Payas Dessert

Just like Halloween is incomplete without Pumpkins, an Indian festival is incomplete without this Kheer. "Kheer" in Hindi denotes sweet pudding commonly referring to Rice Pudding. This pudding is commonly called "Payas" by Bengalis. I enjoy this sweet pudding on special occasions and it was the first dish in my New kitchen..

Payas Dessert
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  • 1/2 Cup Short grained Rice
  • 4 cups Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar to taste
  • Pinch of Saffron
  • 1tbsp Nuts (almonds, pistachios and cashews)
  • 5-6 Raisins
  • 1 tsp Ghee (clarified butter)
  • Directions

    1. In a saucepan, heat the ghee. Add the nuts(chopped) along with raisins. Set aside when raisins get plump and nuts turn reddish brown.
    2. In the same pan, roast the rice for 2-3 minutes in low heat.
    3. Now add the milk. Increase the heat to med-high and let it come to a boil.
    4. Give it an occasional stir so that the milk does not stick to the bottom. Take care not to let the milk burn. Even a little burn spoils the milk. Add sugar and give it a stir.
    5. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the milk has reduced in half. Keep stirring often.
    6. Add rest of the ingredients - saffron, cardamom and half of the roasted nuts. Give it a stir until combined and serve garnished with the remaining nuts.

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