Mango & Rice Pudding (Mango Kheer)

Did you know? Emperor Akbar had one lakh mango trees planted in an orchard, which is famous as Lakhi Bagh near Darbhanga in Bihar, India. Not only the common man or Aam Admi as we say in hindi are crazy for this golden & juicy fruit, even the royals used to crave for the king of fruits – Mango.

Mango Pudding
The following preparation will server 3-4.

Ingredients –
1 litter milk
¼ cup rice (soaked in water for 20-30 minutes)
4 table spoon of sugar (or as per taste)
Pulp of one large ripe mango
¼ cup of ripe mango diced in small pieces
2-3 tablespoon of roasted nuts (Cashew nuts & almonds)
A pinch of nutmeg

Method –
Heat and reduce milk in a thick bottom pan on low flame, keep stirring occasionally. When milk reduces a little add rice in it and keep stirring till rice is cooked properly and you get a creamy consistency of the pudding. It tastes best when the rice is bit over cooked in milk. Make sure that it does not stick to the bottom. Add sugar, roasted nuts and nutmeg in the pudding mix well and turn off the flame. Mix the pudding well and make sure there are no lumps in it. When pudding cools down and comes to room temperature add mango pulp and mix well. Let it cool in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.

Garnish with diced mangoes and serve chilled.

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