Kheer Recipe – Rice Kheer

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Kheer recipe with step by step photos. Rice kheer is a favorite Indian dessert made with basmati rice, milk, nuts and saffron. Rice kheer is also one of the most popular kheer variety made in North Indian cuisine along with Seviyan kheer and Phirni.

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This rice kheer recipe is a family recipe and one that I learned from mother in law. For any religious or festive occasions, my mother-in-law always makes rice kheer. Generally, we make it in a slightly large quantity, but I have scaled down the recipe which can give you 4 to 5 serving of this rice deliciousness.

Like the other kheer versions, rice kheer is also easy to make and the entire recipe can be made in one pan or pot. Just that you need to keep a check when the kheer is simmering and stir it at intervals. this is quick and easy recipe and does not demand much cooking skills.

In south India also rice kheer is made and is called as rice payasam there. Rice payasam can be made both with milk and coconut milk. I have shared Rice Payasam made with milk also.

This delicious rice kheer can be made for any festival or celebration like Diwali or also as a sweet dessert which you can serve after meals.

I have compiled frequently asked questions on rice kheer recipe from the comments received on this recipe.

FAQ on rice kheer recipe

  1. Are rice pudding and rice kheer same?
    Yes, both are same. Rice kheer can also be called as rice pudding. Basically rice kheer is Indian rice pudding. The flavourings are typically Indian like cardamom powder and saffron. Some variations also add rose water or kewra water.
  2. Are the rice grains cooked or raw?
    To make rice kheer, raw rice grains are cooked in milk. But the rice grains are soaked in water for 20 to 30 minutes. By the time the rice gets cooked in the milk, the milk also reduces and thickens. So what you get is a creamy and rich rice pudding. but of course there is another way rice pudding is made and that is by using cooked rice or you can use leftover cooked rice. I also make this version of rice pudding on occasions – cooked rice pudding.
  3. Which dry fruits and nuts to add?
    Dry fruits and nuts are added in rice kheer to make it more flavorful. we always add almonds, cashews, pistachios and golden raisins along with saffron and cardamom powder. You can even add one or two types of nuts or whatever dry fruits you have in your kitchen.
  4. Can I soak rice grains overnight?
    Yes, of course, you can make kheer with rice that has been soaked overnight. Only the cooking time will be less.
  5. What is the proportion of rice to milk?
    The proportion of rice is 1:16 for rice and milk respectively. Using this proportion you can easily double or triple the recipe or make in more quantities.
  6. Can rice kheer be made sugar free?
    Yes, you can use sugar-free sweeteners and add them to the kheer once its done.
  7. Can I use jaggery in rice kheer?
    You can use jaggery. But add jaggery only after the rice kheer is done. Once the kheer is made, keep it on the kitchen counter for 4 to 5 minutes, till the heat reduces a bit. Then add jaggery.
  8. Can I use brown sugar?
    With brown sugar, also follow the same method as that for jaggery.
  9. Can I make chocolate rice kheer with this rice kheer recipe?
    You can easily make chocolate rice kheer with this recipe. Either add 1 to 2 tablespoons cocoa powder or add grated chocolate once the kheer is cooked.
  10. Can I use condensed milk or milkmaid?
    You can use condensed milk, but then cook rice first in milk or water or half-half of both. Then add the sweetened condensed milk with some milk. If you just add condensed milk, the rice kheer will become very sweet. So mix it with some milk and then add. If using condensed milk then skip sugar.
  11. Why has rice become lumpy in rice kheer?
    If the rice grains are cooked too much or if the milk gets reduced too much or is less, then rice grains become lumpy. To fix this add some more milk in the kheer and break the lumps with a wired whisk or spatula.
  12. Can I use any other type of rice for rice kheer?
    Though basmati rice is generally preferred for making rice kheer, but you can use any other fragrant variety of rice too. You can even use regular variety of rice. Basically, you can make rice kheer with the ingredients you have in your kitchen.
  13. Why has milk got burnt or browned?
    When making a dish like rice kheer, where time is taken for the rice grains to cook, its always best to use a heavy thick bottomed kadai (wok) or pan. Frequent stirring of rice grains when the milk is simmering ensures that the milk does not get burnt from the bottom. Also, cook the rice kheer on a low to medium-low flame.

