Rice Kheer
Rice Kheer
5 from 10 votes
Savour the sweetness of traditional Indian cuisine with our rice kheer recipe. Delightfully easy to whip up, this creamy dessert filled with nuts and raisins is a sure-fire way to impress any taste buds!
Rice Kheer

Rice Kheer, a delightful Indian rice pudding, holds a special place in many households and festivities. Originating from the Indian subcontinent, this creamy dessert is cherished for its comforting flavors and simplicity.

Despite its rich taste, creating Rice Kheer doesn’t require advanced culinary skills; it’s a recipe that warmly welcomes beginners into the world of cooking.

Traditionally served during festivals like Diwali or Holi, Rice Kheer embodies the essence of togetherness and celebration.

Its humble ingredients, primarily rice, milk, and sugar, come together to create a decadent treat that satisfies both the sweet tooth and the soul. The addition of raisins and nuts adds a delightful texture and flavor, elevating the dish to new heights.

Though its origins may be rooted in ancient culinary traditions, Rice Kheer remains a timeless dessert enjoyed by people of all ages. Its preparation, while simple, requires patience and attention to detail to achieve the perfect balance of creaminess and sweetness.

Expert Tip: Customize your Rice Kheer by adding your favorite nuts, such as cashews or walnuts, or flavorings like cardamom or saffron for a unique twist on this classic recipe.


Rice: Rice serves as the heart of this delectable dessert. Its starchiness adds a creamy texture to the kheer while absorbing the rich flavors of milk and sugar. Choose a medium-grain rice like basmati or any rice variety readily available in your pantry.

Milk: Milk forms the base of the kheer, providing a creamy and indulgent texture. The slow simmering of milk with rice allows the flavors to meld together, creating a luscious dessert that’s both comforting and satisfying.

Sugar: Sugar sweetens the kheer, balancing the natural nuttiness of rice and richness of milk. Adjust the amount of sugar according to your taste preferences, keeping in mind that the kheer will continue to sweeten as it cooks.

Salt: A small amount of salt enhances the overall flavor profile of the kheer, intensifying its sweetness and complementing the richness of the milk.

Raisins: Raisins add bursts of sweetness and chewiness to the kheer, offering delightful texture and contrast to the creamy rice pudding. Feel free to plump the raisins by soaking them in warm water before adding them to the kheer for a juicier bite.

Pistachios and Almonds: These nuts are used for garnishing the kheer, adding a crunchy texture and nutty flavor to each spoonful. Toast the nuts lightly before garnishing to enhance their aroma and crunchiness, elevating the visual appeal of the dish.

Expert Tip: Stir the kheer frequently while cooking to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan and to ensure even cooking.

Serving Suggestions

  • Enjoy Rice Kheer warm, straight from the stove, for a comforting dessert experience. The warmth of the kheer will envelop you in its creamy embrace, making it perfect for chilly evenings or after a hearty meal.
  • For a refreshing twist, chill the kheer in the refrigerator before serving. Cold Rice Kheer offers a delightful contrast to its creamy texture, making it a refreshing treat on hot summer days.
  • Garnish each serving of Rice Kheer with a sprinkle of chopped pistachios and almonds for added crunch and visual appeal. The vibrant green and earthy tones of the nuts beautifully complement the creamy white base of the kheer, making it an inviting sight for both the eyes and the palate.
  • Serve Rice Kheer alongside traditional Indian sweets like Gulab Jamun or Homemade Jalebi for a decadent dessert platter during festive occasions. The combination of different textures and flavors will delight your guests and leave them craving for more.
  • Pair Rice Kheer with a hot cup of masala chai or aromatic Indian coffee for a truly indulgent treat. The warm spices and robust flavors of the beverages perfectly complement the creamy sweetness of the kheer, creating a harmonious balance of flavors.

Expert Tip: Be patient while cooking the Rice Kheer. Slow and steady simmering allows the flavors to develop and the rice to become tender, resulting in a creamy and delicious dessert.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does Rice Kheer last in the refrigerator?

Rice Kheer can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Make sure to cool it completely before refrigerating to maintain its freshness.

Can I freeze Rice Kheer?

While Rice Kheer can be frozen, its texture may change slightly upon thawing. Freeze it in an airtight container for up to 1-2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating gently on the stove, stirring occasionally.

Can I use other types of rice for this recipe?

Yes, you can use different types of rice such as jasmine rice or short-grain rice. However, keep in mind that the texture and cooking time may vary slightly depending on the type of rice used.

Can I make Rice Kheer without sugar?

While sugar is traditionally used to sweeten Rice Kheer, you can substitute it with alternative sweeteners like honey or maple syrup according to your taste preferences. Adjust the quantity to achieve your desired level of sweetness.

Can I make Rice Kheer dairy-free?

Yes, you can make a dairy-free version of Rice Kheer using plant-based milk alternatives such as almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk. However, keep in mind that the flavor and texture may differ slightly from the traditional version.

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Rice Kheer

Rice Kheer

by Nabeela Kauser
Savour the sweetness of traditional Indian cuisine with our Rice Kheer recipe. Delightfully easy to whip up, this creamy dessert filled with nuts and raisins is a sure-fire way to impress any taste buds! 
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 6
Calories 314 kcal


  • 200 g Rice
  • 700 ml Water
  • 1 litre Milk
  • 100 g Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 50 g Raisins
  • Pistachios For garnishing
  • Almonds For garnishing


  • In a large pot add the water and bring to a gentle boil
  • Add the rice and allow it to gently simmer for 10-15 minutes on medium heat until the majority of the water has been absorbed
  • Add the milk and the sugar then cook for 10-15 minutes on medium heat ensuring that you stir every few minutes, so the rice does not stick to the pan
  • Add the raisons or chopped nuts of your preference then bring the milk to a boil then allow to simmer and thicken to your personal preference
  • Serve hot or cold and enjoy!



Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 314kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 8gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 463mgPotassium: 365mgFibre: 1gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 278IUVitamin C: 0.5mgVitamin D: 2µgCalcium: 227mgIron: 0.5mg
Keyword Cooking, Food, Indian, Indian Desserts, Recipe, Rice
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Latest comments (5)

Nabeela Kauser

5 stars
It brings flavour to the kheer. We don’t add too much so it becomes salty but just enough to enhance the taste. 🙂

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