Dairy-Free Kheer

Recently I had an Indian dinner party. I made a very simple Indian dessert, kheer, but I made it dairy-free. One of my guests has a lactose intolerance, so I substituted rice milk for cow's milk. 

Kheer is basically a rice pudding, but it's flavored with cardamom and rose water. I'm a big rose water fan and you'll find it in a lot of my recipes.

Dairy-Free Kheer

2 cups coconut milk
2 cups rice milk
3 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup Basmati rice
1/3 cup raisins
1/2 teaspoon rose water
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 cup chopped pistachios
1/4 cup flaked coconut, optional 

Place the milks in a medium saucepan and heat over low heat to a low boil. Add sugar and rice. Let cook for  20 minutes or until rice is cooked. Add raisins, cardamom, and rose water.  Serve either hot or cold, garnished with pistachios and coconut.