Last Updated on May 24, 2023
Indulging in a warm, creamy bowl of rice kheer is like wrapping yourself in a cozy blanket of comfort. This traditional Indian dessert has won hearts across the globe with its rich flavors and velvety texture. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply craving a sweet treat, learning how to make rice kheer will bring joy to your taste buds. So let’s embark on a culinary adventure and unlock the secrets to creating a delectable bowl of this delightful dessert.
To create the perfect rice kheer, gather the following ingredients:
- 1/2 cup Basmati rice (washed and soaked for 30 minutes)
- 4 cups whole milk
- 1/2 cup condensed milk
- 1/4 cup sugar (adjust to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
- A pinch of saffron strands (optional)
- 2 tablespoons chopped nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachios)
- 1 tablespoon raisins
- 1 teaspoon ghee (clarified butter)
- A few strands of saffron for garnish (optional)
- Edible rose petals for garnish (optional)
- Rinse and soak the Basmati rice: Begin by rinsing the Basmati rice thoroughly under running water to remove any impurities. Then, soak it in water for about 30 minutes. This step ensures the rice cooks evenly and gives the kheer a creamy texture.
- Cook the rice: Drain the soaked rice and transfer it to a heavy-bottomed pan. Add enough water to cover the rice and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and let the rice simmer until it is 70-80% cooked. Avoid overcooking the rice at this stage, as it will continue to cook in the milk later.
- Prepare the milk mixture: In a separate large saucepan, bring the whole milk to a gentle boil over medium heat. Stir occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Reduce the heat to low and let the milk simmer for about 10-15 minutes, allowing it to thicken slightly.
- Add the cooked rice to the milk: Once the milk has thickened, carefully add the partially cooked rice to the saucepan. Stir gently to combine the rice and milk, ensuring they blend well together. Simmer the mixture on low heat, stirring occasionally, until the rice is fully cooked and the kheer reaches the desired consistency. This process usually takes around 30-40 minutes.
- Sweeten and flavor the kheer: Now it’s time to add the condensed milk and sugar to the saucepan. Stir well until the sugar dissolves completely. Incorporate the cardamom powder and saffron strands (if using), infusing the kheer with a delightful aroma and flavor. Allow the kheer to simmer for another 5-10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
- Add nuts and raisins: In a small frying pan, heat ghee over medium heat. Add the chopped nuts and raisins, sautéing them until the nuts turn golden and the raisins plump up. Transfer this mixture to the kheer, reserving a small portion for garnish.
- Serve and garnish: Remove the rice kheer from heat and let it cool for a few minutes. Ladle it into serving bowls or cups, garnishing with a few strands of saffron, a sprinkle of the reserved nuts and raisins, and edible rose petals if desired.
However you choose to prepare and enjoy your rice kheer, it’s a special treat for both celebrations and the everyday. Share your unique variation with those close to you and be ready to be asked for the recipe.