Kheer - The Indian Rice Pudding

February  2, 2011
0 Ratings
  • Makes for 4-5
Author Notes

Kheer can be eaten warm, hot or cold so its perfect for any season. Its an Indian favorite dessert and one you will fall in love with! —kulsum Kunwa

What You'll Need
  • 2 liters whole fat milk
  • 1 1/2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 pieces cardamom pods
  • 1-2 pinches Saffron
  • 1/4 cup almonds and pistachip mix
  1. Soak rice for half an hour. Drain the water completely and grind the rice with 2-3 quick pulse. We don't want to make a rice powder, just break the rice into almost sand like granules.
  2. Bring the milk to a boil and reduce the flame to keep it at slow simmer. Add the rice, saffron and cardamom. Make sure to use a deep bottom pan and crack the cardamom pods.
  3. The milk will start to thicken after 15 minutes. This is the time to add the sugar.
  4. Basically that's it. All you need to do now is keep an eye on the milk and keep stirring it at intervals of 5-6 minutes for next 30-40 minutes.
  5. Once the pudding thickens to your liking garnish with roughly chopped nuts.

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    kulsum Kunwa
Freelance food photographer, food writer and recipe developer based in Kuwait. I'm passionate about familiarizing people with Indian cuisine through modern and contemporary take on Indian food on my blog Journey Kitchen.

10 Reviews

Arron U. April 22, 2015
I have ground cardamom, not the whole. How much should I use?
Douglas B. November 5, 2014
Hi, what are those cracker/cookies next to the bowl of rice pudding ? I look forward to making this recipe soon. Thank you for posting it.
AppleAnnie February 12, 2011
What is the name of the pastry shown next to the kheer in your photo?
kulsum K. February 13, 2011
Its called puri. Its a deep fried bread served with kheer to dip and eat. Though you can have a soft puri, I prefer a crisp puri with kheer for the crunch of course. I can give you the recipe if you want, its just a little bit tricky for newbies so didn't mention it here :)
AppleAnnie February 9, 2011
Thank you for this recipe, is the soaked rice to be ground in a food processor?
kulsum K. February 10, 2011
Yes, a food processor but make sure you don't grind it too much. 2-3 pulse in food processor will be enough. Thank you so much for checking out the recipe :-) I hope your enjoy it
Sagegreen February 2, 2011
Perfect! Yum.
kulsum K. February 3, 2011
Thank you :)
onetribegourmet February 2, 2011
Looks Delicious! :)
kulsum K. February 2, 2011
thanks Sara - its one of my favorites :)