Kheer also known as Payasam ,Payasa or Payesh is a rice pudding,which is a traditional South Asian sweet dish.It is made by boiling rice or broken wheat with milk and sugar,and flavoured with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashew nuts, pistachios or almonds. It is typically served during a meal or also consumed alone as a dessert.It is prepared in festivals,temples,and all special occasions.It is an essential dish in many Hindu feasts and celebrations.While the dish is most often made with rice,it can also be made with other ingredients such as vermicelli (seviyan, seviyaan, sayviah, or other spellings).
Basmati rice-1/2 cup
Whole milk-2 ltrs
Sugar-3/4 cup(as required)
Crushed cardamom-1 tsp
Handful of cashews & raisins
1-Wash the rice & drain water.Keep aside for about 25-30 mints.Roast the dry fruits with little ghee and keep aside.
2-In a thick bottom pan heat ghee,add 1 tbsp of sugar and wait till the sugar becomes red in colour.Be careful otherwise the sugar may burn.
3-Then immediately add the rice and bay leaf and stir for 5-6 mins.Add milk bring to boil and simmer gently until the rice is soft on medium-low flame.
4-Keep stirring at regular interval.When the rice is fully cooked add sugar,salt,dry fruits,cardamom powder and simmer for 6-8 minutes.
5-As the contents turn semi-thick,switch off the flame.Kheer is ready to serve.Serve chilled.