Khejur/khajur gur Kheer/nolen gurer payesh or rice pudding with date palm jaggery.
#Foodiemonday #Bloghop #Theme. Its our 25th bloghop event. So we decided to make something sweet this week to celebrate silver jubilee event.
Kheer or payesh is one of the most famous desserts in Bengal as well as India.
Serving Kheer or payesh is must in every Bengali home on birthdays or any auspicious occasion.
Its a signature dish of Makar Sankranti too. We use date palm jaggery or khajur/khejur gur instead of sugar on this day.
This jaggery is available only in winter. And taste and flavour is heavenly.
Palm jaggery is the most beneficial and nutrients rich variety of raw jaggery. It is prepared from palm tree extract and is loaded with minerals and vitamins.
This pudding/kheer or payesh is very easy to make. You need only 3 ingredients. Milk, rice and date palm jaggery or khajur/khejur gur.
Full cream milk – 1 and 1/2 litter
Rice – 5 teaspoon
Khajur gur or date palm jaggery – 1/4 cup or to taste
Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon optional
Cashew nuts – 3-4 teaspoon or as much you like
Raisins – 3-4 teaspoon
Wash the rice properly. Drain and keep aside.
Soak the raisins in water.
Heat milk in a large heavy bottom pan and let it boil.
Add the rice and let it cook on simmer. Stir in-between and scrape the sides of the pan.
Cook on low flame till the milk thicken. Keep stirring to avoid sticking at the bottom . If you do not stir, it might get burnt at the bottom.
Burning smell can spoil the kheer.
When the kheer get rich creamy texture and rice cooked add date palm jaggery, cashew nuts and raisins. Mix well and taste the sweetness. Add more if require.
Remember to add the jaggery at the end. Jaggery can curdled the milk if you add it at the beginning. Switch off the flame.
Add cardamom powder if you want. I love the jaggery flavour. Its pure bliss so I didn’t use cardamom or anything. Mix well.
Let it cool.
Garnish with sliced almonds and cashew nuts.
Enjoy the rich creamy rice pudding or khajur gur kheer/khejur gurer payesh chilled or hot as you like.
I like it chilled.