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Here, Rediff reader Baishali Ghosh tells us how to make a traditional Bengali Kheer.
Nolen Gurer Payesh is a traditional Bengali delicacy made with rice and date palm jaggery.
Here's the recipe:
- 200 gm gobindo bhog rice
- 1 litre full cream milk
- 1/2 cup date palm jaggery
- Chopped nuts or cashew and raisins for garnishing
- 1 tbsp ghee
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
- In a thick bottom pan, boil milk on low to medium heat, stirring continuously. Add bay leaf and cardamom powder.
- Wash and soak rice in water for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Heat ghee in a pan, add rice and fry for a couple of minutes.
- Once milk starts to thicken, add rice. Stir continuously.
- After rice is cooked, add jaggery to the payesh. Boil for 5 to 10 minutes. Stir continuously.
- Check the sweetness. If you feel that it needs to be sweeter, add more jaggery.
- Switch off the gas, add chopped nuts, cashews or raisins.
- Serve warm or cold.
Photograph: Baishali Ghosh
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