Kheer with Berries
by Shrimoyee Chakraborty
The influence of Indian food in the West is massive where there are Indian restaurants in every neighborhood, people love curries and try to make it at home. To an extent where they say that Curry is the most popular dish of Britain. But Indian food is not all about curries; there is a wide range of Indian food, which is obvious because of the sheer size and diversity of India.
It’s the festive season and Christmas is round the corner so I’ve decided to make an Indian Desert because not many people are familiar about the various mouth-watering deserts we have in India. The desert recipe I am going to share here is one of the most popular dish in India called Kheer, which originated in Northern India and then other parts of India came out with their own versions of it. The primary ingredient for Kheer is full fat milk and then its up to the person cooking to add their individual touch to it.
- 500 ml full fat milk
- 2 dried bay leaves
- 3 cardamoms crushed
- 15 cashews crushed/broken/whole
- 15 raisins
- Handful of Almond flakes
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2-table spoon honey
- ¼ cup whipped fresh cream (double)
- ¼ of lime/ lemon
- 1-tablespoon condensed milk
- 5-6 strawberries
- Handful of blueberries
Sauté the cashews, almond flakes, bay leaves and cardamom in a heated pan for about 40 seconds.
- Add the milk to it and bring it to boil, keep increasing and reducing the heat as the milk starts boiling. Don’t leave the room because milk can always overflow once it starts boiling. Keep boiling the milk till it slowly gets a pinkish/yellowish color and gets thick.
- Add the sugar into it and keep stirring.
- Add the condensed milk, honey and keep stirring by now the milk should be thicker and creamier.
- Add the fresh whipped cream to make the milk even thicker and then add the raisins.
- Finally when the milk has reduced the ¼ of what it was add the juice of ¼ of a small lemon to it to change the liquid texture.
- Taste and see if you want to add more sugar and your dish is ready to be served.
Serve it hot in a bowl with the berries on the side, and your Kheer is ready to be devoured! 🙂 You will find many more such authentic Indian recipes on my blog.