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June 20, 2014


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Bengali Chaler payesh recipe

I am very happy to share my first post on Bengali recipes , Chaler payesh. Last month I posted a query in CAL group in Facebook to suggest me some yummy bengali lunch menu recipes. I got so many suggestions and recipe links to try. Thanks everyone for helping me in finding out some good Bengali vegetarian recipes. Sorry, as I was busy in travel and household chores, I couldn’t try them immediately. But I kept searching and bookmarking some yummy recipes from various websites. And finally I made a delectable Bengali vegetarian thali for the first time on last saturday. I prepared around 8 dishes which are a must & should recipes in an authentic Bengali lunch menu. We loved the thali very much and I had the same for dinner too! 

Before sharing the entire platter, I just want to post all the recipes one by one here. To start with, here is an easy, tasty, simple Bengali chaler payesh recipe. This payesh is nothing but our Indian style rice pudding or rice kheer made by boiling thick milk with aromatic rice(Gobindo bogh) n sugar.

Traditional chaler payesh is prepared by adding date palm jaggery or Khejurer gur is used in Bengal. But I used sugar. Some people use condensed milk too. Its a very tasty, simple to make & flavourful Bengali dessert. This dessert is prepared in all Bengali homes for most of their festivals like Durga puja, Lakshmi puja etc. I had some doubts between this payesh & Nolen gurer payesh and its consistency.

Special thanks to Deepasri Deb for giving a clear explanation which helped me to make this payesh perfect. It turned out so delicious and very flavourful. We loved it a lot. I have made this twice within a week. Once with basmati and second time with jeera rice. The smell of basmati rice/Jeera rice, bay leaf and cardamom while boiling in milk was fantastic. One must feel this fragrance more than I say. So I would give 5* rating for this recipe and suggest everyone to try this yummy, easy Bengali sweet recipe if you are a beginner for this cuisine. U will love it for sure. And for this recipe, I referred many websites like Hamaaree rasoiCook like a bong and Sanjeev kapoor’s Video.

Chaler payesh recipe

Chaler payesh recipe

Chaler payesh recipe Chaler payesh - Easy bengali dessert recipes
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 30 Minutes
Total time: 35 Minutes


  • Milk - 1 litre
  • Basmati or Jeera rice - 1/3 cup (Use Gobindo bhog for best taste)
  • Sugar - 1/3 - 1/2 cup
  • Cardamom - 4 pods
  • Nuts n dry fruits – to garnish
  • Ghee – 2 tsp (optional)
  • Bayleaf - 2 nos
  • Salt - A pinch

  • Boil milk in a wide bowl and when it starts to roll boil, add bay leaf and slightly crushed cardamom pods.
chaler payesh step1
  • Wash the rice and add to the milk. Allow it to boil in low to medium flame till rice gets cooked well but it should be firm & soft without losing its shape. Generally rice takes longer time to cook. So keep mixing every now and then and make sure it is not burnt in the bottom.
chaler payesh step2
  • When the rice is almost cooked, remove bay leaf(optional) & add sugar,a pinch of salt & mix well. Let it boil till the mixture thickens slightly.
chaler payesh step3
  • Switch off the flame. Add nuts and ghee ( optional). Allow it to cool, refrigerate and serve chilled. Enjoy ! This payesh would thicken as it cools down. So adjust the consistency by adding little boiled milk before serving !
chaler payesh step4


  • Thanks to Ushnish Gosh ji for sharing few tips to make this payesh perfect. I have added them above.
  • The consistency of this payesh should be thick. So make it accordingly.
  • I removed the bay leaf before adding sugar by following sanjeev kapoor’s video. If you wish, you can keep it till the end.
  • I felt jeera rice gives more flavour than Basmati rice for this payesh. But its purely your choice.
  • Usually ghee  & water is not used in this recipe. Milk gives the taste. You can add little ghee if you wish.
Chaler payesh recipe

Enjoy this thick, chilled, creamy Bengali payesh. It tastes yumm !!
Bengali payesh recipe

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Unknown said...

Aahh... thats so royal... your presentation is making it more royal..

Chitra said...

Thanks smitha for the quick comment :)

Unknown said...

Nice tradition rice kheer recipe.

great-secret-of-life said...

soo creamy and looks delicious

Nithiyas Kitchen said...
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Nithiyas Kitchen said...

Khoob sundar lagche.Looking tasty and delicious.

Priya Suresh said...

So rich and very beautiful Bengali kheer, hard to take my eyes from ur clicks.

Torviewtoronto said...

deliciously done

Anonymous said...

First time hearing this dessert. Mouth watering.. Wil try soon.

Happy’s Cook said...

yummy... looks inviting... awesome..

Rajani said...

Adding bay leaf is unusual in South indian payasam. So I am quite interested in trying out this recipe.

Ms.Chitchat said...

Tasty, can have a bowl full any time

Mahi said...

Looks yumm! I love those cute roses on the background! When I stayed in Bangalore,I used to buy them regularly! :)

nandoos kitchen said...

yummy, tasty kheer..

Unknown said...

we never use water in bengali payesh. you can use date palm jaggery or khejurer gur,as it is called in Bengal .ghee is also not used.we use kismiss,kaju and badi elaichi to add flavour.

Chitra said...

Thank for the info :) I will try to get this jaggery in my place.