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Philips HomeCooker Experiment Four

The Last Hooray with the Phlips Jamie Oliver HomeCooker

Yes I have been a busy bee trying out a few recipes using the Jamie Oliver Philips HomeCooker and this recipe really turned out “Voila” and without any extra effort.

There are rice puddings and there are rice puddings and there is Kheer-the Indian variation-many people make this dish however each of them have their own versions. I make mine like my gran used to – and now when I think about it literally looks like Risotto, but made with finer rice.

I still remember her saying in Gujarati and interpreted into English it means – “cooking slowly on low heat-means enhancing the flavours and cooking on high means burning”, she also said a whole lot of stirring was good for the arms, and when I make Kheer I am reminded of all these tips of hers. My sons love kheer however it has to be made like “BA” made it (they called my grandmother “BA”)

Making it her way is tedious and takes up a lot of time, so I decided to try it in the Philips HomeCooker and even if I do say so myself-this came as close to “BA’s” version as you going to get. The taste and texture that you get from slow cooking the milk and rice together, is just phenomenal. Heres how I did it with very little effort and the Philips HomeCooker

Kheer/Rice Pudding (Serves 6)

30ml ghee/butter

125ml basmati rice (washed)

125ml milk

1 cans low fat Ideal Milk

2ml saffron strands (steeped in about 30ml of warm milk)

7ml elachie (cardamom powder)

65ml flaked almonds (approximate measures—add as much as you like)

65ml sliced pistachios (approximate measures-add as much as you like

1 can condense milk

30ml coloured slivered almonds for garnish


  1. Set the temperature to 175 on your Jamie Oliver HomeCooker and ensure you have the stirrer attachment affixed and heat the ghee/butter till melted
  2. Add the basmati rice and set the timer to 5minutes before lowering the temperature to 130
  3. Now add the milk, Ideal milk, saffron, elachie, almonds and pistachios, and set the timer to 25minutes
  4. The HomeCooker was doing its job by stiring and cooking, however my fidgitty hands could not keep away
  5. After 25minutes add the condense milk and allow to cook for a further 10 minutes
  6. Thereafter turn the HomeCooker off and taste and adjust as per your preference-more sugar, more nuts, more elachie
  7. Serve warm or cold in dessert bowls garnished with sliced pistachios, coloured slivered almonds, a delicate sprinkling of cardamom and edible glitter



Click here for the conventional recipe


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