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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Kheer ~ Indian rice pudding with Date compote and Lékué microwave rice and grain cooker giveaway



Rich and creamy rice pudding with fragrant cardamom and a delicious date and nut topping.

60 g short grain rice
250 ml water
400 ml  full cream milk
60 g sugar
1 teaspoon cardamom powder
few strands saffron
4 almonds for garnishing
6 pistachio nuts  for garnishing
6 medjool dates
60 ml boiling water


Method:

1.Wash the rice in cold water and soak it for 30 minutes.
2.After thirty minutes drain the rice and place it in the Lékué  microwave rice and grain cooker together with 250 ml water and cook on high for 20 minutes until rice is mushy and all the water is absorbed (alternatively you can cook the rice on the stove top.) (The rice needs to be overcooked and very soft)
3.While the rice is cooking , take a heavy bottom pan and pour the milk in it and bring it to a gentle simmer, continue simmering the milk to thicken and reduce it  for 20 minutes.
4.  Once the rice is cooked transfer all the cooked rice to the hot milk, add the sugar and simmer for another 10 minutes, stirring the rice pudding every couple of minutes as not to scorch it.
5. Once rice pudding has thickened add the cardamom powder and saffron and mix it in.
6. Take the pan off the heat and transfer the rice pudding to a bowl. Keep stirring it every few minutes until it cools this will stop any skin forming on it.
7.To make the date compote chop up the dates finely and place them in a small bowl. Add boiling water to the dates and leave for 30 minutes.
8.After 30 minutes mash up the dates in the liquid using the back of a spoon until thick and pulpy.
9.Slice the almonds and pistachio nuts in to thin slivers and keep aside.
10. To serve spoon the rice pudding in serving glasses .Add a spoonful of date compote on the top and garnish with the almond and pistachio slivers.


I precooked my rice in the  Lékué  microwave rice and grain cooker, it is very useful to have as it cooks rice without any fuss and the container is sylish so you can cook and serve the rice straight from the microwave to the table.

The  Lékué  microwave rice and grain cooker is a neat little cooker, a white microwaveable pot with a green silicon lid with holes in it to let the steam escape. Since it has a unique lid water doesn't overflow and the microwave stays clean. The rice and grain cooker can be used to cook a wide variety of other grains such as couscous, wheat, barley, oats and buckwheat . It is dishwasher safe and made from plastic and 100% platinum silicone. The Lékué microwave rice cooker retails at  £ 27.50 and is available to purchase from many high street retailers and also on line from Lékué.

I have been very fortunate and have had the opportunity to try out some wonderful  products from the Lékué range of kitchen ware such  the microwave kit pasta the pasta cooker, which  is elegant in design and you can cook and serve the pasta straight from the microwave to the table.






I also tried the cutting board which is neat and very handy  and is very durable since its  made from pp plastic and trp rubber. The cutting board stores easily in any kitchen drawer and is double sided.





Finally one of my favourite items that I have tried is the kit decomat. This is a lovely kit perfect for those cake decorating fans. It comes with laminated design templates and a special chocolate piping pot that allows you to trace the patterns with the chocolate to make beautiful chocolate decorations.

I would like to thank Lékué  for sending me all these wonderful items to review.All the opinions and views expressed in this post are my own.

Lékué have been very kind and they have agreed to send one lucky simplyfood reader a microwave rice and grain cooker as a prize so that they can cook perfect rice every time.

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280 comments:

  1. I love rice pudding so this sounds lovely however I am not a huge fan of dates or cardamom. Your recipes always give me inspiration for my own version! :)

    Georgie xx

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    1. Geogie you can make the rice pudding and leave the cardamom out and add vanilla essence instead.Also the date compote is a topping you can serve it in a separate jug for who ever wants it.

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  2. This looks like a lovely dish. I've always been interested in learning to make Indian food, but it seems so overwhelming to me. So many new spices. That and here in China, I'm not sure I can get many India spices;)

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    1. This rice pudding only has cardamom and saffron if you cant get that in China you can leave it out or add a teaspoon of vanilla essence instead.

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  3. Always boil it in a pan or in the microwave

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  4. ooh...I love rice pudding anyway - this is beautiful and delicious looking thank you so much for the recipe and inspiration :)

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  5. stove if time but mainly microwave

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  6. I cook rice on the hob, although it would be good to try the microwave route

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  7. I cook my rice in the Microwave because I have had bad results when cooking it on the stove top. It over cooks & goes all mushy YUCK!.

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  8. It depends on the rice but usually on the stove top x

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  9. Oh my goodness! That looks absolutely amazing. I love Indian food, so I intend to make this, Yumm!

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    1. Hillary I hope you enjoy it do drop back with feed back as to how the recipe worked for you.

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  10. boil in a saucepan and its not easy

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  11. I usually cook my rice on stove top but would like to try cooking in the microwave like it would be quicker

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  12. so good and lovely presentation..

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  13. I use an electric rice cooker/steamer

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  14. I use an electric rice cooker/steamer

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  15. I always cook my rice on the stove. Rice puddings I do in the oven

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  16. Microwave! Quick and easy and still tastes good xx

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  17. Definitely not for me, but it does look very appetizing.

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  18. on the stove

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  19. I cook mine on the stove with various degrees of success!

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  20. I cook mine on the stove with various degrees of success!

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  21. Christine Shelley6 April 2014 18:57

    On the stove, never microwave it but Hubby does!

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  22. Andy Caldwell6 April 2014 18:59

    stove top

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  23. Usually stove top!

