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Pakistani Kheer Recipe: A Guide to Making an Authentic Version of This South Asian Dessert

Milla Sigaba
Dec 31, 2023
05:30 A.M.
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Pakistani Kheer, which can be translated to be a rice pudding, is a decadent and creamy dessert popular in Pakistan, India, and other countries in Asia. Continue reading for the perfect Pakistani Kheer recipe.

Pakistani Kheer — derived from the Persian word "sheer," which means "sweetened milk" — is an ancient dish that has become a classic treat for many Asian cultures.

The sweet and creamy dessert is prepared by mixing rice and milk and cooking the delicious combination on a low simmer with a splash of other rich ingredients. Read further for a guide on how to make an authentic version of Pakistani Kheer.

Pakistani Kheer Recipe

Pakistani Kheer takes about two hours to prepare and mainly consists of ingredients you already have in your home. Find a guide of what you'll need to make the South Asian dessert and how to make it below:

What You'll Need:

  • 1/4 cup basmati or Jasmine rice or any medium-long grain white rice
  • 4 (1 liter) cups of whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (optional)
  • 3–4 small cardamons (Elaichi)
  • A few saffron sticks (optional)
  • A few cloves
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped almonds (for Garnishing)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios (for Garnishing)

Directions:

1. To shorten the cooking time, rinse and drain your rice until the water is clear, and then soak it for about an hour.

2. Once you've soaked your 1/4 cup of rice, add it to a food processor or spice grinder or use a food grinder and crush the rice into fine pieces but not creating a paste.

3. Separately, bring your 4 1 liter cups of whole milk to a boil in a heavy-bottom pot, adding your 3 -4 cardamoms, cloves, and sticks of saffron. Allow the milk to boil for about an hour.

Use a good grinder, a food processor or a spice blender to crush your rice into fine pieces, but not too fine as this will create a paste. | Source: TikTok/kitchen_diaries_by_zubdada

Use a good grinder, a food processor or a spice blender to crush your rice into fine pieces, but not too fine as this will create a paste. | Source: TikTok/kitchen_diaries_by_zubdada

3. Once the milk has boiled for an hour — and you have ensured not to scrub the sides of the pot just yet — reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and add the washed and processed rice. Once you've mixed the milk and the rice, occasionally stir your heavy-bottom pot to avoid burning.

4. Cook the rice until it's soft and creamy for 20 to 30 minutes.

5. Add 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream to the pot, followed by 1/2 cup of white sugar and 1/2 cup of brown sugar.

Stir your Pakistani Kheer to a thick and creamy consistency after adding the blended rice to the boiling milk mixture. | Source: TikTok: kitchen_diaries_by_zubda

Stir your Pakistani Kheer to a thick and creamy consistency after adding the blended rice to the boiling milk mixture. | Source: TikTok: kitchen_diaries_by_zubda

6. Now, you can scrape away and mix in any residue of the pudding that forms on the sides and the bottom of the pot, as it will add a lot of flavor.

7. Check the consistency of your Pakistani Kheer, and cook it for longer if you prefer a thicker consistency.

8. Once your Kheer is your desired thickness, turn off the heat and allow your Kheer to sit and cool.

9. Dish into serving bowls and garnish with 2 tablespoons of chopped almonds and 2 tablespoons of chopped pistachios, and enjoy your creamy sweet treat.

Pakistani Kheer is a creamy and decadent dessert that can be enjoyed anytime. While the process is a little lengthy, the perfect blend of cloves, sugar, warm milk, and soft rice will surely leave you with a mouth-watering end result. If you want to cook more sweet treats, here is a delicious Christmas Kismet Cookie Recipe.

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