One of the most common desserts is a very simple preparation of milk and rice, better known as Indian rice pudding. It is a wonderful nurturing dessert for the winter months at the same time being wholesome and vata pacifying.
Pinch saffron (soaked in a little hot milk)
4 cups whole milk
¼ cup basmati rice (washed & drained)
1/4 tsp crushed cardamom seeds
2 tbsp blanched & sliced almonds
1 tbsp skinned & chopped pistachio nuts
1 tbsp raisins (optional)
2-3 tbsp raw cane sugar or honey (to taste)
Heat the rice milk and cardamom in a medium pan and bring to the boil, then simmer gently and keep stirring to prevent lumps. Wait until the rice is soft and start to break
Add the almonds, pistachio, saffron and raisins and simmer for a further 4-5 minutes
Add the sugar until dissolved according to taste. If you are adding honey add at time of serving (do not heat honey).
Remove from heat and serve while warm.