Indian Rice Pudding (kheer) - Indian Recipe (Dessert)

1/2 cup basmati rice
2 cups water
2 quarts milk
5 green cardamom pods
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup slivered blanched almonds
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 Tbs rose water
Recipe Method
Wash the rice and boil in the water over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes, until the rice is one quarter done
Drain in a colander
In a saucepan, bring the milk and cardamom pods to a boil over medium heat
Add the rice and cook for 30 to 40 minutes, until the rice is soft and the milk is very thick
Stir occasionally at first and then constantly when the milk begins to thicken, to prevent the ingredients from sticking to the bottom of the pan
Add the sugar, almonds, ground cardamom, and nutmeg and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring constantly
Remove from the heat and set aside
Remove the cardamom pods from the pudding and sprinkle with the rose water
Serve warm or chilled in dessert bowls