Now coming to the dish which I want to share with you today is Payesh or Rice Pudding. I have mentioned in my earlier post the significance of Payesh/Payasam in India festivals and celebrations. You can read more about this by clicking on this link Atukula Payasam .
Nolen Gurer Payesh / Khejur Gurer Payesh / Notun Gurer Payesh / Patali Gurer Payesh. Let me simplfy this.
Gur = Jaggery
Payesh = Rice Pudding
Nolen Gur / Khejur Gur / Notun Gur / Patali Gur = Date Palm Jaggery, known by different names in Bengal.
Nolen Gurer Payesh = Rice Pudding made with Date Palm Jaggery.
Date Palm Jaggery is made from the sap of Date Palm Trees / Khajur Tree which is collected by making an incision on the bark of the tree and tying an earthen pot near the incision and leaving the pot overnight. When the sun rises the pots filled with saps are collected and the liquid is boiled in large woks for hours together to get the gorgeous sunshine hued jaggery. Please click on this link for a visual treat and also to know exactly how Date Palm Jaggery is made. Nolen Gur - The Telegraph
I know what my Overseas friends are thinking. How do we get our hands on this jaggery. Please don't be disheartened. You can get it if you visit India and specially Bengal or ask your Bengali friends to get it for you. I am yet to see it in any Asian store in Dubai. Another alternative and a very good one as it is the closest you can get in terms of taste and colour is you can use Date Syrup. Date Syrup should be available in most supermarkets or Middle Eastern Stores in your Country.
A fragrant and very special rice grown in Bengal called Gobindo Bhog Rice is used to make this Pudding. If you do not find it where you live, use any variety of fragrant rice or Jasmine Rice which is widely available.
Now let's have a quick look at the ingredients :
NOLEN GURER PAYESH RECIPE ~
- Immediately afterwards add the washed and drained rice.
- Coat the rice with the clarified butter.
- Add the remaining milk 500ml, to the rice in the pan. Bring it to a boil.
- Simmer and cook till the rice is almost cooked.
- Once the rice is 80% cooked remove the pan from the burner.
- Add the crushed green cardamom to the milk simmering and thickening away in the pan.
- Once the milk thickens and reduces to almost half of its original quantity, add the almost cooked rice to the thick milk in the pan.
- Stir and incorporate the rice into the milk.
- Simmer and cook till the rice is completely cooked.
- Gently stir it in.
- Nolen Gurer Payesh is now ready to serve.
HOW TO MAKE NOLEN GURER PAYESH WITH STEPWISE PICTURES~
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