Kesar di Kheer - Saffron Rice Pudding

Recipe from What's For Lunch, Honey?   

Ingredients

200 long grain rice, I prefer to use Aroborio rice as it holds up its shape better
100g fine grained sugar
720 ml milk
pinch of saffron, threads
2-3 tablespoons ghee or clarified butter
3-4 cardamom pods
half a stick cinnamon
50g almonds + more for decoration, skinless and sliced
50g pistachios + more for decoration, coarsely chopped
30g golden raisins

Method

  1. Steep the saffron threads in a tablespoon warm milk.

  2. In a large saucepan melt the ghee/clarified butter. Add the rice and sauté till slightly transparent. Slightly crack the cardamom pods, throw into the saucepan along with the cinnamon stick and continue to sauté for another minute or so.

  3. Pour in half of the milk and bring to a boil. Gently simmer until some of the milk has been soaked into the rice, stirring occasionally to avoid the rice from sticking to the bottom of the saucepan. Then add the saffron milk and gently stir to incorporate. Finally add sugar, raisins, almonds and pistachios. Pour the remaining milk and simmer on a low until the rice is plump and cooked and the liquid had evaporated. Stir occasionally.

  4. Divide into bowls and sprinkle with chopped pistachios and sliced almonds. Serve warm.

 Food Guide tips:

- Cardamom – aromatic and powerful
- Cinnamon – sweet and lovely
- Almonds – delicately flavored and highly versatile
- Pistachios – the queen of nuts