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Nolen gurer payesh recipe with step by step pics. In Bengali language payesh means kheer or payasam. Nolen gurer payesh is a delicious rice kheer or rice pudding made with date palm jaggery and rice. Nolen gurer payesh recipe is a winter delicacy as fresh date palm jaggery arrives in the markets in winters in west bengal.

nolen gurer payesh recipe

Date palm jaggery gives a rustic earthy flavor to the kheer. Hence this rice payesh tastes very different than the Rice kheer made with sugar. the taste grows on you slowly as you savor this delicious rice pudding. No wonder nolen gurer payesh is one of the popular sweet dish made in bengal along with Rasgulla and Sandesh.

Making nolen gurer payesh is easy but takes time and attention. While making recipes like these where milk is boiled for a long time, always use a heavy kadai or a pan, so that the milk does not get burnt from the bottom.

To make nolen gurer payesh usually gobind bhog rice is used. though you can use basmati rice if you do not have gobind bhog rice. In this recipe no flavorings are required as the date palm jaggery gives a really good flavor to the dish. But I do add tej patta and a bit of cardamom powder which makes the payesh have better flavors and tastes great too.

Nolen gurer payesh can be served hot or warm or chilled.

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nolen gurer payesh recipe

Nolen Gurer Payesh

5 from 6 votes
Nolen gurer payesh is rice kheer or rice pudding made with date palm jaggery. 
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Cuisine Bengali
Course: Desserts, Sweets

Servings 4
Units

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup basmati rice or gobind bhog rice or 50 grams basmati rice
  • 1 litre full fat milk or 4 cups milk
  • ½ cup chopped dates palm jaggery or 100 grams palm jaggery - can add more if required
  • 1 small tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder (elaichi powder)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cashews or almonds (kaju ya badam) - optional
  • 1 tablespoon golden raisins (kishmish) - optional

Instructions

preparation for nolen gurer payesh

  • Rinse ¼ cup basmati rice or gobind bhog rice a couple of times. 
  • Then soak rice in enough water for 20 minutes.
  • Chop date palm jaggery and keep aside. 
  • You will need ½ cup of chopped dates palm jaggery.

making nolen gurer payesh

  • Take milk in a heavy kadai or pan.
  • Keep flame to low and begin to heat milk.
  • Stir occasionally when the milk is getting heated.
  • Let the milk come to a boil. Then continue to simmer the milk for 8 to 10 minutes more after it comes to a boil. Stir often. The milk will start reducing in this period of time.
  • After 8 to 10 minutes of simmering, drain all the water from the rice and add to the milk.
  • Then add 1 small tej patta and ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder. mix very well.
  • Simmer on low flame till the rice grains are cooked. Stir often.
  • As the rice grains get cooked, the milk will also thicken and reduce more. So stir often so that rice does not stick to the pan.
  • By the time the rice grains are cooked well the milk will thicken well.
  • Simmer on low flame.
  • The rice grains have to be cooked well. So you can taste or mash a few rice grains to see if they have cooked well.
  • Once the rice grains are softened, then switch off the flame.
  • Then add 2 tablespoons cashews and 1 tablespoon raisins. You can also add almonds or pistachios instead of cashews.
  • Mix very well.
  • Remove the pan from the stove top and keep on the counter top for 3 to 4 minutes till the heat reduces a bit.
  • Then add one part of the dates palm jaggery. mix very well.
  • Add the remaining jaggery.
  • Mix again very well till all of the jaggery dissolves.
  • Serve nolen gurer payesh hot or warm. You can also refrigerate and serve this rice payesh chilled. While serving garnish with a few chopped cashews. 

