Kheer is one of the most popular and yummy dessert recognized all over the world. It is prepared through many ways and condiments. Today we will be learning how to prepare this delicious thing at home.
The main ingredient of any type of kheer is milk. This recipe is also served as a dessert or some festive occasion items.
Importance of Kheer in India:
In India, it is a ritual to prepare this sweet dish in some auspicious occasions like in birthdays, festivals, fasting and so on. It is also used as a prashad in festivals and many temple shrines.
It is also called ‘Sweet rice’ or ‘Payasam’. It can also be prepared using vermicelli, semolina or sago itself. It has many varieties and flavours. As per the cuisine and region variation, kheer is prepared in different yet unique style.
Different types of Kheer preparations:
In Bengali culture, coconut milk is added to prepare thicker and creamier kheer. In Orissa, jiggery is added in this as a sweetener; similarly North Indian kheer is prepared using dry fruits and condiments.
Here we will be preparing a North-Indian style of kheer. So let us move on to the methods and procedures as directed below:-
Ingredients for Kheer-
- Kheer rice- 1 cup
- Whole cream milk– 4-5 cups
- Ghee- 1 ½ tablespoon
- Sugar- 4 tablespoons
- Raisins- 8-10
- Cashew nuts- 5-6
- Saffron- 1 teaspoon
- Pistachio- 6-8
- Almonds– 4-5
- Cardamom powder- 2 teaspoon
Methods of preparation-
- First of all, wash the rice properly and keep aside.
- Now in a deep base vessel, heat some ghee and add all the rice to it. In a low flame cook for a minute till the texture of rice turns milky white.
- Now, you can add milk to it. In a medium flame cook nicely.
- You need to stir it in every 5 minutes. It will take almost half hour to be cooked.
- After 20 minutes of cooking you will notice a sweet smell arising from the pot.
- You can add half of all the dry fruits. Half will be used for garnishing.
- Before adding the dry fruits, you need to cut and blanch them.
- Now stir it and check the rice texture. The cooked form will be very soft.
- As the mixture turns greasy and thick. Add sugar and cardamom powder and stir well.
- After a minute, turn off the flame and garnish it will left dry fruits and saffron threads. Your dish will be of light red-white in texture. It is the magic of saffron.
- So, you can serve it hot or chilled; all depends on your taste. But the refrigerated one is much tastier than hot one. Enjoy…..
Our Indian tradition comprises of many yummy dishes that has their own value and taste. Kheer is one of them. Beside taste, it is also rich in health benefits. Its condiments and ingredients all are highly nutritious and healthy.
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