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How to make rice kheer recipe

1. Rinse ¼ cup basmati rice a couple of times and then soak in enough water for 15 to 20 mins.

rice for rice kheer recipe

2. Meanwhile when the rice grains are soaking, take 1-litre full-fat milk in a heavy wide pan or saucepan or kadai.

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3. keep the pan on a low to medium-low flame. stir at intervals so that the milk does not stick at the bottom of the pan.

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4. Let the milk come to a boil.

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5. Take 1 tablespoon milk from the pan in a small bowl. Let the milk become warm. Then add a few saffron strands in the milk. Keep aside.

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6. After the milk begins to boil, drain all the water from the rice and add it to the hot boiling milk.

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7. Mix very well.

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8. Simmer and cook rice on a low flame. No need to cover the pan when the rice is cooking.

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9. Cook the rice grains till they are 50% done or half-cooked.

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10. Then add 5 to 6 tbsp sugar or add as required.

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11. Mix the sugar in the milk.

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12. Continue to cook rice on a low to medium-low flame. Do stir at intervals.

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13. Simmer till the rice is almost cooked.

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Flavoring the rice kheer

14. Then add ½ teaspoon cardamom powder.

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15. Add 1 tablespoon each of sliced almonds, chopped cashews and sliced pistachios. You can blanch the almonds if you prefer or just slice them raw.

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16. Mix well.

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17. Then add the saffron dissolved milk.

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18. Again mix and continue to cook on a low flame till the rice kheer thickens and the rice grains have completely cooked.

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19. Switch off the flame when the rice grains are completely cooked. The kheer will also thicken. On cooling rice kheer thickens more. Scrape milk solids from the sides of the pan and add to kheer.

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20. Lastly add 1 tablespoon golden raisins. At this step you can add 1 tablespoons rose water or kewra water.

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21. Pour the rice kheer in individual serving bowls. You can serve the rice kheer, hot or warm or chilled. Refrigerate leftover rice kheer. For more delicious kheer recipes, you can check this Collection of 24 kheer recipes.

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Kheer Recipe - Rice Kheer

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Rice kheer is a popular Indian sweet dessert made with basmati rice, milk, nuts and saffron. Rice kheer is easy to make and is made with a one pan or one pot method. Rice kheer is basically Indian rice pudding and makes for a creamy delicious pudding. 
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Cuisine North Indian
Course: Desserts, Sweets

Servings 5
Units

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup basmati rice
  • 1 litre full fat milk or whole milk or full cream milk - 4 cups
  • 6 tablespoons sugar or add as required
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder or 5 to 6 green cardamoms powdered in mortar-pestle(choti elaichi powder)
  • 1 pinch saffron strands (kesar) or 14 to 16 saffron strands
  • 1 tablespoon chopped or sliced almonds or blanched almonds (badam)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped or sliced cashews (kaju)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped or sliced unsalted pistachios (pista)
  • 1 tablespoon golden raisins (kishmish)

Instructions

preparation for rice kheer

  • Rinse ¼ cup basmati rice a couple of times till the water runs clear of the starch.
  • Then soak the rice in enough water for 15 to 20 mins.
  • Blanching almonds - heat water in a small pan or pot. When the water comes to a boil then switch off the flame and then add 10 to 12 almonds to it. Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes. Then peel and slice almonds. This is an optional step. 

