Ksheer is an Indian pudding prepared from milk, rice and sugar. It is also known as payasam or phirni. Sugar is sometimes substituted with jaggery to make it healthier. Apart from rice, this pudding is also prepared with vermicelli, tapioca and semolina. Saffron, raisins, almonds, cardamom, cashews and pistachios are often used to flavor this delicious sweet dish. In other variations of this dish rice is also substituted with potatoes and bottle gourd.