Simple Sweet Rice Dessert

t stormed and blew all day yesterday in Sonoma. Patsy was packed off to dog camp for the day at Vintage Kennel Club. Huskys need a lot of exercise and for the last couple of weeks the dog park has been closed due to sodden turf. Our property is not fenced, and I've written before about what can happen when a Husky is in an area that's not fenced. It isn't pretty. Just plain walks, no matter how long just don't cut it. She's used to off leash time every day for play. So a day at the dog camp seemed a good investment. Large play yards to run in, tubs of water to jump in and lots of her friends to play with. It also seemed a good day for a dessert. Patsy got a treat, why not us? I always look for what's at hand when making a dessert and we had plenty of milk. I'd been meaning to make some chenna cheese but got distracted, so I thought what can I do with this? Milk pudding anyone?? I decided to make a Payasam. It's a South Indian milk pudding and there are a million varieties of it. The ingredient list is pretty simple and cooking time is fairly minimal. It involves about 30 minutes or so of stove time and stirring, so it's not as fast as a box of instant pudding, but it tastes a whole lot better! It starts as many desserts do, with Basmati rice . This is also one of those dishes where one can let the imagination run wild. Got raisins? Add 'em. Some other nut? Toss 'em in. A bit of mango? Why not? Get creative. This recipe left me with 6 little ramekins of Payasam. Guess how long they're going to last.