Paal paayasam

Dessert, also known as kheer in the North. They’re slightly different. This is the South Indian easy version.

You need: 1 liter milk, 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tbsp uncooked rice (washed and drained), a pinch of saffron (optional)

How to: Cook rice in milk till very soft on a low flame.

Add sugar and saffron. If you do use saffron, it needs to be soaked in a little hot milk or water before adding.

Keep stirring till it thickens. Don’t let it stick to the bottom of the pan, it will burn.