Badmaash serves up Punjabi kheer for Diwali

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When Diwali kicks off this Sunday, the Festival of the Lights will bring with it five days of feasting and celebration that mark the start of the Hindu New Year. To honor the goddess Lakshmi for Lord Rama’s return from exile, restaurateurs Nakul, Arjun and their father, Chef Pawan Mahendro, will serve a traditional Punjabi kheer from November 1–6 at their hip Indian restaurant, Badmaash, in Downtown LA. Sweet milky desserts like rich basmati rice pudding are meant to symbolize happiness and prosperity for the coming year. Topped with slivered almonds or pistachios, kheer is often served warm in winter and chilled during the summer.