Delightful Dairy-free Kheer {Vegan Mithai}

2014 Nov 21 - by Nadya
With the months getting colder, you can find me curled up with a book and mug of something hot. Usually it's tea because I'm super lazy like that, but on the odd day when I'm feeling like a domestic goddess it'll be delicious and dairy-free kheer, complete with nuts and raisins.

This recipe is so easy and only takes about 30 minutes of your time. You'll make enough for four mug-size servings. So if you're getting a bit sick of pumpkin-spice everything, give this recipe a try and get a taste of home on your chilly mornings.     

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup basmati rice
  • 1 tsp. margarine (don't use oil, it works against the creaminess of the pudding)
  • 4 cups - 1 liter of soy milk (soy milk works the best since it's so thick, but feel free to use almond or cashew milk if you prefer)*
  • 1/3-1/2 cup sugar
  • 4-6 tbsp. chopped nuts: cashews, toasted almond slices, and pistachios work best
  • 2 tbsp. raisins (golden raisins are best, in my opinion)
  • 1/4 tsp. cardamon powder (or 3-4 unopened cloves)
  • 1 pinch of saffron

*Also, feel free to use sweetened soy milk but reduce the sugar by about 1/2 to compensate.

Directions:

1. Clean the rice.  Run it under a tap in a sieve until the water comes out clean.

2. Add the margarine and rice to a pan on medium heat.  Stir until the rice becomes slightly toasted.

3. Pour in soy milk and turn heat to high.  Stir often.

4. Once mixture starts boiling, reduce to medium heat and continue stirring every so often.  Let simmer for 20-25 minutes.  The milk will be reduced by about half when you're done.

5. Add in the remaining ingredients.  Do not crush the cloves before adding unless you're willing to fish out the seeds.  Let simmer for 2 minutes.

6. Remove from heat and let the mixture thicken for 5 minutes before serving.

Kheer can be served cold or hot.  So feel free to tuperware the leftovers for breakfast tomorrow.

If you liked this recipe, be sure to check out the rest of the {Vegan Mithai} series with our Magical Mango Coconut Burfi and our Almost Classic Gulab Jamun.

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