Rice Pudding or Rice Kheer

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Celebrating Raksha Bandhan today.

Raksha bandhan is a Hindu festival that celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters.

It is called Rakhi in many parts of India.
The festival falls on the full moon day of the Shravan month. On this day sisters tie a rakhi ( sacred thread) on her brother’s wrist. This symbolizes the sisters love and prayer for her brother’s well-being and the brother’s lifelong vow to protect her.

So on this auspicious day we have to make some sweet dish.
Made my brother’s favourite rice pudding or rice kheer today.
A rich creamy dessert made of rice and milk.

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Recipe

Full cream milk  – 7 cup
Rice  – 5 tsp
Salted butter – 1/2 tsp
Sugar  – 5-6 tsp or to taste
Cardamom powder  – 1/4 tsp
Cashew nuts – 3-4 tsp
Raisins – 3-4 tsp

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Method

Wash the rice properly. Drain and marinate with salted butter. Keep aside.

Soak the raisins in water.

Heat milk 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 add the sugar. Stir well.

Add cashew nuts and raisins.
When the kheer get rich creamy texture switch off the gas.
Add cardamom powder. Mix well.
Let it cool.
Garnish with sliced almonds, saffron strands or cashew nuts.
Enjoy the rich creamy rice pudding or kheer chilled or hot as you like.

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Chakhao Kheer

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Black rice kheer or chakhao kheer is a yummy sweet dish from the Indian state of Manipur.

Black rice is more nutritious than brown rice. Its an excellent source of fiber, amino acid, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.

In China and some South-East Asian country it is known as “Forbidden Rice” because it was reserved exclusively for the Royals in ancient China.

Got the recipe from my friend Pushpita Vikramjit Ahibam. Tried it for the first time. The taste is awesome. Its colour changes to a lovely purple when cooked. Loved it’s nutty flavour.


Recipe for Chakhao Kheer

Ingredients
Black rice – 4-5 tsp or 2/4 cup
Milk – 4 cup
Sugar – to taste
Dry fruits – 1/2 cup
Green cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp

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Method

Black rice takes longer time to cook so soak the rice overnight. Then pressure cook with water for one whistle, after that cook on low flame for 20 minutes.

Heat milk in a pan. When it starts boiling add the rice. Cook on low flame. Stir in between.

Cook till milk reduces and looks rich and creamy. Add sugar and cook for some more time till sugar melt.

Add dry fruits and cardamom powder.Switch off the gas.

Garnish with dry fruits. Black rice kheer or chakhao kheer is ready.