Gurer Payesh – Rice Pudding with Jaggery

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Bengalis are fond of fish as they are of sweet. There are more sweet shops in Bengal than there are grocery stores. Bengali rasogollas and sandesh has become a pride and heritage for all Bengalis. But, these are what we get in the sweet shops and are generally not prepared at home.

Payesh or rice pudding is one of the most common desserts that you’ll see getting prepared in every Bengali household. It is one of the most authentic Bengali desserts. Payesh is offered as bhog during pujas, and also as a sweet treat for every birthday. Payesh has a special place in the menu to bid farewell to your loved ones. A Bengali occasion without payesh is yet to be heard of.

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Rice or vermicelli is the two main options for making payesh. The short grained scented gobindobhog chal is ideal for preparing payesh, the scent from the rice adds a special flavor to the whole preparation. The vermicelli or simayer payesh is a quick and easier version. Though sugar is used as the main sweetener, during winter the just-in-market jaggery, nalen gur adds a wintery treat to payesh.

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Gitadini sent me a 2 quart saucepan to review. The saucepan has built-in strainer and is ideal for making tea, especially for people like e who keep on loosing the tea strainer. The built-in strainer allows you to pour tea into the cups directly without a tea strainer. But, I wanted to use the strainer for something better and preparing payesh in it was the best option I could think of. The handle is sturdy and has an extra padding for better comfort and insulation. While, making payesh you should be extra careful as the rice tends to get stuck to the bottom of the pan, but this saucepan worked wonders. And, the best part is it’s easy to clean and is dishwasher safe. I’m planning to  prepare soups in it too and I think it would be great for deep frying. They were also kind enough to send me a wall canvas (picture of ganesh). The canvas is nice and light weight, ideal for gifts or just for you to give your room an Indian touch.

Gurer Payesh

Dessert, Indian, Gurer payesh, Nalen gurer payesh, Rice pudding, Molasses dessert, Jaggery recipe
Cooks in    Serves 8-10 servings
  • 1 quart milk
  • 1/4 cup scented rice
  • 1/4 cup jaggery
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ghee
  • Boil the milk in low flame till it reduces to half the volume. It would take about 30 mins. In the meantime mix the rice with ghee
  • Pour out a little milk in a bowl and add the jaggery. Press the jaggery with the back of a spoon, so that it dissolves in the milk
  • Add the rice to the milk, and let it boil over low flame till the rice is cooked. Pour the jaggery mixed milk into the vessel and boil for 2-3 minutes more. Garnish with the crushed cloves. Serve hot or cold

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Hot Tips – Mixing ghee before adding the rice to milk lets the rice stay separated.

Always test the jaggery by mixing it with little milk before adding it to the payesh. At times the jaggery clumps the milk, making the payesh a clumpy mess.


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Gajar Halwa

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“There is a remarkable breakdown of taste and intelligence at Christmastime.  Mature, responsible grown men wear neckties made of holly leaves and drink alcoholic beverages with raw egg yolks and cottage cheese in them.”
– P.J. O’Rourke

There were a lot many troubles going on for the last couple of weeks. My internet connection broke, and then the computer got virus infected and crashed. Above all my Masters first semester exams was going on. The net result, I was not able to write a post for almost a month now. At last hopefully everything is fine now, and back to form.
When it comes to a big get together, or a year end weekend party there has to be a mouthwatering and tempting dessert at the end of the dinner menu. It was my mom and sister’s birthday on 24th, and so the house was packed with guests and relatives. Searching through Sanjeev Kapoor’s book on microwave cooking got hold of an easy way of cooking carrot pudding, the better way to call it – Gajar ka Halwa. The preparation turned out to be a very tasty one. I used the sugar free, as most of the family members are diabetic.

There is something very peculiar about this winter season. The weather is so dull and dry, but the veggies and fruits you get at this time of the year are so colorful. These days I just love going to the farmer’s market, shopping for vegetables – all of them looking so colorful and vibrant. The carrots in there bright reddish orange tinge are a must buy this season. Gajar halwa is best prepared with Delhi carrots, the ones that are long and reddish in color. Carrots are very good for the eyes due to the high amount of Vitamin A present.

Serving: 6
Preparation time: 15min
Cooking time: 20min


Carrots (Gajar): 1kg

Milk (Dudh): 1 ½ litre

Sugar (Chini): ½ cup

Khoya: 200gms

Clarified Butter (Ghee): 2 tablespoons

Cardamom (Elaichi): 3-4 powdered

Almonds (Kaath Badam): 12-14

Raisins (Kismis): 2 tablespoons, soaked


  • Put the almonds in a microwave safe bowl and pour in water till they are covered fully. Microwave high uncovered for 3-4min. Take them out and cool those down till you can hold the nuts, peel off and chop into thin slices, keep aside.
  • Take the grated carrots in a microwave safe deep bowl and mix well with 1 ½ tablespoon of ghee. Microwave high covered for 10min, or till they become soft. Stir once or twice in between
  • Pour in the milk and again microwave high covered for 8-10mins, stirring once or twice in between.
  • Add the sugar and khoya and cook in microwave high uncovered for 5-6min
  • Take out and garnish with almonds, and raisins

Hot tips – While grating the carrots, it’s better to leave out the hard middle part of the carrot. You can put in a little coloring agent, to have the bright color of the halwa.

Further readingsGajar Halwa by Bon Vivant

1 Serving of raw grated carrot
Amount Per Serving
Calories 45.1
Total Fat 0.3 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 75.9 mg
Potassium 352.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 10.5 g
Dietary Fiber 3.1 g
Sugars 5.0 g
Protein 1.0 g
Vitamin A 264.8 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 7.6 %
Vitamin C 10.8 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 2.5 %
Calcium 3.6 %
Copper 2.5 %
Folate 5.2 %
Iron 1.8 %
Magnesium 3.3 %
Manganese 7.9 %
Niacin 5.4 %
Pantothenic Acid 3.0 %
Phosphorus 3.9 %
Riboflavin 3.8 %
Selenium 0.2 %
Thiamin 4.8 %
Zinc 1.8 %

Sending this recipe to my dear friend Radhika’s event for this month – Delectable Desserts, Pastries & Ice Creams, another friend Arundhuti has recently announced her first blog event, this carrot pudding is on her way to to her Served with Love event and also to MEC: Festive Food hosted by Cham, this event is the brain child of Srivalli

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