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Thursday, 2 February 2017

Nolen Gurer Payesh (Rice Pudding with Date Palm Jaggery - Bengali Style)

          This is a traditional Bengali Rice Kheer / Pudding / Payasam prepared with Date Palm Jaggery called Nolen / Notun Gur. This type of jaggery is available only during winter and you can dish out a wide range of sweets with it. 

          A special variety of aromatic rice called Gobindo Bhog is used in this recipe. But you can also substitute it with Basmati Rice. Relish it at room temperature or chilled. So check for a step by step method with pictures to prepare this sweet delicacy.

          Rice Kheer is traditionally prepared by boiling milk along with rice, sugar / jaggery. This involves a lot of stirring till the rice is cooked and you get the desired consistency. But today I would like to share an easy method that I came across. 

          I used boiled rice which was later mixed with the remaining ingredients. This takes very less time and effort, retaining the same taste and flavour. Enjoy it as an after meal dessert or relish it as a side dish with poori or paratha. It is simply wholesome and very satisfying.

  • 1/4 cup small grained aromatic rice, soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. ghee
  • 1/2 cup jaggery (Nolen gur)
  • 1/3 cup milk powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cardamom powder
  • 1-2 tsp. chopped pistachios 
  • pinch of saffron

          Pressure cook the rice in 3/4 cup water and bay leaves for 3-4 whistles. Discard the bay leaves and add a pinch of salt and ghee. Mash well. 

          Then add the milk, cardamom powder, jaggery and milk powder. Combine everything well. Garnish with chopped nuts and saffron and serve at room temperature or chilled.

                               Add a pinch of salt and ghee to the boiled rice and mash well. 

                               Then add the milk, cardamom powder, 

                                The nolen gur (Jaggery).

                               Heat in the microwave for a minute.

                                jaggery and 

                                milk powder. 

                                Combine everything well. 

                  Garnish with chopped nuts & saffron and serve at room temperature / chilled.

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