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Rice Kheer Indian Rice Pudding

Rice Kheer is a delicious and popular Indian dessert. This rice pudding is rich and creamy in texture and has mixed nuts. Indians serve kheer on special occasions and festivals. Of course, you can prepare it whenever you crave it! The ingredients are simple, rice, sugar, and milk. Rice Kheer takes 25 minutes to prepare. Please watch the video tutorial within this post to learn how to make this dessert!

Rice kheer served in glass bowl.

What is Rice Kheer?

Kheer is a type of pudding, and you can make it with rice, vercimile, carrot, or semolina. Rice Kheer has milk, sugar, or the sweetener of your choice, plus nuts or dry fruits. I have posted a delicious recipe for carrot pudding which in Hindi is called Gajar Ka Halwa, and I have made it low in calories, I’m sure you’ll love it.  

I have the Classic American rice pudding recipe on my blog if you wish to give it a try.

Essential ingredients for Rice Kheer?

The basic ingredients are milk, sugar, and either carrot, semolina, vercimile, or rice. You can add more ingredients like dry fruits, mixed nuts, and saffron. Usually, all types of Kheer are made in the same way. However, you can find Ghee in some, and other types might take lesser time to prepare.

Rice kheer garnished with slices of pistachio.

What type of rice to use in making Kheer?

Most Kheer recipes use Basmati rice, but you can use short-grain rice. I wouldn’t use brown rice or parboiled rice in making Indian rice Kheer, using brown rice will take a long time to cook, and this may lead the milk to get burnt. You won’t get the authentic flavor when using brown rice.

What type of sweetener to use in Kheer?

You can use white sugar, but brown sugar is fine too, keep in mind that the color of the Kheer will be darker. If you want to use sweeteners with low calories, add it at the end of your cooking.

How to serve Rice Kheer?

Kheer can be served with coffee; you wouldn’t want to serve it with anything sweet on the side. This dessert is rich and should be served in small portions.

You can serve the pudding warm or chilled.

Overhead shot of rice pudding served in a bowl.

How to store the Kheer?

Pour the kheer in small bowls, when it comes to room temperature, cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap, and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Can we add eggs in this rice pudding?

There are no eggs in the authentic recipe of Kheer, and the texture gets thick and creamy by adding cornstarch and the starch coming from the rice.

Can I use almond milk or coconut milk instead of whole milk?

You can, but these types of milk burn faster. If you must use other types of milk, then instead of milk add 3 cups of water to the recipe and follow the same method in making the kheer. Add 2 and a half cup of either almond milk or coconut milk after 15 minutes of cooking and continue cooking and stirring the rice kheer.

Bowls or Indian rice pudding garnished with pistachio.

Can I use cooked rice in making Kheer?

You can use cooked rice, but the flavor will be a little different, the cooking time will be less as well as the amount of milk you use in the recipe.

How can I avoid burning the milk?

Since in this recipe, we are cooking the rice in the milk, and the cooking time is longer than 15 minutes, chances are the milk will reduce and burn; however, you can prevent that by stirring often and cooking the pudding on medium-low heat.

How to flavor the Kheer?

You can flavor the pudding by adding rose water, saffron, cardamom, cinnamon, or kewra water.

To make this dessert, you will need:

Large saucepanSaffronSpatulaBlender or food processor (optional)

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