Today’s recipe is a traditional Indian Dessert often served during special occasions and festivals and talking of festivals the Indian Festival of Colors called ‘Holi’ is round the corner and is celebrated in India with lot of warmth,love and happiness.People visit each other’s houses to play Holi and enjoy the sweet treats. Its quite messy but quite fun and I have fond memories of fun filled Holi with my family and friends where we smeared colors all over each other and enjoyed all the delicious foods!
In my family food always took center-stage and the menu was planned weeks in advance.The preparation started a day early with the sweets first and every course had to have different varieties.So the appetizers typically would be Tikkis or Chaat, Dahi-wada,Shami Kebabs followed by the main course consisting of Pulao,Mutton,Stuffed Poori (fried fluffed breads),Aloo Gobhi and Aloo Baingan Saag (Potato,eggplant and spinach) followed by the Dessert round that consisted of Malpua, Gujia and this Kheer (Rice Pudding)!
Festivals are one occasion when I indulge without holding back!We’re all allowed to indulge once in a while, aren’t we? :)This creamy, rich, decadent rice pudding uses only five ingredients but tastes absolutely amazing!!Its the perfect dessert to enjoy warm or chilled depending on the weather!Indian Rice Puddings do not have eggs or vanilla in them instead Cardamom and nuts are used to add flavor and texture.I’ve used slivered almonds but you could use cashews or pistachios or any other combination of nuts that you prefer.Its perfectly sweet, smooth and luscious!
Wishing you all a Happy Holi or as they in India HOLI HAI 🙂