Kheer is a very popular dessert in northern India. It is also called “Payasam” in southern India.
The five basic ingredients required are rice, milk, sugar, green cardamom and pistachios. It is your choice to add more dry fruits and nuts, the more the merrier.
For this kheer recipe you will need:
1 lt milk (which is 4 cups. Whole is good but you can use skimmed)
50 gm rice (any short grain or any rice. Washed and drained)
6-7 Tbsp sugar or more (use palm or brown sugar for a distinct flavor or white is absolutely fine)
4-5 green Cardamoms (remove seeds and powder them in a pestle and mortar or by using a rolling pin)
4-5 Tbsp Pistachios (use as many you want – slice a few and pound or grate the rest)
4-5 Tbsp Raisins
3-4 Tbsp Almonds (blanched, peeled and chopper or sliced)
2 Tbsp Cashews (Chopped)
In a heavy bottom, non stick pan or kadai, add the rice and milk. Bring it to a boil and then simmer, till the milk is reduced to half. Stir occasionally to prevent the milk from sticking at the bottom of the pan. When nearly done add the sugar and rest of the ingredients. Sneak a taste and adjust the sugar. Save the sliced pistachios and some other dry fruits for garnishing.
That’s it!!! You can serve this hot if you want. But if you have the patience, then serve it chill. It will taste more awesome.