to an Indian proverb, "No treasure is equal to rice." "Payesh,"
pronounced "pie-esh" is a rice pudding served to celebrate the
addition of rice into a six-month-old Indian baby's diet. Each family member
feeds the child a spoonful of Payesh. Cooked basmati rice has the heavenly aroma
of popped corn.
4 cups cooked basmati rice (see package for directions)
4 large eggs, beaten
2 ½ cups whole or fat-free milk
¾ cup dark brown sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter, melted
Evaporated milk or whipped cream
Preheat the oven to 325°
2. In a 3-quart baking dish, stir the rice, eggs, milk, brown
sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, salt and butter.
3. Cover and bake for 45 minutes, serve with toppings.
Makes 6 servings