Oliya recipe / Rice and yogurt pudding / Yogurt pudding / Pudding recipe

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……

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 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

Directions

  1. Take a colander and place it over a bowl. Take care the colander should not touch the base of the bowl.
  2. Take a muslin cloth or a handkerchief, wet it and squeeze out its excess water. Then spread this wet cloth on the colander.
  3. 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.
  4. Wash and soak rice in a clean water for 15-30 minutes. Here I will recommend you to take basmati rice.
  5. Take a pressure cooker and boil 1 cup water in it.
  6. Drain water from the rice and put them in this boiling water.
  7. Give it a mix. Cover the pressure cooker and cook rice until soft.
  8. Open the lid once the pressure releases, mesh them little using a spoon. There should be about 1 cup of cooked rice.
  9. After 1-2 hours you will get a thick hung curd, separated from all its whey will be collected in the bowl below.
  10. Mix few saffron strings into the milk and let it soak in it for few minutes.
  11. Meanwhile we will combine all the ingredients together.
  12. Take a big mixing bowl add hung curd and beat it.
  13. Add powdered sugar (preferably sieved to avoid any lumps) and mix until sugar dissolves.
  14. Add meshed and cooked rice, little by little and mix well.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Add Dry fruits (save few for the garnishing), saffron milk and cardamom powder, mix well.
  18. Cover it and let it chill in refrigerator for few hours.
  19. Serve chilled Oliya garnished with chopped nuts of your choice..

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