dehydrated sugarcane juice, is a by-product of sugar refining. Golden brown and with a maple syrup-like flavor, it is used in Indian desserts and candies. Brown sugar, palm sugar, maple syrup or maple sugar may be substituted, although they do not accurately replicate jaggery's flavor. Pieces of silver foil, known as vark, are used primarily to decorate desserts and sweets at banquets, wedding feasts and festivals. The sheets are sold in Indian grocery stores.
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woodlandbird
,Woodland Park
,CO
April 16, 2014
Ability level:Advanced
Cooks for:3 to 5 people
Cooks:Every day
Would You Recommend? Yes
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Delicious and authentic, with some tweaks
April 16, 2014
I tried this dish at my cousin's wedding, catered by his wife's Indian family. It was absolutely delicious. This recipe is close to the same, but I changed it just slightly. First of all, there is no reason to use so much saffron. It's crazy expensive. I used five threads, and crumbled them directly into the milk mixture when I added the rice (I added the cardamom then, too). Saffron must be soaked in any recipe to release its full flavor. Also, the amount of sugar seems off. My recommendation is to add the sugar in increments, to taste. I used less than half, and it was perfect. Finally, try adding shredded carrots, about 1/2 cup. It's wonderful! I would like to note that at high elevation, this recipe took about 1 hour 30 minutes to cook rather than 50 minutes. So make sure you have enough time before starting.
Pros: Easy, Kid-Friendly, Impressive, Will Make Again
Cons: Lengthy