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Day 19 – Cook with the neighbours: Bangladesh

By Shampa Baroi

Shampa Baroi is a Church and Community Transformation Coordinator in Bangladesh, part of the Asia cluster.

Preparation time 40 mins, cooking time 50 mins


‘Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.’ (James 1:17)


Share this delicious Bengali rice pudding with your family and friends this Christmas as we celebrate together and remember the sweet things and the good gifts that God has given to us, no matter where we are in the world.


  • 2 tbsp kalijeera rice/short-grained rice
  • 1 litre whole milk/milk alternative (we recommend soya)
  • 1 cup/240g powdered milk/powdered milk alternative (we recommend coconut)
  • 6 tbsp sugar – or to your taste
  • Salt – add a little bit if needed
  • 1tbsp raisins
  • 1 cardamom pod
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp grated nuts
  • Cherries (for decoration)


  1. Wash and soak the rice and raisins separately for 30 minutes before cooking.
  2. Boil the milk in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and add powdered milk and bay leaves.
  3. Add the rice to the milk.
  4. When the milk returns to the boil, lower the heat and stir constantly.
  5. After 15–20 minutes, check the rice. Once the rice becomes soft, add the sugar.
  6. Add a pinch of salt and the cardamom, grated nuts and raisins.
  7. Keep stirring on a low heat.
  8. About 5–10 minutes after adding the sugar, the milk will reduce. When it coats your spoon, then it has reached the desired consistency. Do not make it too thick as it will still continue to thicken as it cools down.
  9. You might wish to add cherries for decoration.
  10. Serve the payesh warm or chilled.
  11. Enjoy and have a very happy Christmas!

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