Lord Krishna or Kanha as we fondly address him is known for his playful mischiefs and his love for butter, milk and sweets. This Janmastami, we at Ootkal are making the delicious Odia style Chaula Khiri (Rice Pudding) for our beloved Makhanchor. Khiri is an integral part of every Odia household and special festivals like these are incomplete without the aromatic khiri being prepared in our kitchens. Happy Janmastami!

Try the recipe and let us know in the comment section below.

Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time 1 hour 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1. Ghee- 3 tsps
2. Rice- ¼ cup
3. Milk- 1 lt
4. Milk Powder (Amul)- ½ cup
5. Sugar- ½ cup
6. Green cardamom- 4-5
7. Cashews and almonds- 8-10
8. A pinch of salt
9. Water- 1 cup

PROCEDURE

1. Heat ghee in a pan
2. Add the soaked rice (Rice can soaked in water for 5-7 minutes)
3. Roast the rice for 2-3 minutes
4. Add the water
5. Let it boil for 2 minutes
6. Cover for 10-15 minutes
7. Add the milk
8. Keep stirring at regular intervals
9. Add the milk powder in small quantities (Add altogether will make it lumpy)
10. Keep stirring to avoid lumps
11. Bring it to a boil
12. Add the green cardamom
13. Let it boil for 15-20 minutes
14. Mash with a potato masher or the back of a spatula
15. Add the sugar 16. Cook for another 15-20 minutes
17. Add the cashews and almonds
18. Add a pinch of salt
19. Give it to a good mix and turn off the stove
20. Chaula Khiri is ready to be served

PS- Chaula Khiri is equally delicious when served cold