Payesh – Bengali Rice Pudding

This Diwali add a Bengali touch to your dessert menu. Make the quintessential Payesh – a rice pudding considered to be so auspicious that no celebration in a Bengali household is complete without it. The ever so popular sweet dish, there has not been a single birthday when Maa had not made Payesh with loads of raisins for me. Now I do it for my little boy ( also for my husband ! ) A bowl of payesh makes them super happy.payesh

Every Bengali family has their own recipe for making this dish. The one I am sharing today is by far the easiest and is made with condensed milk. And I believe any that has Milkmaid in it is super delicious. No seriously! Have u ever tried licking the sides of a milkmaid tin – its heaven and I do it even now!

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Payesh - Bengali Rice Pudding
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Bengali
A very popular Bengali rice pudding
  • Rice - half cup - Use short grain rice for this, preferably Gobindo bhog
  • Milk - 1 litre - preferably full cream milk - I use amul gold for this
  • Condensed milk- half a cup - adjust sweetness according to your taste. If using plain sugar you need around 4 tbsp
  • Bay leaves - 2
  • Cardamon powder - 1 tsp
  • Raisins - a handful
  • Cashewnuts - a handful - crushed
  1. Wash the rice thoroughly, soak in some cold water and keep aside.
  2. In a heavy bottomed pan , put the milk on heat. Add the bayleaves.
  3. Once the milk starts simmering , drain the water from the soaked rice and add it to the milk.
  4. Let them boil away on very low heat. This would take around 15 - 20 mins.
  5. Stir occasionally so that it doesn't stick to the bottom.
  6. Check the rice, it should have cooked by now and would have thickened.
  7. Add the condensed milk/ milkmaid and give it a good mix.
  8. Now add the cardamom powder, raisins and cashew.
  9. Let it simmer for another 5 mins.
  10. Remove from heat and let it cool down completely.
  11. Serve at room temperature or chilled as preferred.