Rice Pearls Kheer (Homemade/Handmade Seviyan)

April 14,2014

Kheer is prepared in festivals, temples, and all special occasions. The term Kheer (used in North India) is derived from Sanskrit words Ksheeram (which means milk). Other terms like Payasa or Payasam (used in South India) or payesh (used in Bengal region) are derived from the Sanskrit word Payasa or Payasam which also means "milk". It is prepared using milk, rice, ghee, sugar/jaggery, khoya. Some also add a little bit of heavy cream for a richer taste. It is often garnished using almonds, cashews, raisins and pistachios.  

The seviyan used here is handmade by the ladies of Punjab who live in the interiors.  These are so beautifully made like small rice pearls.  These seviyan are made of all purpose flour.  These rice pearls ( I call them rice pearls because it looks exactly  like that see pic) is given to me by my friend Sweety.  These are made by her relatives there.  The jaggery (organic) used here is also given by her. The khoya that is used is also homemade will post the recipe soon.

The Kheer tasted so lovely and delicious.  Thank you Sweety for these lovely pearls.  H enjoyed this Kheer. Lets go to the recipe.

1/4 cup Seviyan
500 ml Milk
3 Tablespoon Jaggery/ Sugar ( I used organic jaggery)
8 Cashew nuts (roasted and chopped)
8 Almonds (roasted and chopped)
5 Dried Rose petals crushed by hand
2 Teaspoon Raisins
1 Teaspoon Cardamom Powder
1 Tablespoon Khoya
1 Tablespoon Desi ghee

Heat ghee in a skillet, add in the rice pearls and roast until they turn golden brown, on medium flame. Remove them from flame and keep aside. In the same skillet, roast cashew nuts and almonds (drizzle few drops of desi ghee, if needed) and then chop.
Place a deep heavy bottomed pan on flame, pour in milk and bring it to boil on high flame. When it comes to boil, lower the flame and let it simmer.  Start stirring and reduce it by 1/3 ,with stirring and scraping the sides of the pan.  Mix in roasted rice pearls. Stir cook for 5-8 minutes or more. Now add jaggery dissolve it with stirring and cook again for 5 minutes. Then add the khoya and rose petals when it dissolves well, Turn off flame and mix cardamom powder & all dry fruits and nuts. Enjoy it cold garnished with other chopped nuts and dry fruits.  This awesome light pink color comes from the rose petals.

Labels:  Sweets &  Desserts, Healthy.
sneha datar
sneha datar

Happy Home-maker and culinary enthusiast.

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