Haalu Paayasa / Akki Paayasa/ Kheer / Indian Rice Pudding
 
Haalu Paayasa or Akki Paayasa is the basic paayasa that we make at home. Haalu Paayasa is prepared with just few basic ingredients like milk, rice, sugar and cardamom.
Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp - Rice, Any fragrant variety like Jeerasaamba, Jeerige sanna , Basmati
  • 1 ltr - Whole milk
  • ¼ cup - Sugar
  • 2 nos - Cardamom, Crushed.
  • A pinch of good quality saffron
  • ¼ cup - Condensed milk, optional
  • Rose petals, Pistachios and Almonds for garnishing
Instructions
  1. Wash and soak the rice for 15 minutes.
  2. In the meantime bring half the milk to a boil in a pressure cooker and the other half in a saucepan.
  3. Add crushed saffron to the milk in the pressure cooker.
  4. Reduce the flame and keep the let it simmer.
  5. Add soaked rice to the cooker, give it a good mix and cover the lid.
  6. Put the whistle on and keep the flame low.
  7. Let the rice cook and the cooker let out one whistle.
  8. Keep an eye as the milk may spill out when the whistle goes on. I usually tap the whistle as soon as it goes on.
  9. Switch off the flame.
  10. Open the lid of the cooker once it cools down. Give the rice a good mix and mash it while mixing.
  11. Add the remaining milk in the saucepan, sugar, condensed milk and simmer till the paayasa comes to a thick creamy consistency.
  12. Add Cardamom powder and mix.
  13. Garnish it with any dry fruits of your liking and serve it hot.
  14. *I always made the paayasa without the pressure cooker. I would let the rice cook in milk in a pan and simmer it till the rice was well cooked. While it takes a long time and the results in the pressure cooker is no different.
Recipe by MADaboutkitchen at http://madaboutkitchen.in/haalu-paayasa-indian-rice-pudding/