Hello friends!! Welcome to my flavors. Today we are going to make special kheer called Oliya … this recipe is from Rajasthan, which is specially prepared on the occasion of Shitla Ashtami.
Oliya is a very easy and tasty pudding which is prepared using rice and yogurt and so, you can also call it a Rice and Yogurt pudding. This rice and yogurt pudding is little tangy and little sweet in taste.
This sweet and tangy pudding can be easily served as a cold summer dessert and can be easily stored for 1-2 days in the refrigerator.
So, this summer, prepare Oliya / Rice and Yogurt pudding as a dessert and surprise your family and guests.
Let’s quickly see how to prepare Oliya……
- Hung curd – 2 or 2 ½ cups
- Rice – ¼ cup
- Water – 1 cup
- Powdered Sugar – ½ cup (or more as per taste)
- Chopped mixed dry fruits (raisins, almonds, cashews) – as per taste
- Saffron – few strings
- Cardamom – 2-3 (powdered)
- Milk – ½ cup or more
- Take a colander and place it over a bowl. Take care the colander should not touch the base of the bowl.
- Take a muslin cloth or a handkerchief, wet it and squeeze out its excess water. Then spread this wet cloth on the colander.
- Now pour fresh yogurt on this cloth and let it sit on this wet cloth for about 1-2 hours. You can mix it 2-3 times in between.
- Wash and soak rice in a clean water for 15-30 minutes. Here I will recommend you to take basmati rice.
- Take a pressure cooker and boil 1 cup water in it.
- Drain water from the rice and put them in this boiling water.
- Give it a mix. Cover the pressure cooker and cook rice until soft.
- Open the lid once the pressure releases, mesh them little using a spoon. There should be about 1 cup of cooked rice.
- After 1-2 hours you will get a thick hung curd, separated from all its whey will be collected in the bowl below.
- Mix few saffron strings into the milk and let it soak in it for few minutes.
- Meanwhile we will combine all the ingredients together.
- Take a big mixing bowl add hung curd and beat it.
- Add powdered sugar (preferably sieved to avoid any lumps) and mix until sugar dissolves.
- Add meshed and cooked rice, little by little and mix well.
- The pudding should be of semi thick consistency as it tends to thicken once cooled. So you can leave some cooked rice if you find the consistency right.
- If required you can even use an electric beater for the same. But if you are using an electric beater then use it for a few seconds at a time to avoid making paste of rice.
- Add Dry fruits (save few for the garnishing), saffron milk and cardamom powder, mix well.
- Cover it and let it chill in refrigerator for few hours.
- Serve chilled Oliya garnished with chopped nuts of your choice..