Dates Kheer - also known as Khajur Payesh. Milk - 1 litre Dates - 100 gms ( deseeded) Sugar - ½ cup ( or to taste) Cornflour - 1 tbsp Cardamom powder - 1 tsp Nut meg powder - ½ tsp ( jathikkai or jaiphal powder) Ghee - 1 tbsp Chopped nuts ( of choice ) - ¼ cup Reserve 10 dates for garnishing & chop the rest. Soak the chopped dates in 1 cup hot milk ( from the 1 litre) for I hr. Grind, not very fine, but coarse since it is nice to bite tiny pieces in the kheer. Boil the rest of the milk, after reserving ½ cup cold for mixing the cornflour. When the milk starts boiling, add the cornflour – milk mixture. Stir, preventing lump formation & cook the cornflour. Instead of boiling the milk for a long time & reducing it to get a thick consistency, I find this method easier & faster without any compromise on the taste. Decrease the flame & add ground dates. Simmer for a few mts & add sugar. Mix well to dissolve the sugar, add spices & switch off. Cool & chill. Roast nuts & chopped ( reserved) dates in the ghee & sprinkle when serving. This tastes very rich & can be served chilled.