by: Dr. Talukdar My parents are immigrants from Bangladesh and I have been blessed to enjoy Bengali and South Asian foods quite regularly, even now as an adult! This dessert is served on special occasions and, in particular, during Muslim holidays such as Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha. This dish is my favorite of all South Asian desserts as it is sweet as can be and reminds me of my childhood and important family gatherings. Though I was born and raised in the United States, this dish offers a connection to my ethnic heritage. I hope you enjoy it! Source: Dr. Talukdar’s Mom Ingredients ½ cup basmati rice 1 quart regular milk (whole fat; do not use reduced fat) ½ cup brown sugar (date sugar is preferred, but can be difficult to find) 1 quart heavy cream Sliced/chopped pistachios or almonds (optional) READ MORE