Sunday, June 26, 2011

cravings for payesh

Today I had some serious craving for payesh, rice pudding from Bangladesh. Payesh is normally cooked with cardamons and pistachios. Since both cardamons and pistachios were not available at home I had to make do with what was available. 

Making rice pudding takes a lot of patience as the cooking time is rather long. I started by mixing evaporated milk and condensed milk. Then I added the rice and 1 cup of water to the milk. The mixture needs to be cooked in slow heat for at least an hour and a half or sometimes two hours. You also have to constantly stir the mixture for so the rice and milk will not burn. I had to stir the mixture every 5 minutes for the next 2 hours. 

Once the pudding is cooked, I added the grated lemon rind and 3 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice. I used lemon for flavor so the pudding will not be too sweet. For toppings I used pili and walnuts. You can also add raisins or any other dried fruit for flavor. The pudding was good with some lemon green tea.

sunday market noms

grilled fish, crispy crablets, grilled veggie salad, sambal and garlic rice

crab, garlic rice and sambal