Kheer (Rice Pudding) Recipe -
Kheer (Rice Pudding) Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Kheer (Rice Pudding)

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"This is a very flavorful Indian rice pudding. It's the best rice pudding I've ever had, and very easy to make!"

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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    35 mins


  1. Bring the coconut milk, milk and sugar to a boil in a large saucepan. Add basmati rice, and simmer over low heat until the mixture thickens and the rice is tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Stir in the raisins, cardamom and rose water, and cook for a few more minutes. Ladle into serving bowls, and garnish with almonds and pistachios.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 08, 2008

The quantities and times are accurate for this recipe. Kheer is not as thick as a Western-style rice pudding, and should be still be a bit fluid when cool. Often I have used substitutions in this recipe, depending on what I had on hand. Instead of ground cardamom, I use about 12 - 15 green cardamom pods (I like my cardamom!). The pods should go in with the milk to get the best flavour, and be fished out after cooking. Instead of sugar, I like to put in about a quarter of a small can of sweetened condensed milk. Instead of rose water, I add about 1/4 tsp of almond extract (and sometimes some vanilla extract). Unsweetened flaked coconut is another great addition or garnish. Chopped (and roasted/toasted) almonds, pistachios, and walnuts are delicious garnishes. Kheer is delicious warm or cold. When cooking the rice, I leave the pot uncovered and watch it carefully so it doesn't burn or boil over.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 08, 2004

The taste is all right, but I think the recipe amounts are off. I've never had authentic kheer and am just going off my experiences with rice puddings in general, but: 1) The ratio of liquid to rice seems off, especially given the cooking times. It's recommended that you simmer the mixture for 20 minutes, but it will take longer to boil down the milk mixture, as well as to cook the rice thoroughly. 2) It's my understanding that rice pudding is not served warm. After adding the cardamom and raisins, the pudding is still hot and therefore soupy. To get it to thicken like traditional rice puddings, you have to chill the mixture. I would recommend either lowering the amounts of each milk to 1.5 cups, or raising the amount of rice to about 3/4 c. Definitely simmer for a longer time-- at the very least, 35 minutes. To expedite the cooling process, put the pudding in its serving dish(es), then put that inside a larger pan/dish/tub and fill with ice water, then stick the whole thing in the fridge.

May 22, 2008

My husband had 5 male guest from India and I made this dish for them. The guys recommendations; don't need to use coconut milk, use whole milk and not any low fat milk, need to cook a lot longer- about an hour. You can tell the rice is done when if you take a piece out and you should be able to smoosh it easily with your finger. I have more of a sweet tooth and I tried while cooking before I added the raisins and cardamom and loved it. I bet kids would like it also before the raisins, cardamom and rose water is added.

Oct 01, 2005

This recipe makes very nice kheer. The coconut milk is a creative addition that really enhanced the flavor. The liquid-to-rice ratio was perfect in the finished dessert, with the rice swimming in the delicately sweet, creamy base. This is a recipe I will enjoy making again.

Mar 17, 2010

I'm an Indian originally from Delhi. My mom is Bengali and Bengali's are OBSESSED with rice. And potatoes, too, but that is irrelevant. I agree with an earlier reviewer: coconut milk is not needed, at all, and yes the cooking time is longer; takes more than an hour when we make kheer at hom! and the BEST part about kheer is that it is traditionally served CHILLED. Once the kheer is cooked, take it off the stove, and let it cool down to room temperature, THEN you have to refrigerate it. There's very few milk-based Indian puddings that are served warm, and kheer is definitely not one of them.

Mar 10, 2007

kheer is supposed to be more liquid-y than traditional rice puddings! It's not meant to feel like a log sitting in your stomach.

Dec 06, 2005

This was awesome! I made a coupke changes, however: I did not use the rose water, and I made the dish vegan by substituting the milk with vanilla rice milk, and also used only half of the coconut milk, substituting soy coffee creamer for the other half. I toasted the nuts in a dry pan before adding them to the mixture which I think really brought out the flavor. When I served it, I dusted the bowls with just a tiny pinch of nutmeg. This went over REALLY well at the food co-op where I cook for the masses.

Jan 10, 2008

OH Yesssssss......... let me start with saying I have never had any type of rice pudding before. This is my very first experience with making and tasting rice pudding. W@W this was so good so creamy and geez so tasty. I am NOW a HUGE fan of rice pudding, I did follow recipe except for I added just about 1/4 cup more rice, a tad bit more of the cardamom, becuase I really love this spice, and topped my serving with toasted walnuts and toasted coconut flakes, this to me is super delicous:) Thank you so much for a great treat! Now my tummy is all warm inside;)


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  • Calories
  • 513 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 48.2 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 33.4 g
  • 51%
  • Fiber
  • 3.3 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 11.3 g
  • 23%
  • Sodium
  • 99 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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