Rice Kheer

Rice Kheer is a sweet rice pudding from India. It is very versatile and can be served warm or cold, and garnished with your choice of dried fruits or nuts.

1/2 c Rice
4 c Milk
1/4 c Raisins
3/4-1 cup Sugar
1 tsp. Cardamom seeds
1/4 c Shredded blanched almonds
6-8 drops Rose water
1/2 c Water

Wash and drain the rice. Soak in 1/2 c water for 1/2 hour. Boil the rice in the same water until it is coated and the water dries up. Add the milk and simmer on low heat until rice is well blended with consistency similar to porridge. Stir occasionally at first and then constantly when the milk begins to thicken, to prevent the ingredients from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Add the sugar, almonds, ground cardamom, and raisins and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and set aside. Sprinkle with the rose water.

Serve warm or chilled in dessert bowls.

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