by Monica Kar
This is an excellent summer sweet – cool for Pittas, wet for Vatas and usually light enough for Kaphas to digest. When the outside feels like 90 °F, this will comfort you on the inside. It's easy to make and delicious.
- Basmati rice
- Organic 2% milk or organic full-cream milk
- Organic evaporated cane sugar
- Blanched chopped organic almonds
- Crushed, ground cardamom
- The night before, soak the rice in water, after washing it. Rice, like lentils or dhal, should always be washed before using.
- Submerge the rice in water and, with your fingers, mix the rice in the water, so that it does not clump.
- Drain the water by cupping your hand and letting the water drain through it. Do this at least 3 times.
- Then submerge the rice in the water, covering it about 1-2". You will use about ½ cup of rice per 1 liter of milk.
- The next day, blend the rice and water in a blender to a semi-fine consistency. It should not be very fine.
- Keep aside. Boil the milk in a high-sided, heavy-bottomed saucepan.
- Once it comes to a boil, reduce heat. Bring to a boil at least 3-4 times, quickly, and reduce heat each time.
- Take a little of this milk in a bowl and add the blended rice to it and mix. This is done so that the rice does not form clumps in the milk.
- Once mixed, add this mixture to the still-boiling milk on low heat, stirring all the time.
- Bring back to medium-high heat. As the rice cooks, the milk will start thickening.
- At this point, add sugar and turn off the heat. Usually about 2 tablespoons of sugar per cup of milk is sufficient.
- Keep stirring this, even after the heat has been turned off, to avoid clumps.
- Stop stirring when this mixture reaches close to room temperature.
- Serve in individual bowls, sprinkle ground cardamom on top and the almonds and cool, in the refrigerator.
I try very hard to make a large batch of this and have small bowls in the fridge, which I cover with saran wrap. But, no matter how much I make, it is usually gone within 24 hours! This is an excellent summer sweet — cool for Pittas, wet for Vatas and usually light enough for Kaphas to digest. When the outside feels like 90 °F, this will comfort you on the inside.