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My Dad’s Favorite Dessert

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My Dad’s Favorite Dessert

rice pudding

With Father’s Day almost here, I couldn’t help but think about one of my dad’s favorite desserts – rice pudding, I’m quite sure if there’s any rice pudding in heaven, he’s found it, along with another favorite of his – Diet Coke. But, hey – to each his (or her) own!

There are a variety of rice pudding recipes in recipe land, but this one is a favorite. Kheer is a creamy Indian rice pudding that tastes divine- it’s a very popular Indian dessert, and I’d love to share the recipe with you.

We always added raisins, another dad favorite, but you can add dry fruits according to what you love. So, without further ado, I present my dad’s favorite dessert – rice pudding.

Not Just Dad’s Favorite, This Rice Pudding is a Crowd-Pleaser

rice pudding

As I mentioned, there are plenty of choices for making rice pudding, but this Indian recipe is one of my favorites. What I like about it is that you can make it your own by adding any favorite dried fruits and nuts.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1L milk
  • 5-6 strands of Saffron
  • 6 tablespoons of sugar or sweetener of your choice, quantity according to how sweet you like it.
  • ½ teaspoon Crushed/powdered cardamom
  • 4 tablespoons of crushed or chopped Dry fruits – raisins, almonds, cashew, pistachio.

Directions

  • 1. Rinse a 1/2 cup of rice 2-3 times in fresh water. Soak in water and keep aside for about 15 mins.
  • 2. Start to boil 1-liter of milk on low in a heavy wide saucepan. Make sure you stir occasionally so the milk doesn’t burn.
  • 3. Take a few saffron strands in a small bowl, add 2 tbs of milk from the pan, and keep aside.
  • 4. After the milk comes to a boil, drain the soaked rice and add to the pan.
  • 5. Mix well with a spoon. Mix every few minutes, so it doesn’t burn. Remember to keep the flame on low!
  • 6. After the rice is 90% cooked, add 6 spoons of sugar or according to your taste. You can also use a sugar substitute.
  • 7. Mix gently. Continue to cook the rice on low till the milk is cooked to almost half its original quantity.
  • 8. Add crushed/powdered cardamom and dry fruits to your pan.
  • 9. Add the saffron-soaked milk to the pan and mix well.
  • 10. Turn off your flame after 2-3 mins of these steps.
  • 11. The kheer should have thickened; scrape milk solids from the sides, and add to the kheer.
  • 12. Pour into serving dish or glasses and garnish with dry fruits and saffron, and garnish with cinnamon sticks or any way you like.

This dish can be enjoyed while still hot, or my favorite, refrigerated overnight and served chilled.

And that’s it. There are easier ways to make rice pudding, but this one is tried and true and made with love. If you make this dish, I’d love to hear about it! And now that you’ve got a tasty treat, what about a gift? Here are a few ideas below.

You’ve Made Dessert, But What About a Gift?

gift box

Sunglasses

Who doesn’t love sunnies, especially in the summer sun? Get your man a pair of super stylish sunnies with UV protection to boot. Both of these are classics and won’t go out of style.

For a solid frame, these Highstreet 60mm Polarized Flat Top Sunglasses are absolute stunners. They are also on major sale!

sunglasses

But if a metal frame is more his thing, these RAY-BAN 56mm Square Polarized Sunglasses are the ones for him.

sunglasses

Watches

A watch is something that dad or hubby can wear daily, and every time he looks at it, he’ll be reminded of you. It’s a thoughtful gift that he will love! For a classic look that works anytime, anywhere, this Movado fits the bill, and it’s on sale now.

 An Apple Watch is always a great idea, and this one comes with many features. If you’re looking for a fun and playful watch, this  Stainless Steel & Wood Apple Watch Bracelet is a steal.

watches

Cologne

There are so many colognes out there it can make your head spin, but the iconic Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau De Parfum is my recommendation and on top of my list. It’s a classic fragrance with notes of creamy tonka bean, vanilla, cocoa, dry fruit accords, and sweet wood sap.

Drill

I got this drill for my hubby as an early Father’s Day gift, and he loves it. Perfect for use around the house. He put our grandson Jack’s wood house together using this drill. It’s budget-friendly and has rave reviews.

My Dad and Me

me and dad

And that’s it – just one delicious recipe and some Father’s Day gift ideas. The photo above is my dad and me at my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah, taken 20 years ago. It’s a picture of a picture, so it’s grainy, but I love it!

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    MelAnn
    June 15, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Enjoy your Father’s Day! I miss my dad so much! I will be celebrating with his favorite desert – the only thing he could eat as a brittle diabetic – Angel food cake.

  • Reply
    Cat Coluccio
    June 15, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    Wow, my dad loves rice pudding and bread and butter pudding too, but made quite differently with sultanas featuring highly!
    Great gift ideas too – I find that men are always hard to buy for!

  • Reply
    Nancy Weiss
    June 20, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    Sweet memories Gwen and I love the photo of you and your dad. I was surprised to see saffron as an ingredient, I bet this really makes a significant impact in the flavor.

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