chaler payesh /bengali rice kheer
Chaler Payesh / Bengali Rice Kheer
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Chaler Payesh is a traditional rice kheer recipe of Bengali cuisine. It is one of the favourites of the Bong community and is usually prepared during ceremonies and festivals. The kheer is creamy, rich, aromatic and melt in the mouth.

Kheer usually refers to the sweet prepared by boiling milk and rice. Each region has its own variety of kheer and today I have the Bengali version here.

Usually gobindobhog variety rice is used in preparing this sweet. If you do not have it, use basmati rice. Bay leaf is added  to the milk while it is cooked, the aroma of it is pleasant. Rich milk is boiled and simmered in soaked rice grains on a low flame, it is then sweetened with sugar and garnished with dry fruits.

A few bengali dishes on blog: Bandhakopir Torkari, Ghugni Chaat, Komala Payasam

Other festive sweets : Khaja, ABC halwa, Shenga Holige

chaler payesh /bengali rice kheer

chaler payesh / bengali rice kheer

Chaler Payesh / Bengali Rice Kheer

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups (1 litre) milk
  • 4 tablespoon gobindobhog or basmati rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon  + 1 teaspoon ghee
  • cashew
  • almond
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder

Method:

  1. Wash the rice and soak in water for fifteen minutes.
  2. Put the milk in a thick bottom pan and keep it to boil. Put bay leaf in it.
  3. Once it boils, discard the water from the rice, smear it with ghee and put in the milk.
  4. Let cook on a low flame. Keep stirring in between.
  5. Once the rice is fully cooked and soft, add sugar. Cook for three minutes.
  6. Add cardamom powder and remove from flame.
  7. Roast the nuts in ghee and garnish it.
chaler payesh

chaler payesh

Chaler Payesh / Bengali Rice Kheer

Chaler Payesh is a popular, delicious and  creamy dessert from Bong community. Gobindobhog rice is cooked in milk and sweetened with sugar and garnished with dry fruits. 

Course Dessert, traditional sweets
Cuisine Bengali, Indian
Keyword bengali recipes, bengali rice kheer, chaler payesh, payesh, traditional recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Jayashree

Ingredients

  • 4 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoon gobindobhog or basmati rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 +1 teaspoon ghee
  • cashew
  • almond
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder

Instructions

  1. Wash the rice and soak in water for fifteen minutes.

  2. Put the milk in a thick bottom pan and keep it to boil. Put bay leaf in it. 
  3. Once it boils, discard the water from the rice, smear it with ghee and put in the milk.

  4. Let cook on a low flame. Keep stirring in between.
  5. Once the rice is fully cooked and soft, add sugar. Cook for three minutes.
  6. Add cardamom powder and remove from flame.

  7. Roast the nuts in ghee and garnish it.

Recipe Notes

  • Gobindobhog rice is usually used here, if it is not available use basmati rice.
  • Soak the rice for atleast fifteen minutes. 

This post is part of 54 Healthy Wealthy Cuisines where the theme is “Mishti Dussehra at HW”

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21 Comments
  1. Shalu

    Kheer looks soooo soooo scrumptious😋😋
    Bengali kheer is my all time favorite. I remember when I was small I used to do Pandal Poojo hopping just for this kheer😉

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  2. spiceaffairs2016

    I can so relate to this post being a bong myself, this chaler payesh is just so creamy and rich such a tempting post Jayashree, just craving for a bowl now.

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  3. Shobha Keshwani

    Payesh looks delicious and creamy.. Kheer is a traditional and festive sweet made in most of the cuisines with a bit of variation.

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  4. Priya Suresh

    How creamy and rich this kheer looks.. Chaler payesh is definitely my kind of desserts, i can have a bowl of this dessert without any fuss anytime of the day. Irresistible payesh.

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  5. curryandvanilla

    Awesome dish; so creamy, rich and super delicious!! Love the color and texture; my mouth is watering here dear 🙂 Now, I have to make this soon!

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  6. Padma

    Love this creamy rich chaler payesh…apt for the festive season!! Delicious share!!

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    • priya vj

      I do use cloves in my kheer at times but using bay leaf is something new . I am sure it must have added its unique flavor to the payesh

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  7. Lata Lala

    Payesh looks so creamy and rich with all beautiful blend of flavour. I love the Bengali style rice kheer though it’s kind of similar to our very own kheer.
    Lovely share

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  8. poonampagar

    The chaler payesh looks so creamy rich Jayashree ! Perfect festive treat for Durga Puja !

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  9. Lathiya

    The rice Kheer looks delicious and rich…similar dishes are spread all over india which I love…I love any kind of kheer

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  10. Priya Srinivasan

    Chaler payesh looks delicious and creamy!! I bet no one can say no to such a rich dessert!

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  11. Jagruti Dhanecha

    I’ve not tried Chaler payesh yet, but your pics are making me drool here. Adding the bay leave in the kheer sounds so interesting.

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  12. Pavani

    Kheer looks so creamy and delicious.It is new recipe for me. Bookmarked it.

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  13. Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    This chaler payesh looks so creamy and rich Jaya 🙂 Lovely share for theme !!! For bengalis, this is a must to be there during puja

    Reply
  14. mayurisjikoni

    I’ve never thought of using bay leaf for a kheer. Love that idea. It must be adding a unique flavour to Chaler Payesh. It looks so creamy and inviting.

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  15. rinkub

    Beautiful! This dish is making me very nostalgic. Love the flavor of the bay leaf.

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  16. sizzlingtastebuds

    similar to pal payasam. but I bet the gobindobhog rice makes all the difference,,, such a tempting pudding

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  17. preethi76

    Bengali rice Kheer looks so rich and creamy. Perfect dessert for any festive occasion. Adding Bay leaf sounds interesting.

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  18. usha

    Gobindobhog variety of rice is new to me. Will try with basmati rice. Texture and consistency looks similar to paravannam we make in Andhra/Telangana and other South Indian states.

    Reply
  19. Archana

    Adding Bay leaf to a kheer is something I have never done. Sounds like something I should try. Govindbhog rice I will not be able to source will try with basmati rice. Looks delicious.

    Reply

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