Chak-hao Amubi Kheer | Manipuri Black Rice Kheer

Chak-Hao Amubi Kheer | Manipuri Black Rice Kheer | Forbidden Rice Pudding

This month on the Shhhhh…. Secretly Cooking group, we are trying out recipes from the North Indian state of Manipur. This gave me the perfect opportunity to try this wonderful Chak-Hao Amubi Kheer | Manipuri Black Rice.

Manipuri Chak-hao Amubi Kheer | Forbidden Rice Pudding
Manipuri Chak-hao Amubi Kheer | Forbidden Rice Pudding

I have been wanting to cook with black rice for a while now and could not let this opportunity pass. So when Lathiya Shanmugasundaram of Lathi’s Kitchen gave me rice and sugar as my secret ingredients, I jumped at the opportunity to make this delicious dessert from Manipur.

The process for making this kheer is just the same as that for Pal Payasam (with the exception that you have to soak the Chak-Hao Amubi (Manipuri name for their Black Rice) for a few hours before cooking it. However, the colour, flavour and texture were totally different.

Of course, the rich purple colour of the Chak-Hao Amubi Kheer was unusual and eye-catching. As far as flavour goes, this Manipuri Black Rice Kheer had more of a nuttier taste than Pal Payasam or Paramannam and the rice still had a bite after being fully cooked.

So without further ado, here is the recipe for theis Forbidden Rice Pudding from Manipur.

Chak-Hao Amubi Kheer | Manipuri Black Rice Kheer | Forbidden Rice Pudding

Chak-Hao Amubi Kheer | Manipuri Black Rice Kheer | Forbidden Rice Pudding
Cook Time
45 mins
Soaking Time
4 hrs
Total Time
45 mins
 

Do try this kheer made with Manipuri Black Rice called Chak-Hao Amubi. This Manipuri Forbidden Rice pudding is nutty, creamy, and all-round delicious. Yes, this Chak-Hao Amubi Kheer recipe is a keeper.

Course: Dessert, Sweet
Cuisine: Indian, Manipur
Keyword: Chak-Hao Amubi Kheer, Forbidden Rice Pudding, Kavuni Arisi Payasam, Manipuri Black Rice Kheer
Servings: 4 People
Author: Aruna
Ingredients
  • 1/2 Cup Chak-hao Amubi, Manipuri Black Rice
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 6 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cardamom Powder
Instructions
  1. Soak the rice for 4 to 6 hours in water.

  2. Drain the water from the soaked rice.

  3. In a heavy bottomed vessel, boil the milk.

  4. When the milk starts to boil, turn the heat down to low.

  5. Add the soaked black rice and cook on low heat.

  6. Keep stirring and cook the Chak-Hao Amubi Kheer till the rice is cooked and the milk has reduced to about 1/2 the quantity. This rice does not become mushy like regular rice when cooked. However, it is firm on the outside and soft on the inside when cooked.

  7. When the rice is cooked, take the black rice kheer off the heat. 

  8. Add sugar and cardamom powder.

  9. Mix well.

  10. You can serve the Chak-Hao Amubi Kheer | Forbidden Rice Pudding | Manipuri Black Rice Kheer warm or chilled.

Manipuri Black Rice Kheer
Manipuri Black Rice Kheer

How to Make Chak-Hao Amubi Kheer | Manipuri Black Rice Kheer | Forbidden Rice Pudding

  1. Wash the black rice well under running water and soak it in about 2 cups water for 4 to 6 hours. This soaking helps the rice cook faster.

  2. After the rice has soaked, drain the water from it.

  3. In a heavy bottomed vessel, boil the milk. Use a heavy bottomed vessel, otherwise the milk will stick to the bottom and burn.

  4. When the milk starts to boil, turn the heat down to low and add the soaked black rice. From this point on, keep the heat on low.

  5. Cook the rice in milk while stirring constantly. The milk will start to turn purple.

  6. Cook till the milk has reduced to about 1/2 the quantity and becomes creamy. Manipuri Black Rice does not become soft like regular rice when cooked. Test the rice by pressing a few grains between your index finger and thumb. The cooked rice may seem firm on the outside but breaks easily and is soft on the inside.

  7. When the rice is cooked, turn off the heat.

  8. Immediately, add the sugar and cardamom powder.

  9. Mix well and ensure the sugar has dissolved.

  10. Serve the this Manipuri Black Rice Kheer warm or chilled.

Chak-hao Amubi Kheer | Manipuri Black Rice Kheer
Chak-hao Amubi Kheer | Manipuri Black Rice Kheer

I am taking this to the Manipuri Recipes collection at Shhhh….. Secretly Cooking challenge. 🙂

17 comments

  1. Manipuri Black Rice Kheer here looks awesome aruna !!! Love the color here particularly 🙂 such a nice recipe

  2. Your step wise pics make it so easy to understand the exact texture of the blackblack upon cooking Aruna ! Love the gorgeous purple color of the kheer . Would definitely give it a try once I get hold of black rice.

  3. The purple colour of the kheer is so eye catching and it looks super delicious with the creaminess and nutty flavour. I still have some more black rice which I bought for Manipuri cuisine and would love to try this kheer.

  4. I too was surprised as how black rice us giving the deep purple colour. Nevertheless it looks absolutely delicious and I know a good way to use my black rice too.

  5. Isn’t it fun using black rice? I love using it and am so glad that my son bought a bagful for me as a present. I can vouch that black rice kheer or pudding is absolutely delicious, so different from he normal as it adds a lovely nutty flavor.

  6. Isn’t it fun cooking with black rice? I love it and am so glad that my son got me a whole bag of it as a present. I’ve made kheer or rice pudding with black rice and can vouch that its so different from the normal rice pudding. I love the nuttiness it adds to the kheer.

  7. I have been cooking with Black Rice for a while now, but each time, the aroma, the colour and the chewy nutty taste takes me by surprise. I like this straightforward no fuss recipe, and as you have said, it is rather like Pal payasam. I did learn something new from this post. I have been soaking the rice overnight or for 8 hours. It is good to know that 4-5 hours will do, so I don’t have to plan a day ahead when I want to cook with the Black Rice.

  8. The colour of the kheer is what first attracts you and I can imagine how aromatic the black rice payasam would be. The cuisine certainly has some lovely healthy recipes, now this included. I have to cook with black rice soon now.

  9. I love the colors of this black rice pudding. I am feasting with my eyes 🙂 Such a simple recipe and looks so inviting. I have to find black rice near me 🙂

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