Rice & Carrot Pudding

by Kiran on December 27, 2011 · 87 comments

in Desserts, Indian

In other words, “kheer“.. which by the way, its the Husband’s obsession. He loves his doses of rice pudding. But I can’t seem to find enough patience, making it.

Frankly speaking, I’ve ran out of excuses not to make it.

So I decided a short hiatus from blogging would be able to give me enough time to put on my wifey hat and make this pudding. It takes a little more time and patience, but its so worth it if you do it right :)

On the other hand, since I love carrots, adding it in this recipe just makes sense. It heightens the flavors and adds natural sweetness to the pudding.

It’s all about managing time and its a win-win for us both. One-pot recipes always have a special place in my heart.

And lets face it, vegetables in desserts makes it easier to indulge more ;)

Rice pudding are generally served during festivals or special occasions. Garnered there weren’t any family visit, gift exchange or colorful lights this year — the rice pudding made up for everything that was missing in our holiday :)

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup white rice
  • 2 carrots, finely shredded
  • 2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 2.5 cups of whole milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • a pinch of saffron threads
  • a pinch of salt
  • pistachios for garnish

Directions:

  1. Heat ghee in a saucepan on medium.
  2. Add rice and shredded carrots. Cook for a few minutes till fragrant.
  3. Stream in water, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer till rice fully absorbs water.
  4. Add in milk and sugar. Stir and simmer for at least an hour or until pudding thickens. Stir every now and then to avoid burn.
  5. Sprinkle in some ground cardamom, cinnamon, saffron & salt.
  6. Serve hot or room temperature with a healthy dose of pistachios for garnish.

 

While we indulged in rice pudding for the Holidays, we hope you had a very Merry Christmas and enjoyed an array of deliciousness :)

And now I am off to brainstorm for New Year Eve. What are your plans to ring in 2012?

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1 Glamorous Glutton December 27, 2011 at 6:05 PM

These look delicious. An interesting mix of sweet and savoury. Cardamom, milk and sugar perfect. I’ll certainly give it a try. New years eve will be spent with friends drinking champagne and watching the fire works on the Thames locally. GG
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2 Kiran January 1, 2012 at 10:18 PM

GG,
Thanks a lot sweetie — I hope your new year begins on a sweet note :)

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3 marla December 27, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Oh does this sound great. I made a saffron pear oatmeal a while back – this reminds me of that. Looks like we both have carrots in our sweets today (my muffins!) Bet your hubs was thrilled with this recipe :)

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4 Kiran January 1, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Marla,
Thanks sweetie — the husband did enjoyed and devoured it super fast :D

Happy New Year!!!

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5 foodwanderings December 27, 2011 at 11:02 PM

Ooh very pretty Kiran Love this Rice and Carrot pudding!! Yum. Wanted to drop by and wish a Happy new Year and all the best in 2012.

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6 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 12:28 AM

Shulie,
Thanks a lot sweetie — Happy New Year :)

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7 Yummy Morsel December 28, 2011 at 12:15 AM

Very inviting. I like the addition of carrots. The pics are very pleasing. Have a Happy New Year!

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8 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 12:39 AM

Yummy Morsel,
Thanks dear! Hope you are having a very Happy New Year :)

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9 Khushboo December 28, 2011 at 12:16 AM

Mmm I love rice pudding! This sounds delicious- carrots in dessert always remind me of carrot cake! And surely the added vitamin C makes the dessert healthy? ;)
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10 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Khushboo,
Haha! We share similar perspective on desserts ;)

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11 Deeps @ Naughty Curry December 28, 2011 at 12:43 AM

im a kheer lover too! love this addition of carrots, makes it so colourful
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12 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Deeps,
Thanks sweetie — Happy New Year :)

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13 Angie@Angiesrecipes December 28, 2011 at 12:53 AM

Carrots in rice pudding flavoured with saffron…that sounds just heavenly!
Happy New Year!
Angie
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14 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Angie,
Thanks and Happy New Year, sweetie :)

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15 Loveforfood December 28, 2011 at 1:49 AM

awesome! thanks for sharing!

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16 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Loveforfood,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting :)

Happy New Year!!!

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17 Nava Krishnan December 28, 2011 at 2:22 AM

This is also my fav too Kiran but just a bit will go for me. Its simply a perfect combo with the carrots and that pistachios on top is driving me nuts too.
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18 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Nava,
Thanks dear — this can be served in tiny portions ;) Happy New Year!

