- ¼ cup basmati rice
- 4 cups whole milk
- ¼ cup water
- 6 to 8 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 pinch Kashmiri Saffron
- ½ teaspoon ground Baraka Green Cardamom or Iniya Green Cardamom
- 2 tablespoons sweet raisins (optional)
- 10 almonds, blanched and chopped
- 10 pistachios, chopped (optional)
- Panneer Rose petals for garnishing
Place the rice in a large bowl and rinse with cold water until the water runs clear, about 3 to 4 times. Fill the bowl with fresh water and let it soak until the grains can easily be broken with your fingers, about 2 hours and up to 4 hours. Gently crush the rice with your fingers, you’ll notice the long grain breaks into smaller pieces easily. Drain the water completely.
Pour the water into a large, heavy-bottomed pot (this prevents kheer from getting scorched at the bottom). Add in the milk, place over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently to prevent the milk from scorching on the bottom of the pan.
Add the drained rice to the milk on a medium flame , and cook, stirring frequently, until the rice is fully cooked through, is soft and lightly mushy, about 20-25 minutes. Cover pot partially with lid — pro tip: let the steam escape the pot at all times to prevent overflow and to keep rice from turning to mush!
Add the sugar, stirring to combine, and continue to cook until the rice kheer turns thick, about 15 minutes.
Stir in the saffron (at this point, your rice kheer will turn a beautiful, silky yellow). Keep stirring continuously to prevent burning. Stir in the ground cardamom, raisins, and nuts, and cook until the rice kheer reaches your desired consistency, about 5 to 7 minutes, keeping in mind that the kheer will thicken more as it cools down. Cool to room temperature or refrigerate until chilled.
To serve, garnish rice kheer with more nuts and rose petals.
*The traditional recipe does not use sweetened condensed milk but you can add 2 to 3 tablespoons of condensed milk in the end for enhanced flavor. Just make sure to adjust the quantity of sugar in the beginning to desired sweetness.
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