Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding)


  • 6 tbsp. jasmine rice
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. lightly crushed saffron
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 6 cups milk
  • 3 oz. jaggary or 6 tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced pistachios


  1. Place rice in a fine strainer, and rinse under running water until water runs clear; drain thoroughly.
  2. Heat butter in a 10″ skillet over medium heat; add rice, saffron, and cardamom, and cook, stirring until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add milk, and cook, stirring occasionally, until milk is reduced by half and rice is tender, about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  4. Add jaggary, almonds, and half the pistachios, and cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a serving bowl, and garnish with remaining pistachios before serving.

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