    Ashleigh

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  24. On the stove top- 2 cups of water to 1 cup of rice

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  25. I'm terrible at cooking rice, I Use the stove but the microwave would make life easier

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  26. I have cooked rice on the hob for my entire life, I have never once tried cooking it in the microwave. I would like to try a device like this. If it can cook rice perfectly, with less mess, it would be a godsend.

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  27. on the stove top.

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  28. boil on the gas stove

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  29. chris davies6 April 2014 19:52

    on the hob willing to try another way

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  30. chris davies6 April 2014 19:53

    on the hob

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  31. i microwave mine, still cant get it right tho!

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  32. I have always cooked on the stove but would love to microwave cook as means i can pop it in and not worry about it whilst spending time with the little ones. Such a clever idea and we love your rice pudding recipe, thankyou x

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  33. a bit of both depending on time available

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  34. I do mine in the microwave already but that proper gadget looks perfect :)

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  35. I don't cook, but this certainly looks like something I'd willingly eat.

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  36. Always on the stove

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  37. I use a rice cooker but it isn't very good, I really like the look of the Lékué, it would be much easier and get better results

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  38. always boil in a pan on the stove

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  39. Neither I have a rice cooker, but it's on its last legs

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  40. Stove top. great giveaway!

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  41. This looks simply delicious and like nothing I've ever had before :)

    As for rice, I cheat and cook it in the microwave {';'}

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper | An Undomestic Goddess

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  42. Ohhh my that actually looks delicious! Im not a huge fan or rice pudding to be honest but im willing to try this out =D

    xoxkissablebeautyxox

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    1. Sarah you will definitely enjoy it.

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  43. Sounds like a nice recipe. I love rice pudding and this is different than any (American style) I've ever had. I am not entering the giveway as I live in the United States but thank you for offering it. Alana visiting from UBC.

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  44. Boil it and then drain and rinse with boiling water and add butter and stir

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  45. I always cook my rice on the stove.

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  46. Looks like a sweet and savory flavor, just my type of desert. I'd love to replicate this for my husband's birthday this week!

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    1. Kim I hope your hubby likes it and please do drop by and leave me feed back as to how the recipe worked for you.

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  47. What a great idea to pair a classic kheer with date compote. I always cool mine on the stove x

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    1. Thanks Deena, it was also good as the rice pudding did nit need as much sugar as the dates added the sweetness.

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  48. Stove top.

    Rachel Craig

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  49. Stove top - but I'd like to use the microwave.

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  50. David Mitchell -Stove top

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  51. wow... love that dates topping to the rice pudding... sounds really good...

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    1. Rafeeda the date topping was really delicious and nice twist.

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  52. michael clyma7 April 2014 06:19

    Simmered in a pan 15 mins, then turn off heat for 5 mins :-)

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  53. Microwave, or sometimes the stove...

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  54. stove top - i am ashamed to say i used boil in the bag!!!

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  55. GREAT looking recipe Nayna!

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  56. Stove top mainly but if in a rush then I will use the microwave.

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  57. laura jayne bates7 April 2014 18:38

    on the stove

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  58. generally in the micro :) thanks x

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  59. both, if im in a rush i use a frozen microwave pack. otherwise its on the hob

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  60. Jennifer Heard7 April 2014 20:06

    Stovetop

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  61. On the stove but would love to try the microwave

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  62. That looks so yummy!! I also like the way they presented it. The glasses make it so classy.

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  63. On top of the stove for me

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  64. microwave, washing up is so much easier

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  65. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I like rice pudding but I don't like dates :). I'd love to enter the giveaway but I don't live in the UK.

    ~Urailak (Fruit Bearer on Facebook)

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  66. Stove top - never tried a microwave

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  67. I always do it on the hob. I don't get great results in the micro, but that's probably because I don't have the right kit!

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  68. I always cook on the stove top

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  69. pauline hill8 April 2014 15:09

    Stove Top

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  70. This looks delicious! I love dates for their sweet flavor and their wonderful healthy properties. I wish I was in the UK. These Lékué items look wonderful!

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  71. I love Kheer. Already have lots of Lekue goodies so can testify to the quality! good luck to everyone entering

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  72. in an electric rice cooker

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  73. Always cook mine stove top, but never get it right!

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  74. Christina Brown10 April 2014 09:17

    Stove top...I've far from perfected it though.

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  75. Stove top - never get it quite right though

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  76. I always cook my rice in the microwave - if I boil it, it always ends up way too soggy and wet!

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  77. on the stove mainly...microwave if in a rush

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  78. Mmm this rice pudding sounds lovely! Making my mouth water just reading and seeing the photos! :-)

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  79. On the stove, never tried in the microwave

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  80. Stove top - never tried rice in the microwave before.

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  81. Stove top, I wouldn't cook rice in the microwave

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  82. katrina walsh13 April 2014 09:18

    Always cook it on the hob

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  83. Joanne Peters13 April 2014 23:48

    Stove top

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  84. Boil on the hob
    (kim neville)

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  85. Stove top,never thought of putting It In the microwave

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  86. Both.

    Plain rice is on the stove, with herbs and sauces mixed in myself

    If I have 'boil in the bag' microwave. Depends on how lazy I am being!

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  87. This rice pudding looks delicious and again I love the dates and pistachios. So beautiful and a perfect finish for any meal...

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  88. Riciest is niciest!

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  89. This sounds so lovely! I love homemade rice pudding.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  90. Usually stove top but I do like the convenience of the microwave, too.

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