Let’s make it
Soak the rice, cinnamon sticks, lemon zest and whole cloves in the water in a heavy saucepan for 1 hour.
After soaking, bring the rice mixture to a boil on high heat, uncovered. When it starts to boil (about 5 minutes), lower the heat to medium and cook for 10 to 12 more minutes or until water is almost evaporated.
While rice is cooking, add the milk and stir well to mix. Add the vanilla extract and MILKMAID to the rice and cook over medium-low heat, stirring carefully, until it thickens slightly or until desired consistency, about 25 to 35 minutes.
Let cool uncovered.
be aware that as the rice cools it thickens. The finished product will be thinner than traditional rice pudding.
Basmathi rice has higher fiber content. Fiber is an important ingredient which helps in digestion.