Here comes the biggest Indian festival, Diwali. This year Diwali is falling on October 23, 2014. Diwali is not only celebrated in India, but Nepal, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana and Fiji. This festival symbolizes victory of good over evil. On Diwali, people lighten up their houses with earthen lamps and candles.
A special prayer is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the giver of wealth and prosperity. Firework follows immediately after the evening prayer. Gifts are exchanged between the friends and family. And as I always say, any festival is incomplete without food, especially the yummy dessert recipes. So let’s welcome Diwali with great pomp and show. I’m making kheer, the authentic Indian rice pudding. So jump with yummzz :P.
2 tablespoons Sugar,
1 1/2 cup Cooked Rice,
2 cups Full Cream Milk,
3 teaspoons Clarified butter,
1/2 tablespoon chopped Almonds,
1 Pinch teaspoon Nutmeg Powder,
1/2 tablespoon chopped Pistachios,
1/3 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk,
1/2 tablespoon chopped Cashew nuts.
1. Heat 1 teaspoon of clarified butter in a heavy bottomed pan. Roast cashew nuts, pistachios and almonds until light brown for a minute. Transfer the nuts to a plate.
2. Place milk, condensed milk, sugar and cooked rice in the same pan. Stir continuously and cook until milk is absorbed. The mixture must be medium thick. It will take approximately 15 minutes on low flame.
3. Add in it nutmeg powder, 2 teaspoons of clarified butter and mix well. Transfer prepared kheer to a serving bowl. Garnish with roasted nuts. Serve hot or cold!