Gaajar Ki Kheer (Carrot & Rice Pudding)


Another winter sweet dish from Pakistan. We get really good, juicy, red carrots there in winter season and they are used in various sweet dishes, pickles and Murabbas (sweet pickle) and here I am gonna tell you a beautiful recipe with is made of carrots, ground rice and milk scented with cardamom and kewra. This dish is also very popular in Pakistan, specialy when it comes to home cooking. People make it as sweet dish after dinner. It is very nutritious but a bit fattening but anything taken in moderation is not bad for you….. Lets get started!

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 litres of full cream milk
  • 4 carrots (peeled and grated)
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup Khoya
  • 4 – 5 cardamom pods (crushed in mortar and pestle)
  • 4 tbspns kewra water
  • Some sliced almonds and pistachios

FOR KHOYA

  • 250 gms full cream milk powder
  • 150 ml full cream

Procedure:

-For khoya combine the two ingredients and microwave for 2 minutes without mixing.

-Take the bowl out stir and make a paste. Microwave the paste for 2.5 minutes. Take it out and allow to cool.

-Khoya is ready

-Take ¼ of khoya and put it in fridge for garnishing the final product.

-In a thick bottomed deep pan, pour some milk and let it half boil on medium heat. Stir occasionally; we don’t want milk to stick to the bottom.

-Meanwhile take 1.5 cups of water and 1 cup of basmati rice and microwave for 4 minutes. This will speed up the process of soaking the rice in water for 30 minutes or 1 hr. Take out the rice and crush them in mortal and pestle or in a blender with some cold milk.

-When the milk is about to boil add carrots, sugar, cardamom and ground rice. Stir.

-Let everything cook on low – medium heat with occasional stirring.

-When it gets thick and rice is fully cooked add khoya and mix. Cook for 10 more minutes and remove from heat.

-Spoon the mixture in a deep serving bowl and let it cool down a bit on your kitchen counter. Then refrigerate for 6 hours.

-When it is time to serve garnish with some almonds, pistachios and reserved khoya and there you go! You are ready to delight your guests.

Khoya is a traditional ingredient of South Asia which is widely used in South Asian sweets (gulaab jaman, barfi, Peda, etc.) and sweet dishes (gajar ka halwa, kheer, rabbri Milk, Zarda, etc.). It is basically milk solids which is mainly obtained by boiling and cooking milk to an extent when all the water is evaporated and only dough like thick milk solids are left. This method is mostly used by Halwaii (the person who make sweets for shops). As this method is very time consuming so just to cut down some time I have this easy and less time consuming method for you (which i mentioned above). The taste and quality is almost the same. Hope you guys like it 🙂

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