Yes, we do have a day named rice pudding day and nope it is not something that a few people came up with themselves. This may sound childish to those who are not familiar with this day. Rice Pudding Day does exist and there is a reason for the existence of that day as well.
This day is celebrated on Shrawan 15th of the Nepali Calendar which is exactly one month after the celebration of Dhan Diwas. Some of you may have guessed the connection between these two days.
In this article, we will talk about why Rice Pudding Day is celebrated and share a recipe on how to make a simple kheer. In this way, you can celebrate the day, know why it is celebrated and make yourself home with a sweet bowl of Kheer as well.
Why is Rice Pudding Day (Kheer Diwas) Celebrated?
A month before this day is celebrated, people celebrate Rice Planting Day or Dhan Diwas. Now it should be noted that farmers of Nepal usually start to plant the paddy in the field during this time. Since plating paddy is not a job of a single day, for most farmers the process lasts well over a month.
By the middle of Sharawan, the frequency of the rain starts to decrease when compared to previous months. Along with this, most of the people also finish planting the paddy. Rice pudding day is celebrated to celebrate just that. On this day a lot of farmers finish planting paddy or at the very least, mark this day as the goal to finish planting paddy. So similar to how we celebrate the last day of school before vacation, farmers celebrate Shrawan 15 as the last day of planting paddy as well.
On this day, people prepare kheer and eat it after planting the paddy. Similar to Dhan Diwas, on Rice Pudding day, there will be some eating, drinking, and goofing off during the plantation as well. However, it is kept to a minimum. So that now you know why this day is celebrated, let’s talk about making kheer shall we?
Ingredients of Rice Kheer
- 2 litter of milk
- 6 tablespoons of white sugar
- Half a cup of rice
- 20 raisins
How to Make Kheer in Nepali Style
- Half a teaspoon of ground cardamom
- 10 grams sliced almonds
- ¼ cup chopped pistachio nuts
To make a Kheer, all you have to do is boil the milk with some rice and then add some sweets.
Total Time 30 minutes
Step 1: Prepare the Kheer
– Boil, milk and sugar in a large saucepan.
– Add rice
– Simmer over low heat until the mixture thickens
Step 2: Add the Sweets to the Kheer
– Stir in the raisins, cardamom, and rose water
– Cook for a few more minutes
– Ladle into serving bowls
– Garnish with almonds and pistachios.
Rice Pudding day is a day that has a weird name but is still a significant part of the lives of farmers. It notifies them of the best time to finish planting paddy and gives them a chance to cool down before they start their next plantation. Along with this, the food that is eaten during this day is significant as well. The two main components of this food are rice and milk, both of which are connected to the paddy as straw is one of the primary food for the cows- the source of milk.
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