Rice Kheer


I learnt to prepare Rice Kheer or Indian Rice Pudding from my brother-in-law after my marriage. He is a great cook and until my marriage, I had never tasted such delicious Rice Kheer or Pudding. Quite popular in Northern parts of India, Kheer is prepared during festive seasons or other special occasions.

Rice  Kheer
Rice Kheer

There are many variations of this dish. I prepare this the easy way by cooking the Rice with Milk in a pressure cooker, then having the cooked ingredients in a pan and adding the remaining Milk, Sugar with Kesar. I found a good variation of Rice Pudding in Chef in You blog that takes a little more effort and time. If you are not in a hurry, you can also try out the recipe explained there.


Rice Kheer Ingredients:

  • Jeera Rice – 1 cup
  • Milk – 1 litre
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Cashew nuts – 6-7
  • Raisins – 8-9
  • Ghee / Clarified Butter – 4 tsp
  • Kesar (Saffron) strands – 6

Preparation Time : 30 min

Rice Kheer
Rice Kheer

How To Make Rice Kheer:

1. Take a vessel, pour into it single cup of Jeera rice. Add 200 ml or 2 cups of milk into it. Place this in standard pressure cooker and leave it till you hear about 3 whistles.

2. Once the steam eases out from the pressure cooker, remove the vessel from the cooker to cool the rice.

3. Take a pan, add boiled Jeera rice and pour the remaining milk into it. Also add Sugar and Kesar strands. If you prefer, you may add fresh cream or Malai as well. Stir well till the quantity of the milk reduces. Ensure that the rice does not cook too much. The Kheer is almost ready now.

4. Take an additional frying pan, pour ghee, add raisins and cashew nuts. Fry until cashew nuts turn slightly golden in color. Add this ghee with the tempered nuts into the Kheer above.

Rice Kheer
Rice Kheer


  1. I have used Jeera rice here since the Kheer tastes lot better with it and the pleasant smell it emanates is ultimate. Jeera Rice is smaller in size than normal rice or basmati rice.
    Rice Kheer
    Rice Kheer
  2. One can use Basmati rice as well but my experience has been that it does not fetch the same taste as Kheer prepared with Jeera rice. Do not use plain rice; Kheer seldom tastes good with normal rice.


  1. Hi Hema

    What is jeera rice ? you said you prefer it to basmati or normal rice. is that a kind of rice that we get in Indian shops ? pls clarify.
    Kheer looks so delicious. I want to try this recipe.


    • Siri – Yes, I prefer the Jeera rice over Basmati but there is nothing stopping you from using Basmati rice for Kheer. When I was stationed in North, I remember using Basmati for Rice Kheer and it tasted really great. Here in Bangalore, I find Jeera Rice better for Kheer, Fried Rice etc. The Jeera Rice grain is about half the length of Basmati Rice grain and has a pleasant smell. They are available in departmental stores here in Bangalore. Can’t say whether they are available elsewhere here in India or abroad. Go ahead and use Basmati for Rice Kheer if you find a good quality one you like. Hope this helps.


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