Chawal ki kheer or Bihari style Rice Kheer is also a traditional Indian sweet made with rice, milk, and sugar, flavoured with different spices.
This chawal kheer is a perfect dish to celebrate festivals or any special occasion in Indian homes. You can serve this as an after-meal dessert and make a perfect one to end your meal.
Across India, Rice Kheer or Rice Payasam is a common sweet made in different ways. In Tamil Cuisine, we call it Pal Payasam, and similar to it in Andhra Cuisine, it can be referred to as paramannam. Although Pal Payasam and Paramannam are not the same.
First of all, Paramannam is Sakkarai Pongal, where one can make with both sugar and Jaggery. We make it both with Raw Rice and Cooked Rice. More on it in the Annam Payasam.
Finally, checking the different Bihari Thali Recipes, certainly made me check the different Bihari Breakfast recipes. The theme, I was planning was Flatbread from Different states. Similarly, another factor I have to meet was to make breakfast recipes. I had made this gravy side dish for the puri, Bihari Chole Masala.
I ended up selecting Bihari Chana Dal Puri, which I served with Chana Masala, the famous Bihari Aloo Bhujia. Also as it was a thali, I also planned on making some sweets on the side, as no thali is complete without a sweet, I picked on making this Bihari Style Chawal Ki Kheer.
Rice Kheer in Bihari cuisine:
I was reading about Rice Kheer or Rice pudding to be common during festivals and special occasions in Bihari cuisine. The specialty of Bihari kheer is making it with more quantity of rice than usual.
Bihari cuisine doesn't use saffron in its traditional version. Another tradition is making the kheer in earthen pots on charcoal. The kheer gests earthen pot flavours and they don’t use saffron extra flavouring.
On special occasions like welcoming the bride or other festivals, it is normal to have Kheer made. For Chhath Puja, the kheer is made without sugar. They cook the milk pudding on low flame in earthen pots. In this method, the basmati rice gives it a very nice flavour and a delicate aroma.
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Making Chawal ki kheer
Ingredients Used in making Bihari style Rice Kheer
Rice: North Indian kheer uses Basmati Rice. This aromatic rice lends its aroma to the kheer.
Sugar: You can use regular Sugar to make this sweet. However, some versions using basmati rice skip sugar as the rice makes it aromatic and delicate sweetness to the kheer
Nuts: Enhance your kheer by using different nuts like Cashews, Almonds.
Spices: Apart from Cardamom, you can use Nutmeg powder and Saffron as well.
Chawal ki kheer | Bihari Style Rice Kheer
- 1 liter Milk
- 1/2 cup Basmati Rice
- 1 tbsp Ghee
- 3/4 cup Sugar
- 10 nos Almonds / Badam
- 5 nos Pistachio
- 1/8 tsp Nutmeg Powder / Jaiphal Powder
- 1/4 tsp Cardamom Powder
- Few strands Saffron Strands
- Wash the basmati rice, soak for at least 30 minutes
- Meanwhile, take the milk in a pan and bring it to a boil. Simmer for 10 mins.
- Once the rice is soaked, take a pressure cooker, heat ghee.
- Add the drained rice and saute well.
- Add half of the boiled milk and cover with a lid.
- Pressure cook for 3 to 4 whistles.
- Once the pressure falls down, remove the lid and using a ladle, mix well.
- Simmer the flame to low, add the remaining milk, and let the milk thicken.
- Keep stirring till you find the pudding in good consistency. This takes about 20 mins.
- Add saffron and stir well. Next, add the nutmeg and cardamom powder.
- Continue cooking, finally add the finely chopped nuts on top.
- When the kheer reaches thick creamy pudding, switch off and serve hot or chilled as per your choice.