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  • Makes 3 cups

Kheer is Indian pudding made by boiling milk with a starch such as rice, tapioca, or corn. This whole-food, plant-based recipe uses plant-based milk instead of dairy milk and brown rice instead of white. The result is an aromatic sweet pudding that is as healthful as it is heavenly.

Brown rice kheer in a bowl garnished with raisins and pistachios

Ingredients

  • 3 cups unsweetened, unflavored plant milk, such as almond, soy, cashew, or rice
  • 1 cup dry brown rice
  • ¼ cup chopped dates
  • ¼ cup pure cane sugar or pure maple syrup
  • 2 pinches saffron
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 1 tablespoon slivered or sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon roasted pistachios, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Garnishes: few strands saffron, slivered or sliced toasted almonds, chopped roasted pistachios

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan combine milk, rice, dates, sugar, and 1 cup water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, about 45 minutes or until rice is completely cooked, stirring frequently. (The liquid should not be completely cooked off.)
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine saffron and 3 to 4 Tbsp. hot water. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Add saffron with soaking liquid, raisins, almonds, pistachios, cardamom, and ½ cup water to cooked rice. Cook 10 to 20 minutes more or until rice is creamy, stirring occasionally. Top servings with desired garnishes.

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Lois3 months ago
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I made this recipe, and I cooked it as long as it said, plus about 10 additional minutes to try and get the rice soft. My rice is still a bit crunchy. So I think the next time I make this I will pre-cook the brown rice.

L1 year ago
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Can this be made in an Instant Pot?

Roxane J Johnson Johnson De Lear1 year ago
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Yes, I made it in insta pot. leave out 1 cup of milk. Pressure Porridge for 28 minutes and then let natural release. Then add the 1 cup of milk that is left and the rest of the ingredients.

C. Turner1 year ago
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Lovely flavor! Rich and decadent. I’m going to start out with cooked brown rice next time so it doesn’t take forever and just reduce the liquid amounts.

Sharmila Hume1 year ago
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We have nut allergies here too and the dish is still good without nuts

MeganMarie1 year ago
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Do you have to use the saffron at all?

Crystal1 year ago
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Is there a substitute for the almonds and pistachios? Allergic to both.

Robyn1 year ago
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I’ve usually seen nuts more as garnish.
If you can have them, hazelnuts work well, as do pecans, cashews or walnuts.
After that I’d look to seeds, added at the end or in the bowl, for crunch. Pumpkin, chia, sesame.

Omi1 year ago
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Is there a substitute for saffron?

Meghna5 months ago
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Leave it out. I’m an Indian and in my house we use either (or all) of:
– nutmeg (small amount of grated sliver)
– cardamom
– saffron

Traditionally the dish uses dairy milk, white rice, no dates.

NK1 year ago
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I substituted saffron with turmeric and it was delicious

Donna Wilhelm1 year ago
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Can you tell me what the nutritional information is for this dish? Including calories in serving size please. Thanks so much

Noemi3 months ago
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They don’t really do that on this site. The aim is that if you eat mostly plants, you don’t have to count calories. If you eat a wide variety of plants, including beans, you don’t have to worry about nutrition because you’ll get enough.

ernest barker1 year ago
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total bliss and i don’t even love raisins

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Darshana Thacker Wendel

Darshana Thacker Wendel is a whole-food, plant-based chef and former culinary projects manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit DarshanasKitchen.com and follow her on Instagram for more.

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