30 minute Kheer, an easy summer refresher

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So I will start this post off with the fact that Texas is at it’s peak heat (at least in my opinion). Now, it’s pretty well known that Texas is hot in the summer. However, now we are hitting triple digit temperatures.

To combat that, I plan on using this recipe that I developed. Kheer – or Indian rice pudding, is an easy, cheap and utterly refreshing dessert. Unlike traditional puddings, kheer is on the liquidy side, so it leaves you feeling cooled when you are done eating it. Also, one of the key ingredients of this pudding is cardamom. A sweet and citrusy spice, cardamom lends this dessert an exotic kick that blends perfectly with the milk. Just to add a little texture, I mixed in some sliced almonds to cut through the soft, almost mushy rice.

On one last note, in this recipe, I used a special type of rice that has already been pressed and flattened into a thin flake. You can use any type of rice for this, but in my case I had this on hand and thought it would break down nicely in this dish.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup flattened rice, or 1/4 cup of any other type of rice
  • 1/4 cup sugar, you can add more if you wish after this dessert is chilled
  • 1 tbs ground cardamom powder (Try to find this at a Indian grocery store as this spice can be heavily overpriced in non-specialty stores.)
  • A few tbs to taste of sliced almonds or crushed pistachios

Step 1: Mix all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil while constantly stirring. It is essential to keep the milk moving over the heat or the fat in the liquid will burn.

Step 2: When the milk is at a heavy boil, reduce the heat to medium, stirring occasionally. Cook 15 to 20 minutes until the rice is fully cooked and starting to fall apart. You want the rice to be pretty soft and mushy as that will help thicken the milk slightly.

Step 3: When the kheer is fully cooked and has a texture similar to thin oatmeal, pull the pan from the heat. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Then, store the kheer in the fridge to cool fully. You want this ice cold.

Step 4: Serve with more nuts sprinkled on top.

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Steamed mango pudding

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I thought of this recipe after making my udon egg custard recipe post. I loved how you could take only two ingredients and create a custard. Though I filled that dish with udon noodles and salmon, I wondered about how I could use that technique for a dessert.

Thinking of the instant mango puddings I often got at dim sum as a child, I thought to make a healthier alternative. This recipe can easily be made without any sugar if the mango is ripe enough (or if your pre-made mango juice is sweet enough).

The key to this recipe comes in two steps. First, you must run the un-cooked custard through a strainer to remove random egg bits and mango fibers. Second, this recipe does not taste good when warm. This has to be fully cold to be ready to serve.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mango juice. You can either grind your own or use pre-processed juice, but try to avoid bottled juice with too much added sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Drizzle of honey
  • Optional: cream or coconut cream for topping

Step 1: Put a cloth towel on the bottom of a deep-depth frying pan. In a separate saucepan, boil enough water to fill the frying pan half-way.

Step 2: Crack the egg into a large mixing bowl. Run a fork through the egg whites to break them up. Then break the egg yolk and mix well.

Step 3: Add the mango juice and honey. Whisk well, then run the liquid through a fine-mesh strainer. Pour the remaining liquid into individual serving cups and then cover the filled cups securely with plastic wrap. Place the cups into the cloth-lined frying pan.

Step 4: Pour the boiling water into the frying pan – there should be enough water to cover the bottom 1/2 to 1/3 of the cups. Cover the pan with a lid and bring the pan to a rolling boil. When the water is fully boiling, reduce the heat to medium and cook another 10-15 minutes. The pudding is done when the top of the custard is opaque and you can push a skewer into the custard and it is solid.

Step 5: Pull the custard cups out of the water and have them come to room temperature. Then when they are cool, but them in the fridge for a couple hours to become fully cold. Serve with a drizzle of cream and sesame seeds.

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