Cookbook:Kheer (Rice Pudding)

Kheer (Rice Pudding)
Category Dessert recipes
Servings 6
Energy 1500-2100 kJ (358-502 kcal) per serving
Time 30-60 minutes
Note 1500-2100 kJ (358-502 kcal) per serving

Cookbook | Ingredients | Recipes | Indian Cuisine | Dessert

Kheer or payasam is a thick rice pudding.



  1. Bring the milk to a boil.
  2. Add rice and cook slowly until thick (about 20 minutes).
  3. Stir in the sugar, sultanas (raisins), and the ground seeds from the cardamom pods (cook a further 5 minutes).
  4. Stir in the almonds and rosewater, and cover until ready to serve.

Notes, tips, and variationsEdit

  • Stir the milk while bringing it to the boil.
  • You may also want to leave the kheer boiling for much longer (several hours), until it has been significantly reduced; this provides a stronger flavour and a light-pink colour.
  • You can use rice flour or vermicelli instead of plain rice.
  • You can also add some red soda to give it a nice pinkish-whitish colour.
  • For kheer that is not too thick when cold, use 170 mL (⅔ cup) of rice instead
  • If to be eaten cold, it's nicer to use double the quantities of sugar, sultanas, and almonds.


  • The main difficulty in this dish is preventing the kheer from sticking to the bottom of the pan, that requires care.