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Kheer is a rich rice based dish which is traditionally eaten to celebrate Vesak day.


  1. Place rice in a fine strainer, and rinse under running water until water runs clear; drain thoroughly.
  2. Heat the butter in a pan and melt over a medium heat
  3. Add the rice, saffron, and cardamom, and cook, stirring until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the milk and cook, stirring occasionally, until the milk is reduced by half and rice is tender, this will take about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  5. Add the almonds, and half the pistachios, and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves
  6. Transfer to a serving bowl, and garnish with remaining pistachios before serving.