Indian Rice Pudding (Kheer)

Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding)
Traditional cardamom-scented Indian rice pudding owes its particular richness to the inclusion of whole milk, which has been reduced by half during the cooking process to produce a thick, creamy base.Landon Nordeman

This traditional cardamom-scented Indian rice pudding owes its particular richness to the inclusion of whole milk, which has been reduced by half during the cooking process to produce a thick, creamy base.

Indian Rice Pudding (Kheer)
This cardamom-scented Indian rice pudding owes its richness to whole milk, reduced by half, which yields a thick, creamy base.
Yield: serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp. jasmine rice
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 12 tsp. lightly crushed saffron
  • 12 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 6 cups milk
  • 3 oz. jaggary or 6 tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 14 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 14 cup thinly sliced pistachios

Instructions

  1. Place rice in a fine strainer, and rinse under running water until water runs clear; drain thoroughly. Heat butter in a 10" skillet over medium heat; add rice, saffron, and cardamom, and cook, stirring until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Add milk, and cook, stirring occasionally, until milk is reduced by half and rice is tender, about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Add jaggary, almonds, and half the pistachios, and cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl, and garnish with remaining pistachios before serving.