Aashmini Bhetwal (Kathmandu-based food blogger)
The sweet rice pudding, kheer is one of the finest dish in Nepal. It is a dish originated from the cuisine of the Indian sub-continent. It is made by boiling rice, broken wheat, tapioca and vermicelli with milk and sugar; it is flavoured with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashews, pistachios or almonds and other dry fruits. It is typically served during a meal or as a dessert. In Nepal it is served mostly in festivals, temples and special occasions. It is offered to Hindu deities as bhog or prasad. The dish is also consumed during Ramadan prepared for the feasts of Muslim weddings and festival. In Nepal, kheer is one of the integral dishs in parties and ceremonies. From marriage ceremonies to funeral, this sweet dish is served and eaten in all such occasions and gatherings.
The utensils used to prepare this dish are:
Cooking pan (having a thick bottom)
Bowl (to mix)
A String spoon
The ingredients used are:
The dish is comfortable to cook. The procedure is as simple as it looks.Firstly, the milk is boiled along with sugar. The rice and Ghee are mixed well together in a bowl. After the milk is boiled properly, the mixed rice is added in the milk and blended with the heat on. The dish is heated well until the rice is finely cooked. The dish is heated for about 15-20 minutes. At the end dry fruits and other remaining ingredients such as cashew nuts, pepper, cardamom and other nuts are added or garnished in the prepared dish. Finally the sweet rice pudding is ready to be served. It is served in a plate with curry or roti. The dish can be eaten with any other dish of your choice. The specialty of it is that, this dish is favored by both the temperature, hot and cold . Hence, the dish can be served in both hot or cold.