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19 Only Fish Recipes December 28, 2011 at 2:27 AM

first time here…wow the carrot pudding surely looks very delicious….very nice clicks !do visit my space sometimes :-) wishing u n ur family a merry christmas n a happy new year in advance :-)
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20 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 1:40 AM

Only Fish Recipes,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments :) Happy New Year!

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21 Ira Rodrigues December 28, 2011 at 2:31 AM

Compliment of the season Kiran! this remains me of India :) thank you for sharing.
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22 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 1:42 AM

Ira,
So glad you enjoyed this post — Happy New Year, sweetie :)

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23 Denise @ TLT - The Little Things December 28, 2011 at 3:03 AM

Never had anything like this rice&carrot pudding, but the pictures and your description make me wanna try it very soon!
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24 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Denise,
Thanks! Please do try this recipe and let me know how it tastes :)
Happy New Year, sweetie!

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25 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 28, 2011 at 3:06 AM

I love kheer. I served it at an Indian dinner party we held and it was such a hit. I suppose it’s like the fancy version of rice pudding!
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26 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 1:59 AM

Lorraine,
I like the reference on “fancy” — Happy New Year!

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27 Nash at Plateful December 28, 2011 at 3:44 AM

These look delicious! Nothing can match the comfort of rice pudding for me, so love it. Happy New Year my friend!
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28 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 1:59 AM

Nash,
Thanks a lot sweetie — Happy New Year to you and the family :)

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29 Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb December 28, 2011 at 7:37 AM

Hi Kiran! Gorgeous rice pudding u v got there. My husband is a lover of Kheer and I enjoy it as much. The thought of adding Carrots and pistachios makes me drool. Great Post!

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30 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 2:06 AM

Helene,
Thanks a lot for the compliments — it truly made my day :D

Happy New Year to you and your Husband…

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31 Harsha December 28, 2011 at 8:32 AM

I love kheer with lots of Kaju! :D Nice recipe! I haven’t tasted kheer with Carrots. I think I should try now. Lovely photography, again. :)
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32 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 2:29 AM

Harsha,
My husband loves it with kaju too — do try this recipe and let me know how it tastes :)

Happy New Year, sweetie :)

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33 Julie M. December 28, 2011 at 8:46 AM

What a beautiful pudding you put together! I love the addition of the carrots as well and the pistachios over the top are an added bonus. A happy new year to you and your family!

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34 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Julie,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments :) Happy New Year, from my family to yours…

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35 Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake December 28, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Again great photos! This dish looks amazing, even though I don’t like eating carrots :P Happy holidays!

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36 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 2:37 AM

Jenny,
Thanks a lot sweetie — Happy New Year :)

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37 Rebecca December 28, 2011 at 11:31 AM

looks awesome and love the addition of carrot
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38 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 2:42 AM

Rebecca,
Thanks sweetie :)

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39 Gayatri December 28, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Yum yum yum. I never realized Kheer was so easy to make.
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40 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Gayatri,
Kheer is so easy to make, yaar.. The only thing that ticks me is the time it takes to cook. So well worth it :D

Here’s wishing you & Carnivore a very Happy New Year!

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41 balvinder December 28, 2011 at 1:42 PM

I make it the similar way in winters. Love it.
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42 Charles December 28, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Yeah! It’s like carrot cake, right? Carrots in cake and dessert “remove” some of the calories and make it healthier… that’s what I like to tell myself anyway :D This pud looks delicious Kiran – a lovely colour!

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43 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 2:44 AM

Charles,
So true, buddy :D Thanks for the compliments!

Happy New Year…

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44 Magic of Spice December 28, 2011 at 4:05 PM

What a delightful combination! I can see why your husband favors rice puddings, if they come out like this…gorgeous!
Wishing a very happy and safe New Year Kiran
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45 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Magic of Spice,
Thanks a lot dear — Happy New Year to you and the family :)

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46 Nami | Just One Cookbook December 28, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Don’t be surprised, but I’ve never had rice pudding… we eat rice pretty much everyday yet no rice pudding! It sounds easy enough for me to give it a try. Ghee is the only thing I don’t have, but do you think Indian store “sells” it? I can look for it in the store. I like searching new item in a grocery store. Happy New Year to you, and I look forward to your new posts in 2012!
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47 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Nami,
You can easily get ghee from any Indian store — I highly recommend “Amul” brand. Butter is the next substitution ;)

Happy New Year to you, sweetie :)

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48 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen December 28, 2011 at 8:36 PM

