I know, I know. Some of you missed the Kindle, Nook free download of my newest book, The Faith of Ashish (book 1 of the Blessings inIndia series). Good news! You will have another chance next week, Oct. 12-14. I will remind you when the date arrives.
To tide you over, here is a recipe featured in each of the three books of the series: payasam—creamy good rice pudding. (The same yummy dish known in other parts of India as kheer.) A delightful dish, this pudding is served at many Indian festivals. Dan and I have enjoyed it many times.
10 cups whole milk
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup rice
2 tbsp. rose water (optional)
1/4 cup crushed pistachio
1/4 cup raisins
1 tsp. strands of saffron (optional)
Rose petals or crushed pistachio as a garnish (optional)
Soak rice for half an hour in enough water to cover it fully and partially cook the rice.
Boil the milk, in a heavy bottom pot. When the milk comes to a boil, add the rice and simmer. Stir to insure that the milk does not stick to the bottom. Cook until the rice is cooked and the milk thickens and reduces to half its original volume.
Add the rose water and sugar and cook for 5 more minutes.
Remove from heat and add the saffron. Stir well.
Allow the payasam to cool, then chill.
Serve cold garnished with pistachio, saffron or rose petals.
“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”