“ Brand: Laziza International / Type: Puddings „
Laziza Kheer packet mix
My husband loves Kheer which is Indian rice pudding flavoured with cardamom and garnished with pistachios and although I can make it from scratch this packet is so delicious and easy that I tend to be lazy and buy this to make it for him. I always buy this from Tesco for about £1.00
Laziza Food Products are traditional but convenient and there are more than 150, Spice Mixes, Sweet Mixes, Pickles, Chutneys, Vermicelli, Basmati Rice, and other food products. Their products offer authentic traditional foods by carefully balancing five basic flavours - sweet, salty, sour, bitter & pungent Laziza is a available in many countries of the world. - Laziza International state that their foods offer purity, quality and taste and they have been operating since 1985.
Laziza Kheer comes in a number of different varieties standard (this is the one I am reviewing), Economy,almond and saffron, pistachio and coconut, Gajar Kheer, Kajoo Kheer, vermicelli Kheer and, dry fruit kheer. The standard Kheer comes in 155g cardboard packet with an inner sealed plastic bag which contains the actual mix.
The cardboard box has a plastic sealed wrapper around the outside too so it is quite a challenge to get in to. The front of the box clearly states it is a standard Kheer mix made by Laziza. The instructions and ingredients on the sides of the pack are in several languages and scripts but they do have English as one option.
Basically it is rice sugar and cardamom with pistachios. The rice is slightly ground which means it cooks quicker and you get a finer cooked result.
nutrient per 100g
Energy kCal 375 kCal
Energy kJ 1,575 kJ
Protein 2.5 g
Carbohydrate 80.0 g
of which sugars 5.0 g
of which saturates N/A
Ingredients;Sugar, Processed Rice, Pistachio, Cardamom and Kewra (Pine Essence).
From this you can see there are no preservatives as the mix is all dried foods which need little preservation apart from being dried.
I open the packet and add 1 litre of milk. You can choose whatever milk you normally use, skimmed, semi or full fat. Add the packet contents to the pan and then the milk then bring to the boil and simmer while stirring until thick. The packet says about 15 to 20 minutes but sometimes I find it takes up to 25 minutes to thicken sufficiently.
Once you are happy with the thickness then pour it into individual bowls or one large serving dish then allow to cool. Kheer, unlike British rice pudding, is always served cool or cold.
I always sprinkle the top of mine with slivered almonds to add a bit of crunch but you don't have to add anything at all as it is really tasty without.
The taste is really authentic, the cardamom is quite strong, the pudding is sweet but in spite of the sugar and cardamom you can taste the rice too. I really love the bits of crunchy pistachio nuts that are in the mix and also love extra crunch of slivered almonds if I have garnished the top with them. Because it is served cold and has a strong cardamom taste if is excellent as a desert after curry but my husband loves it as a desert any time. The flavours develop much more because of the fact it is served cold and it is possible to choose appropriate serving dishes or small pots to make the dish look more special.
Thank you for reading and I do thoroughly recommend this mix if you like rice pudding and specifically rice pudding flavoured with cardamom. Naturally as the mix has nuts in it then it will not be suitable for people with nut allergies.
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