Candy sugar or rock candy kheer(rice pudding)

This is a sweetened rice made with candy sugar and coconut milk.Very easy to make and tasty too.You could substitute fresh milk for coconut milk.
In south india it is known as kalkandu pongal,or payasam.In north india it is called kheer.
For the recipe
1 cup basmati rice/raw rice
3-4 cups coconut milk
1 cup candy sugar (you could add more if you like)
1/4 tsp.elaichi(cardamon powder)
1/4-1/2 cup cashewnuts
A few raisins
4 tblsp ghee
1/2 tsp.salt
A few strands saffron (optional)

Wash and soak rice for 10-15 minutes. Heat half the ghee in a pressure cooker or a thick bottomed vessel. Drain the water from the rice. Add the rice to the ghee and saute for 5 minutes. Next add only 2 cups of coconut milk,the candy and salt.Pressure cook for 3 whistles, or if using a normal pan cook on a slow fire till rice is very soft.
Remove from fire mash the rice, and add the rest of the milk, cardamon powder, and saffron strands and simmer for 10 minutes. Toss the raisins and cashewnuts in the remaining ghee, and add to the rice.Serve hot or warm.




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