Eid Mubarak and my family’s favourite Kheer recipe

3 Aug

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Here, in Bahrain, we are still reeling from our longish yet blink and you miss kinda  Eid Holidays. My kitchen still smells of butter and chocolate and spice from plenty of baking expeditions that Mimi and I carried out. My instagram account is filled with pictures of my moreish banana breads ( will blog about it soon), Nigella’s Orange and chocolate cake and almond biscotti. As an expat and a non- Muslim in Bahrain, being around during Eid celebrations is a special experience each year. As an outsider and an observer, the festivities marked by a long holiday and the Muslim community getting together to celebrate after a month of fasting and prayers, have always left me with a feeling of longing for my family back in my own home country. There is a spark in everybody’s eyes as they go shopping for gifts and traditional sweets. To feel close to it all, I too, go for shopping for traditional sweets and gifts for friends and my family.The other major attraction during Eid would be to go to the Grand Mosque which is a unique experience and this year my parents would be visiting the Grand Mosque for the first time. It would be interesting to see the Mosque once again through their eyes. The Ministry of culture has come up with a great line up of performances from all over the world as a part of the Bahrain Summer Festival 2014. I can’t wait to attend some of them which sound every bit delightful. At home, I try to create a festive atmosphere by preparing some delicacies like the Shir Korma and  Biryani. I call friends home and do our own little Eid party with cheese sampling and such. Eid, on the whole, leaves me feeling festive and I look forward to this festival like I would, Deepawali, while I lived in India.

So that was a bit about how we spent the holidays. I would also like to share a few interesting updates. I couldn’t have imagined on that sultry afternoon of 23rd February, 2010 that my blog would come this far. The innumerable opportunities that my blog has provided have helped me explore my own potential as a food writer and a food photographer. I still have a long way to go but every opportunity is a divine gift that I shall treasure.

I had the opportunity to share a recipe, picture and a write up of the famous Thalassery Biryani with the readers of Bombay times. It is a small mention but for me a big milestone to be featured in the supplement of the Times Group. In this article, I talk a bit about its origin and the interesting history behind the Thalassery Biryani. The recipe is pretty amazing too.

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The other update includes a chocolate cookie recipe that Mimi and I shared with the readers of a Bahrain based magazine – Bahrain Confidential. Here, I discuss why baking is such a fruitful exercise with children especially during their summer holidays. I shall share a detailed post on the cookie recipe, soon.

Bloggers Bytes BC August 2014

Now that the updates are out of the way, let me share with you my simple, yet absolutely delicious Kheer ( rice pudding) recipe which I made to celebrate Eid.  Just with a few ingredients it is possible to create something so magical that it unites your family at the dining table even if they have vastly varied tastes for other foods.

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Most of my cooking that I do at home is instinctive and I never take the pains of jotting down the recipe. But during these Eid holidays, I thought better and wrote down the recipe for Kheer as I made it. It is a favourite with my family especially my daughter and my husband. They enjoy a cupfull of this in its warm and chilled forms.

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While it uses few ingredients, its taste blooms because it is cooked slowly on low flame. To speed up the process would mean cooking it at high temperatures but then it would completely kill the taste. I know of several other methods of making Kheer like cooking it in the pressure cooker etc but these short cut methods do not do it for me. I like the traditional way of cooking it slowing and allow the flavours of the reduced milk to merge with the cardamom, sugar and the ghee-fried raisins and cashews.  This recipe gives atleast 8 servings.

Wishing everybody a great week ahead!

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6 Responses to “Eid Mubarak and my family’s favourite Kheer recipe”

  1. Deena Kakaya August 4, 2014 at 1:49 am #

    Your posts are always so full of love and this one is no less enchanting. Just the idea of kheer sets off memories of family gatherings and festivities in my mind and I am so pleased that your kheer glistens with jewels of dried fruits and nuts.

    Huge well done on your piece in the magazine there and gorgeous, gorgeous pic of you and your baby..Mimi clearly is very proud of her mummy x

  2. palkachopra August 4, 2014 at 8:00 am #

    Loved the post Anita, i love Kheer though my recipe is a little different, but will try this for sure… hope Mimi is enjoying her vacations… loads of love

  3. Moya August 4, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    Anita, lovely photo of you and Mimi in Bahrain Confidential and congrats on all your media achievements. I love Biryani and I see that the saffron is soaked in milk. I make a similar dish for Eid and soak the saffron in rose water. Have not made Kheer myself but attended a cooking lesson where we were shown how to make it…. delicious. :)

  4. My Kitchen Moments August 4, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    Thats such a lovely recipe! (belated) Eid Mubarak and loved reading through your article :) And a beautiful photo of you and Mimi and congrats on the media publishings!! :)

  5. Bikramjit August 4, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    I think I will have to extend my stay at your place for more than a MONTH with the amount of food i have on my list now :) he he he he

    I loved the biryani and the kheer and hey congrats on the mention with the little one yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    Bikram’s

  6. helene dsouza August 7, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

    I am going to try your slow cooking instructions Anita, it makes sense. What happens is that I tend to get tempted by the smell and I try to finish it asap. haha
    Thanks for sharing your recipe, I bet it tastes as good as it looks.

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