Kheer (rice pudding) step-by-step recipe with photos.
About this recipe
Kheer or rice pudding is a famous dessert from India made by slow-cooking rice in milk and sweetening it with sugar. Probably one of the most common desserts, especially in north India, this simple rice pudding is made with just three main ingredients.
In Bengal, this dish is called payesh and is made with a special variety of rice called ‘gobindo bhog’. The aroma that this particular short-grain rice adds to the kheer is unmatchable. This rice is not available here, so I use Basmati rice to make the kheer. You may use any white rice available.
Mushy rice grains infused with milk perfectly sweetened with sugar, and slight nuttiness with cashew and almonds are a delight. Make it for special occasions. Or just to treat your tastebuds... You will love every spoonful of it!
To make this dish in an Instant Pot is even simpler. Click here for the Instant Pot kheer recipe.
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Step by step instructions
1. Boil milk in a heavy-bottom pan and add the soaked rice
2. Stir well and let the rice cook
3. Let the rice completely cook in the milk
4. At this stage add sugar and mix well
5. Add chopped nuts and raisins
6. Add the saffron
7. Let it cool down and then refrigerate
- 1 liter milk
- ½ cup rice use gobidno bhog rice for best flavour. I have used basmati rice since gobindo bhog is not available here
- ½ cup sugar
- A few strands saffron
- 2-3 tablespoon cashew chopped, for garnish
- 2-3 tablespoon almonds chopped, for garnish
- 2-3 tablespoon raisins for garnish
- Wash and soak the rice in sufficient water for 30 minutes
- Slice cashew and almonds and set aside
- Pour milk in a heavy bottom pan and bring it to a boil
- Rinse the rice
- Turn the flame to low and add the rice to the milk
- Stir well and let the rice cook. Keep stirring occasionally to make sure the milk does not burn. Keep scraping the sides as well
- After about 35-40 minutes, the rice will be completely cooked and the milk will thicken
- At this stage add sugar and mix well
- Let it simmer for few more minutes until the sugar is completely dissolved
- Add the chopped nuts, raisins and saffron
- Let the kheer cool down and then refrigerate
- Serve chilled