Dishes and Wishes

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Kheer: Indian rice pudding

Last week I wrote about this dish, a new favorite. It’s fragrant, easy, and utterly enchanting. It tastes of far, far away. Kheer is rice pudding made with a few tablespoons of basmati rice, fragrant exotic spices, and five cups of milk. It requires ground cardamom at the very least and whole cardamom, saffron, and pistachio at its best. This dish would be stunning with dried organic rose leaves or maybe some oil of bergamont. Next time I will add the rose water with the milk and take my chances, because I don’t like the way it clouds up the dish, as you can see in the picture below. The effect is a bit like pastis in water. 

Saffron-cardamom rice pudding garnished with walnuts, fennel fronds, and a splash of rose water.

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