Can I make any dessert with poha and sugar? Or what about peanuts and sugar? There was rice in the pantry. OK. And milk in the refrigerator, OK. And sugar on the counter top, OK. Coincidentally, I had carried saffron with me for the fear of spoiling it in during shipment and in storage, and had some walnuts that I had packed to munch on in the flight.
There - chawal ki kheer (rice pudding) was my solution.
|Rice Kheer - Chawal ki Kheer|
1 tsp ghee
2 Tbsp basmati rice, ideally, else use sona masoori if no other choice
3-4 cups whole milk
few strands of saffron
¼ tsp cardamom powder
2-4 Tbsp chopped/sliced dry fruits and nuts of your choice (pistachio, almond, cashew, raisin...)
Initial Prep before you start to make Rice Kheer: Rinse and immerse rice in some water for 20 minutes if you have time. Else rinse and drain to start cooking.
|how to make chawal ki kheer|
2. Pour milk in pan. Reserve some for Step 4.
3. Let boil, stir once in a while.
4. Meanwhile, dissolve saffron in some milk, keep aside.
5. Saute dry fruits and nuts in remaining 1/2 tsp ghee, keep aside.
6. When milk reduces in quantity, the rice expands and is tender, and the kheer thickens up to your desired consistency ... add cardamom powder + sugar + saffron-dissolved-milk + dry fruits and nuts. Mix everything well and switch off heat. Chawal ki kheer is ready.
If we think about it, of all the ingredients, only rice + milk + sugar are essential for chawal ki kheer - everything else is optional, really, mostly for just additional flavors.
|chawal ki kheer with saffron and nuts|
Chawal ki kheer may be simple, but it does come with a lot of individual preferences.
|Chawal ki Kheer - Rice Pudding|
Your turn: which other sweet dish or dessert can you think of on the same lines?
[here's a challenge for you: leave a comment only related to this question]
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