making rice kheer

  • Meanwhile, when the rice grains are soaking, take 1 litre full fat milk in a heavy wide pan or saucepan or kadai.
  • Keep the pan on a low to medium-low flame. Stir at intervals so that the milk does not stick at the bottom of the pan.
  • Let the milk come to a boil.
  • Take 1 tablespoon milk from the pan in a small bowl. Let the milk become warm. Then add a few saffron strands in the milk. Keep aside.
  • After the milk begins to boil, drain all the water from the rice and add it to the hot boiling milk. mix very well.
  • Simmer and cook rice on a low flame. No need to cover the pan when the rice is cooking.
  • Cook the rice grains till they are 50% done or half-cooked.
  • Then add 5 to 6 tbsp sugar or add as required. mix the sugar in the milk.
  • Continue to cook rice on a low to medium-low flame. Do stir at intervals. simmer till the rice is almost cooked.

flavoring the rice kheer

  • Then add ½ teaspoon cardamom powder. add blanched & peeled sliced almonds and chopped cashews and sliced pistachios. mix well.
  • Then add the saffron dissolved milk.
  • Again mix and continue to cook on a low flame till the rice kheer thickens and the rice grains have completely cooked.
  • Switch off the flame when the rice grains are completely cooked. The kheer will also thicken. On cooling rice kheer thickens more. Scrape milk solids from sides and add to kheer.
  • Lastly add 1 tablespoon golden raisins. At this step you can add 1 tablespoons rose water or kewra water.
  • Pour the rice kheer in individual serving bowls. You can serve the rice kheer, hot or warm or chilled. Refrigerate leftover rice kheer. 

Notes

Tips for making rice kheer
  1. Rose water can also be added to the rice kheer.
  2. You can also blanch almonds in a microwave. in a microwave safe bowl, take the almonds and cover it with water. microwave on high for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Amount of dry fruits and sugar can be adjusted as per your taste.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Calories: 217kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 152mgFiber: 1gSugar: 23gVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1.1mg

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132 Comments

  1. Thanks so much Dassana. This came out wonderfully. I appreciate the added tips for how one can customize the final flavoring, and really love this with the rose water added. I didn’t have full fat milk so I used 50/50 blend of 1% milk and coconut milk. Still super creamy.5 stars

    1. thank you jen. glad that the tips for customizing the flavorings helped. with rose water, the aroma is too good. the starches in the rice help in thickening and making the kheer get a creamy consistency. so low-fat milk or skimmed milk can be replaced with. thank for the rating too.

  2. Hi Dassana
    First of all thank you so much for sharing the wonderful receipes, I just have one request please share few receipes in instant pot as well specially kheer. I have heard that cooking kheer in instant pot is easier than traditional ethod, got few receipes of the same but just want to try your version of kheer in instant pot.
    Thanks in advance

    1. hi shravya, firstly thank you. i will be adding instant pot recipes in some days. i got an instant pot a month back and cook everyday food in it – from dal-rice to biryani to dal-makhani to steaming vegetables and more. i will share basic recipes first like cooking rice etc. then move on to proper recipes like rice kheer or pulao etc.

  3. Hi dear dassana

    Your recipies are life saviour when one is beginner in cooking ..The way you have explained them is jus amazing and so easy to follow. Made kheer for the first time and it turned out to be super tasty ..thanx for such a effort ☺️

    1. hi himani, thanks a lot. i am glad that the explanation of the recipe is easy to follow and understand. most welcome and happy cooking.

  4. Hi dassana

    Thank you so much for Ur brilliant recipes. I just wanted to know one thing I soaked the rice overnight. Is that okay??5 stars

    1. welcome chitra and thanks. yes of course, you can make kheer with rice that has been soaked overnight. only the cooking time will be less ????

      1. Hi dassana
        Di, In ingredients list, ratio of rice and milk is 1:16 respectively but in written instructions before starting the recepie you have told the ratio 1:4. Please clarify it.

        1. thank you seema. my bad, i calculated wrongly. it is indeed 1:16. i will update in the post. thanks again.

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