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Kheer (खीर) Rice Pudding – A Pure Food

Posted in : Desert, Nepali on by : Sunita Dhungana

Originally Published: Aug 06 2013

What is Kheer?

Kheer (खीर) ,also known as Payasam, is rice pudding, which is a traditional dish in Nepal. Kheer being a favorite sweet dish, is an integral part of parties and ceremonies. It is also regarded as a pure food and hence it is used in religious celebrations and fastings. In Nepal, one of the popular days to eat kheer is Shrawan 15th. On this day, kheer is consumed rather as a meal than dessert.

There are many variations of Kheer recipes, and here is my version:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup Rice (I prefer to use Japanese Sushi rice as it is short in length and sticky in texture)
  • 1 Gallon Whole Milk
  • 1 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 1 cup chopped dried fruits (coconut, cashew nut, almond, sweek raisin etc)
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • A pinch of saffron

Directions to Prepare Kheer/Khir
Bring Milk to boil in a big container. In a seperate bowl, mix rice with ghee so that rice is coated with ghee evenly. Once the milk starts boiling, add rice into it and stir it continually. Kheer is best cooked on a low heat as it prevent milk from burning. Cook the mixture for about an hour till the rice is soft and plump. At this time, add condensed milk, dried fruits, shafroon and mix well. Kheer is ready to be served. Any leftover can be preserved in the refrigerator and enjoyed as cold dessert the next day.

Kheer is typically served with Aalu Tareko.

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