Rice Kheer

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Rice Kheer
is a traditional and very popular sweet dish of India. Made with milk, rice and sugar it is a complete meal in itself. And when you add Cardamom powder, Saffron and nuts to it….Wow.  Rice Kheer goes really well with Poori, bhindi, Kadoo and aloo ki sabji.

Rice kheer

When I was young I was so fond of Kheer that I used to eat roti/ Chappati with it. My mom used to make it quite often. After getting married I realized It is relished equally in my in laws house.

dry fruits for kheer

There is an old custom in our family. After marriage girls cook a special meal, their first preparation in kitchen, for their in-laws. Elders of family give them gifts as their blessings.

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Guess what? I and my SIL made Rice Kheer (Under my MIL’s guidance of course) for our first venture in kitchen. J

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My younger son ate all his yesterday meals with kheer (Or maybe I should say because of Kheer).


How to make Rice Kheer


Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 40-45 minutes


1 litre Milk (I have used full cream)
¼ cup short grain Basmati rice or Basmati tukda rice( Washed and soaked for 1 hour)
¼ cup sugar + 1/8 cup more if needed

¼ tsp cardamom powder (Elaichi powder)
A few strands of saffron
2 tbsp raisins

2 tbsp almonds (Soaked for 4-5 hours)
pistachio for garnish

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To make Rice Kheer


Take a thick bottomed pan with a little water (2 tbsp). Adding water to the pan before boiling milk reduces its chance of sticking to the bottom. Add milk to the pan and boil it. After it comes to boil add rice. Short grain rice are better for use in kheer as they get mixed uniformly resulting in a thick kheer.

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If you do not have them you can use long grain rice also. I use long grain Rice for Pulao, Meethe chawal and fried rice.

Soak saffron strands in 2 tbsp milk in a separate bowl.

After giving rice and milk mixture a boil reduce the flame to low and let it simmer for ½ hour. Rice kheer should always be cooked on low flame. It tastes much better this way and there is less chance of it sticking to the bottom of the pan. Keep on stirring in between.

After 30 minutes the kheer will be thick and rice grain would be very soft. Add sugar, cardamom powder, saffron and washed raisins to the mixture and give it another boil. Taste the kheer and adjust the sugar according to your taste. After 5 minutes Switch off the flame. Let the kheer cool.

Remove the skin of soaked almonds. Garnish Rice Kheer with pistachio and almond slivers. You can use almonds without soaking also. It’s as per your taste.

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You can serve it both ways- Hot or cold.  If you want to serve it cold keep it in fridge for 2-3 hours. I personally like cold kheer.


You can try my Phirni recipe also.
make phirni at home




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17 Responses to Rice Kheer

  1. Amar Kumar says:

    Hey Nidhi,

    Exotic Rice kheer! Its look delicious.

    Great to read your post and I’ve enjoyed it.

    Yes, Rice Kheer is a traditional and very popular sweet dish in India.

    Pics in your recipe is looking so delicious and marvelous that i can’t tell you.

    According to your method it looks so easy and effortless to prepare it.

    You know i am also fond of kheer, but i have never tried to prepare earlier.

    Many many Thanks for sharing your worthy post.

    Amar kumar

    With Best Regards.

  2. Rice kheer looks delicious
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  3. Patti says:

    Are both types of Basmati rice soaked for an hour?

  4. Sita says:

    Your recipe was easy to make and came out very good. Thanks

  5. Neetaad says:

    Lovely , the kheer was excellent . My visitors loved it to the core . Thank u

  6. Taneesha says:

    This rice kheer is so easy and tasty. Me and my brother really like it yummy . Yummy

  7. Pratibha says:

    Love Love Love the presentation of the kheer. Looks so beautiful! I am almost tempted to grab that bowl right now!
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  8. Food India says:

    I liked your recipes and especially photos how you utilized it into post really appreciate, Keep Posting Happy Read and try 🙂
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  9. veenashankar says:

    creamy and tempting dessert…. nice clicks.. Love to have a bowl
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