I grew up eating rice pudding so it’s comfort food to me. I love how each culture seems to have their own unique version of it.
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49 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Sylvie,
So true. Happy New Year, sweetie :)

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50 Asmita December 28, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Rice pudding is my favorite Indian dessert. I love that you have added carrots to it. Next time, I shall try adding it too.
Wishing you and your family a very Happy New year.
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51 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Asmita,
Carrots add natural sweetness to the dish — less processed sugar used :) Happy New Year to you and the family :)

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52 Christine December 28, 2011 at 10:44 PM

This sounds and looks good.
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53 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Christine,
Thanks sweetie — Happy New Year to you and the family :)

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54 Carolyn Jung December 28, 2011 at 11:20 PM

I bet the carrots lend a lovely natural sweetness, too. What a wonderful interpretation of rice pudding. Wish I could dunk a spoon into it right now. ;)
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55 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Carolyn,
Thanks a lot sweetie — your comment made my day :D Happy New Year to you and the family :)

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56 Ann December 29, 2011 at 2:40 AM

Wow – that looks amazing! I have to say – the addition of the carrots is my favorite part – bright and a sweet, healthy touch!
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57 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Ann,
Thanks sweetie — Happy New Year to you and the family :)

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58 Rosa December 29, 2011 at 5:13 AM

So tempting and beautiful! This pudding must taste really good.

Cheers,

Rosa

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59 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Rosa,
Thanks a lot, sweetie — Happy New Year to you and the family :)

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60 Rosa December 29, 2011 at 5:13 AM

By the way, best wishes for 2012!!!
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61 Sanjeeta kk December 29, 2011 at 6:35 AM

This pudding looks wonderful, like the grated carrots in the Kheer. Wish you and yours a very prosperous 2012, Kiran!
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62 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Sanjeeta,
Thanks a lot, sweetie. Happy New Year to you and the family :)

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63 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective December 29, 2011 at 9:29 AM

What a fantastic Flavor Combination! And some rich and creamy.
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64 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Sommer,
Thanks sweetie — Happy New Year to you and the family :)

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65 mustardseed December 29, 2011 at 1:25 PM

OMG! What a great idea! This is such a delicious combination!
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66 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Mustardseed,
Thanks a lot dear — Happy New Year to you and the family :)

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67 Keerthana December 30, 2011 at 3:25 AM

Kheer looks delicious and great pictures!
Best wishes for 2012!
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68 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Keerthana,
Thanks a lot, sweetie — Happy New Year to you and the family :)

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69 Jennifer (Delicieux) December 30, 2011 at 4:35 AM

Your carrot pudding looks absolutely gorgeous!!! I love the pistachios on top, it’s makes a beautiful colour contrast.

Best wishes for you and your family for 2012.
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70 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Jennifer,
Thanks a lot sweetie — Happy New Year to you and the family :)

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71 abbas f December 30, 2011 at 7:53 AM

mouth watering pics! :) & happy new year :)
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72 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Abbas,
Thanks a lot, friend — Happy New Year to you and the family :)

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73 Lemon December 30, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Oh, this looks delicious. To me, this is a somehow exotic recipe, what makes it even more interesting. Happy New Year!
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74 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Lemon,
Thanks a lot dear — it’s a very simple and decadent Indian dessert… Happy New Year to you and the family :)

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75 Kristi Rimkus December 30, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Lovely rice pudding. It’s been years since I’ve had a rice pudding. My mother used to make them with raisins and cinnamon as a treat.
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76 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Kristi,
Rice pudding’s are so versatile — make some soon. Perfect for winter chills! Happy New Year to you and the family :)

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77 Em (Wine and Butter) December 30, 2011 at 4:15 PM

This looks SOOOOOO good – and exactly the sort of dessert my non sweet tooth mom would love!!! Definitely trying it over the xmas period – you know we love your pear cake right…!? You have to try it with poached pears too!! Happy NY my dear! xox
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78 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Em,
Thanks a lot my dear friend — i would definitely try poached pear version of the cake! Happy New Year to you and the family :)

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79 Scott at Real Epicurean December 31, 2011 at 6:20 AM

I love a rice pudding but this looks more than fantastic!
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80 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Scott,
Thanks a lot dear — Happy New Year to you and the family :)

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81 Kath January 1, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Gorgeous shots, as usual!
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82 Kiran January 2, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Kath,
Thanks a lot, sweetie — Happy New Year to you, Matt, Karen and the family :)

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83 marla August 26, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Great recipe! Will be linking back to this in my post tomorrow.

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