Rabri (Reduced Milk Pudding)

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Serves 4.


1.5 litres/3 pints/6 cups fresh milk
4 tablespoons sugar
2 drops kewra essence or rose essence
1 tablespoon slivered blanched almonds
1 tablespoon slivered blanched pistachios*


Put milk into a heavy-based saucepan and stir constantly while bringing to the boil. Cook steadily and continue stirring until reduced to about 2 cups. Lower heat, add sugar and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove pan from heat. Add flavouring when it is lukewarm and scrape in milk crusts from side of pan. Pour into a pretty bowl and sprinkle with nuts. Chill before serving.

*Use unsalted, untoasted pistachios and boil them for 1 minute to bring out their green colour and make it easy to slip off their skins.

Recipe excerpted from Encyclopedia of Asian Food by Charmaine Solomon (Periplus Editions, 1998)