Chaler Payesh also known as Chawal Ki Kheer or Rice Pudding is one of the most popular and basic Indian dessert dish. This dish is considered the most auspicious and therefore mostly served during important and special occasions.
Payesh in Bengal is a quintessential dessert dish that adorns our special as well as religious occasions. Payesh is offered as Prasad to God/ Goddess and is also one of the most essential dishes prepared during Annaprasan (naming ceremony) or birthday. Paush/ Makar Sankranti is also often celebrated with Payesh being prepared in Bengali culture. Lastly, Payesh is also prepared just as it is when we are in a special mood for celebration or indulgence.
In Bengal we generally use a certain specific variety of rice, mainly Gobindobhog but if that is not available then any fragrant rice also works fine. This awesome dessert delicacy requires very simple ingredients and simpler effort. I always try to make Payesh to commemorate our happy and special occasions.