Kheer Rice Pudding | A Traditional Indian Dessert Recipe

If you’re in the mood for a fast, easy, and totally delicious dessert, you’re going to love this Kheer recipe. It has all of the authentic flavors you would expect from a traditional Kheer in a fraction of the time.

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In an attempt to be more efficient, I decided to try my hand at a is a fusion Kheer. A traditional kheer recipe is laborious, but it also uses basmati rice and milk that is painstakingly reduced over a low flame.

I, on the other hand, am impatient, and what’s more important, I had leftover coconut milk from making Korma so I had to come up with some use for it.

Why You’re Going To LOVE This Kheer Recipe

  • Fast. Have dessert ready to eat in less than 30 minutes.
  • Easy. Kheer is a simple pour and cook recipe your whole family will love.
  • Delicious. Sweet, creamy, and yummy served hot or cold. What more could you ask for?
  • Authentic tasting. While the method I used to make this Kheer recipe isn’t exactly authentic, the flavors are absolutely all there in this Indian dish.

What Does Kheer Taste Like?

One of the reasons I love kheer so much is because of the mellow, yet complex flavors you will enjoy with every bite. It is creamy and sweet, but not overly sweet as many dessert recipes can be.

What Are The Major Ingredients Of Kheer?

A basic Kheer is made with three main ingredients. They are rice, milk, and sugar. However, I like to add my own twist to almost every recipe I get my hands on. So, here’s what you’ll need to make my Kheer recipe:

Can This Kheer Recipe Be Made Dairy-Free?

Yes. What I love the most about rice pudding is how you can easily turn it into a dairy-free recipe by omitting the evaporated milk. Simply substitute the evaporated milk with oat milk or another thick, non-dairy milk.

How To Make Kheer

  1. Place Aborio rice, evaporated milk, half the can of coconut milk, water, sugar, raisins, cashew, cardamom, and saffron into the Instant Pot.
  2. Close the lid and press PRESSURE COOK. Cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 20 minutes. Allow the pot to rest undisturbed for 10 minutes and then release all remaining pressure.
  3. When you open the pot, you’ll see a little bit of curdling, don’t worry about this. Mix everything together well.
  4. Add in remaining coconut milk and stir well. At this point, the saffron strands should start to yield their color as well., so the milk is going to take on a creamy texture as well as a creamy color.

How Do You Thicken Kheer?

When you cook the coconut milk under pressure, it will begin to slightly separate. This will cause the Kheer to become thicker.

As you stir the rice pudding together, this will incorporate the coconut milk back into the pudding that has separated and the flavor will be unchanged but the pudding will remain thick.

Do Eat Kheer Hot Or Cold?

You can eat it either way. Kheer is delicious hot or cold. Most people adjust the temperature to complement what the temperature is outside.

If it’s hot, I prefer a refreshing cool rice pudding. When it’s cold outside, a warm kheer is a nice treat to warm up with.

Can You Freeze Rice Pudding?

You CAN freeze rice pudding. However, I can’t say I’ve ever had any leftovers to want to try it myself.

If you want to freeze your kheer, store in a freezer-safe container in a thin layer. For the best results, date the container and eat within three months.

Want More Rice Pudding Recipes?

If you love rice pudding, I have several other recipes you should try!

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Kheer Rice Pudding

Use your Instant Pot to make this Delicious Dairy Free Kheer Rice pudding. Enjoy all of the authentic flavors of rice pudding without all of the time and effort.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Course: Desserts

Cuisine: Indian

Keyword: Black Rice Pudding, Kheer Recipe, Kheer Rice Pudding

Servings: 8

Calories: 309kcal

Author: Urvashi Pitre

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place Aborio rice, evaporated milk, half the can of coconut milk, water, sugar, raisins, cashew, cardamom and saffron into the Instant Pot.

  • Close the lid and press PRESSURE COOK. Cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 20 minutes. Allow the pot to rest undisturbed for 10 minutes and then release all remaining pressure.

  • When you open the pot, you’ll see a little bit of curdling, don’t worry about this. Mix everything together well.

  • Add in remaining coconut milk and stir well. At this point, the saffron strands should start to yield their color as well., so the milk is going to take on a creamy texture as well as a creamy color.

  • Serve hot or chilled.

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Nutrition

Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g

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Originally Published March 19, 2021

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