My favorite ingredient to play with in the kitchen is saffron. I love the color and fragrance of this aromatic spice. Who can resist the beautiful light yellow color and sweet fragrance. So whenever I make kheer or any other Indian desert I use saffron. A magical combination of saffron with all the dry fruits take the kheer to the next level.
Rice pudding, or Kheer is a traditional Indian desert that is made of whole milk with rice. It has quite a sweet and creamy texture. Recipes for Kheer vary from state to state. The recipe that I am sharing is my own recipe which I have perfected in the last so many years.
There is a little twist in the recipe where I put the rice after sauteing with ghee for a few minutes. That releases a beautiful aroma. Then I add saffron ,which enhances the look and feel of this beautiful desert.
Take one liter of milk
1/3 cup of rice
1 pinch of saffron
Sugar according to taste . I have used one cup of sugar.
Mix dry fruits fine chopped 1/2 cup
In a big deep pan add one tablespoon of ghee.
Add dry fruits.
Add rice .
Saute for few minutes.
It will change its color and will be little golden.
Now on slow flame keep this stiring for around 40-45 minutes. Stir it in between so that it does not stick to the bottom of the vessel.
Add saffron .
After 40 -45 minutes when it looks thick enough, add sugar .
Keep it on stove for another 8-10 minutes then remove.
Serve it warm or chilled depending on your choice.
Sprinkle some finally chopped pistachio over it.