Weather is changing so quickly, from beautiful and pleasant spring we are quickly moving to hot and dusty summers. Kind of weather when all you need is something that cools you down from inside out.
Summer coolers would be nice, but doesn’t rice kheer sounds better? I am not into sweets or desserts, really never have been, but some days are just like that, you crave something, memories of the bygone days, lingering tastes that are associated with some love, people, and some more happy memories.
To me, rice kheer is one dessert that matters to me more because it reminds me of happy memories of childhood, of get-togethers at grandparents, where a whole brood of cousins would get together during summer vacations, and of my grandmother who would lovingly cook so much food to keep our tummies full and happy.
On slow wood fired stove she would let milk boil for a long time till it acquired thick and creamy texture before adding washed and soaked rice, and again patiently let it cook for a perfect creamy kheer; that was so delicately flavoured with cardamom and last she would add her special touch loads of chopped nuts. Did I tell you I am nuts about nuts 🙂
So rice kheer it was, but with my own special touch. Recently hubs got some saffron from Kashmir, a delicate flavour that I just love to add whenever I am cooking something traditional or special and also loads of almonds that he got from there.
For Rice kheer or Chawal ki kheer as it is popularly known rice are cooked in milk along with nuts till it acquires a creamy consistency and cardamom and nuts are added towards last few minutes along with adding some sugar/jaggery etc.
But I wanted to add more of nutty flavour to it so I reduced the amount of rice that originally recipe calls for by ¼, and replaced that with coarsely grounded almonds. The End result was a perfect nutty taste that was so creamy in texture, something worth enjoying if you are eating a dessert. Dessert is a dish that if you are indulging in, taste should totally justify the guilt that it accompanies and more so when you eat a big bowl of rice kheer.
Another kheer recipes you can find on my website are
Carrot Kheer or Gajar ki Kheer
Sabudana Kheer or Sabudane ki Kheer
Kheer, payasam or payesh is simple indian desserts that is so easy to cook.