In a saucepan
combine the rice and water, bring to a boil, stirring, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Add 2 cups of the milk
, the sugar
, raisins, cashews or pistachios, cardamom seeds, and cinnamon, and simmer
, stirring often, for 10 to 15 minutes more, or until rice is tender and mixture creamy. Add additional milk if necessary. Pudding
may also be served chilled.