Gear up for Diwali with this Festive Chocolate Rice Kheer aka pudding aka creamy, delicious, chocolatey Indian dessert made with rice that you can enjoy cold or warm depending on how the weather is your side of the woods. We are flexible like that.
This festive chocolate rice kheer (pudding) recipe is sponsored by the really talented folks at Chumbak, whose designs always inspire and intrigue.
I think some of you will scoff at me because this is so not traditional. I know, I know, but I think we've been doing traditional for years now and it's really time to change things up guys. And there is nothing better than adding chocolate to your favorite festive rice kheer pudding. Because chocolate can make everything that is already good, even better, including Diwali.
If you still want to go the traditional way, here's the recipe: Easy Rice Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding)
I can bet that this creamy, dark chocolate, not super sweet rice kheer pudding is going to win over everybody including grandma who may first refuse to try it and then ask you for a second and third helping. Or your sibling who may just sneak into the kitchen for a quick, secret midnight snack. This festive chocolate rice kheer really does weird things to people. Good weird things because midnight snacking and second helpings are cool like that.
And just while we are on the topic of Diwali which I have to tell you is my favorite festival and that time when I can't think of being anywhere but home, you have to check out this inspired gold collection by Chumbak which you can buy at one of their stores. It's perfect for people like you and I who are looking to add non-traditional festive accent pieces to their living spaces, this festive season. These statement making lifestyle products incorporate the beautiful feel of metallic colors and bright designs while bringing a modern day festive twist. I'm not super big on metallic usually, but the chevron gold on these glasses really won my heart with how well cool, bright design and festive colors can come together to create magic!
Taking that non-traditional Diwali to a whole new level by serving this festive chocolate rice kheer in big gold chevron glasses and topping it with lots of whipped cream, hazelnuts and pistachios so that people can just sit around after the big family dinner and feel satisfied and at home because it's not all snooty and formal. It's actually fun to eat spoonfuls of chocolate rice kheer with a good measure of whipped cream out of these Chumbak glasses. Some of which will mysteriously find it's way to the edge of your lips or your chin and you will quickly wipe it off, making sure no one sees you stuffing your face.
So are we in this chocolate rice kheer madness together guys? If you are as crazy about Diwali as I am, what's your favorite memory, and what does the festival mean to you? I'd love to swap stories, and share memories!
Festive Chocolate Rice Kheer (Pudding)
- 1 litre Full Fat Milk
- ½ cup Basmati Rice
- 1 tablespoon Vanilla extract
- ½ cup Sugar
- 150 grams Dark chocolate chopped coarsely
- Whipped Cream Roasted Halzenuts and other nuts for topping
- Wash the basmati rice well with water a few times. Soak it in 2 cups of water and set aside.
- In a heavy bottomed saucepan, bring milk to a gentle simmer, making sure not to scorch the bottom. Drain the water from the rice, and add the rice to the pan.
- Keep stirring occasionally to ensure the rice doesn't stick to the bottom or scorches it. Once the rice is cooked through, and the kheer has thickened up, about 40-45 minutes, add vanilla extract and sugar. Mix well and simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
- Switch off the flame and mix in the chocolate. Stir well till the chocolate has melted completely. Let this cool down slightly before serving. Top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and your favourite roasted nuts.
- Rice: I've used basmati rice as they are long and provide fluffier results as compared to other varieties.
- Soaking: Soaking the basmati rice helps remove excess starch as well as reduces cooking time. It also makes the rice softer and fluffier, perfect for kheer.
- Chocolate: I've used dark chocolate as I like the bitter and strong flavour. If you like, you can use milk or white chocolate, or even a combination of your preferred chocolate variety.
- Consistency: Check the consistency before adding the chocolate. To make it more runny, stir in 1-2 tablespoons of warm water. Do not add more water after adding the chocolate as it will affect the texture.
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