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
Nolen Gurer Payesh
Amount Per Serving
Calories 339 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 109mg5%
Potassium 404mg12%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Sugar 40g44%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 405IU8%
Calcium 294mg29%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Preparation to make nolen gurer payesh

1. Rinse ¼ cup basmati rice or gobind bhog rice a couple of times in water. Then soak rice in enough water for 20 minutes.

making nolen gurer payesh recipe

2. Take 100 grams dates palm jaggery.

making nolen gurer payesh recipe

3. Chop and keep aside. You will need ½ cup of chopped palm jaggery.

making nolen gurer payesh recipe

Making nolen gurer payesh

4. Take 1 litre milk in a heavy kadai or pan.

making nolen gurer payesh recipe

5. Keep flame to low and begin to heat milk.

making nolen gurer payesh recipe

6. Stir occasionally when the milk is getting heated.

making nolen gurer payesh recipe

7. Let the milk come to a boil. Then continue to simmer the milk for 8 to 10 minutes more after it comes to a boil. Stir often.

making nolen gurer payesh recipe

8. the milk will start reducing in this period of time.

making nolen gurer payesh recipe

9. After 8 to 10 minutes of simmering, drain all the water from the rice and add to the milk.

making nolen gurer payesh recipe

10. Then add 1 small tej patta (Indian bay leaf) and ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder.

making nolen gurer payesh recipe

11. Mix very well.

making nolen gurer payesh recipe

12. Simmer on low flame till the rice grains are cooked. Stir often.

making nolen gurer payesh recipe

13. As the rice grains get cooked the milk will also thicken and reduce more. So stir often so that rice does not stick to the pan. Also scrape the dried milk solids from the sides and add to the simmering milk.

making nolen gurer payesh recipe

14. By the time the rice grains are cooked well, the milk will thicken well.

making nolen gurer payesh recipe

15. Simmer on low flame. The rice grains have to be cooked well. So you can taste or mash a few rice grains to see if they have cooked well.

making nolen gurer payesh recipe

17. Once the rice grains are softened, then switch off the flame.

making nolen gurer payesh recipe

18. Then add 2 tablespoons cashews and 1 tablespoon raisins. You can also add almonds or pistachios instead of cashews. For toddlers you can skip adding dry fruits altogether or add cashew or almond powder. Dry fruits are optional and can be skipped too.

making Bengali nolen gurer payesh recipe

19. Mix very well.

making Bengali nolen gurer payesh recipe

20. Remove the pan from the stove top and keep on the counter top for 3 to 4 minutes till the heat reduces a bit. Also scrape of the dried milk solids from the edges and add to the payesh.

making Bengali nolen gurer payesh recipe

21. After 3 to 4 minutes, add one part of the chopped dates palm jaggery.

making Bengali nolen gurer payesh recipe

22. Mix very well.

making Bengali nolen gurer payesh recipe

23. Add the remaining jaggery.

Bengali nolen gurer payesh recipe

24. Mix again very well till all of the jaggery dissolves. Check the taste and if you want you can add some more jaggery.

Bengali nolen gurer payesh recipe

25. Serve nolen gurer payesh hot or warm. you can also refrigerate and serve this rice payesh chilled. while serving garnish with a few chopped cashews. do note that on cooling the payesh will thicken more. for more delicious kheer recipes you can check this Collection of 29 kheer varieties.

Bengali rice payesh recipe

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10 Comments

    1. Yes you can, but cook the rice with jaggery in thin coconut milk first or water like we cook steamed rice when eating with dal etc. When the rice is cooked, then add thick coconut milk and gently heat through on a low flame. You can even just make it warm.

  1. Are there two types of jaggery that you are using? In the recipe you write chopped dates palm jaggery and palm jaggery. Is this easy to get?

    1. this jaggery is known by both names. the sap is extracted from the date palm tree and hence the name date palm jaggery. in bengali language, this jaggery is called as khejur gur. it is not easily available locally if you live in india except west bengal. but you can easily buy it online. if you cannot get palm jaggery, then add sugarcane jaggery or sugar or brown sugar. hope this helps.

  2. wow love to see this dish in ur website…. my mom makes me this an it tastes like heaven…..btw u used solid date palm jaggery in the dish ,while using the fresh date palm jaggery available in winters in bengal,has better taste5 stars