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Indian Rice Pudding & Dried Fruit (Shahi kheer)

Indian Rice Pudding & Dried Fruit (Shahi kheer)

Shahi Kheer is a traditional Indian dessert, also called Mahana pudding. It is redolent with spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, saffron and ginger. This recipe is from renowned chef Zara Karmali.

  • Serves: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

    1½ cups Spekko Royal Umbrella Jasmine Rice, washed and soaked for 30 minutes in enough water to cover, then drained.

    750 ml (3 cups) water

    3 litre (6 cups) milk

    250 ml (1 cup) sugar

    ¼ tsp crushed cardamom seeds

    ¼ tsp cinnamon 10 – 15 strands saffron, crushed, soaked in 1 teaspoon warm milk

    7 – 8 almonds, chopped

    7 – 8 unsalted pistachios, chopped

    5 ml (1 tsp) ground ginger

    5 ml (1 tsp) chopped dried apricot

    5 ml (1 tsp) chopped dried figs

Method

    1. Boil rice in water till half done.1. Boil rice in water till half done.

    2. Drain the rice and separate it on a tray over a dry cloth.

    3. In a saucepan, heat the milk and bring to a boil. Add rice, stirring continuously on medium heat.

    4. Simmer, stirring occasionally, to keep rice from sticking to bottom. Make sure the rice does not get mashed – stir in same direction and slowly add the sugar, cardamom, cinnamon, saffron, almonds and pistachios.

    5. When rice is cooked, remove from heat and add the dried fruit. Serve hot.