Kheer holds a special place in our hearts. No matter what the happy occasion is, kheer could be the best thing you can have. But have you heard of Chak-Hao-Kheer? Probably many might not know. Chak-Hao-Kheer is an authentic Manipuri divine delicacy. But what makes it different and so special from regular rice pudding? We will tell you!

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This pudding is made up of black rice also known as purple rice or forbidden rice. Black rice is commonly consumed in many areas of Bangladesh, Thailand, Indonesia, and North Indian states like Manipur. This rice type has immense nutritional benefits. It is packed with fiber and is rich in antioxidants as well. It helps in preventing the risk of obesity and promotes better heart health. Undoubtedly, this rice is the healthiest rice to be found. Apart from such many health benefits, black rice has a nutty flavour and texture. Moreover, its aroma is sooo good and makes you feel like something is cooking!

Now as this rice is more special, it does take a longer time to cook. Black rice has to be soaked for a couple of hours before cooking. This cooked rice has nuts and dry fruits roasted in ghee which makes it a perfect dessert. Wanna know how to make it?? Have a look at the steps below and have this Manipuri delight down your throat!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup black rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cups milk
  • 2 to 3 cardamoms
  • 10 to 12 cashews
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup freshly grated coconut
  • 2 bay leaves

Method

  • Wash the black rice properly and soak them overnight or for at least 3 hours.
  • Heat a pan and add water. Let it boil.
  • Add bay leaves and cardamoms to the pan.
  • Now add boiled rice and let it cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Add cashews and give everything a good mix.
  • Let it cook for some time and make sure you keep stirring to avoid milk sticking to the pan.
  • Once the milk reduces to more than half, add sugar and give it a good mix.
  • When done, garnish with nuts and serve or even chilled (I prefer chilled)

Some tips

  • The right consistency is when the rice grain gets broken when pressed between the fingers.
  • One can also add almonds, cashews, or other nuts of their choice.

So when are you going to try this Manipuri delight?