Kheer/Pal Payasam (Indian Rice Pudding)

By DK on Oct 14, 2009
How to make Kheer ( Indian Rice Pudding Recipe)
Just like Halloween is unthinkable without Pumpkins, so is an Indian festival without this Kheer. "Kheer" in Hindi denotes sweet pudding commonly referring to Rice Pudding. Although there exists myriad varieties, this rice pudding rules the roost. You might even call it the King of the Indian sweet puddings. Any celebration, any traditional function and what more, even for day to day entertaining this Rice pudding finds its way into the menu. It is also known as "Pal Payasam" in the South of India - "Pal" denotes milk and "Payasam" is for Pudding.
How to make Kheer ( Indian Rice Pudding Recipe)
Unlike most of its counterparts, this is one Indian sweet which is very simple and easy to make. In fact bringing out the richness and elegance with simplistic of ingredients is what makes it numero uno in my opinion. The slow cooking of the milk along with rice creates that delicious thick rich flavor. Though it takes time to prepare, there exists multitude of quick versions which make life so simple. If you have say only 20 or so minutes and you need to make this sweet, then simply pressure cook rice with milk for 2-3 whistles (takes about 10 minutes in small pressure cooker). Now pour this in another saucepan, add condensed milk, sugar and nuts. There you have it :)
How to make Kheer ( Indian Rice Pudding Recipe)
But try the following method at least once. Its totally worth it if you have never made it. This is most loved pudding in my family and especially my father is a die-hard fan of this sweet. I could not help but miss him terribly while making it in my kitchen miles away! You can make it as sweet you want. I prefer very mild sweet hence added only 2-3 tbsp but you can add more if you want to. My recipe is in no way different from many of them available on the net although I use short grained / medium grained rice. I think this is more suited than the Basmati rice which is asked for in many recipes.
Basic Information
Prep Time: Under 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min to 1 hour
Serves: 2 people
  • 1/4 cup short/medium grained rice
  • 4 cups whole milk (go for low fat only if absolutely necessary)
  • sugar to taste - I used 3 tbsp ( 1/4- 1/2 cup should be enough )
  • pinch of saffron
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1-2 tbsp nuts ( I used almonds, pistachios and cashews)
  • 4-5 raisins (or more if you like it)
  • 1 tsp Ghee (preferred more than butter)
In a saucepan, heat the ghee. Add the chopped nuts along with raisins. Set aside when raisins get plump and nuts turn reddish brown.
How to make Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding Recipe)
In the same pan, roast the rice for 2-3 minutes in low heat.
How to make Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding Recipe)
Now add the milk. Increase the heat to med-high and let it come to a boil
How to make Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding Recipe)
Give it an occasional stir so that the milk does not stick to the bottom. Non stick pan works great for this. Also take care not to let the milk burn. Even a little burn spoils the milk. Add sugar and give it a stir.
How to make Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding Recipe)
Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the milk has reduced in half. Keep stirring often. You know its done when the milk has reduced and also the rice has cooked and is soft (not mushy). This process takes approximately 20-30minutes.
How to make Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding Recipe)
Add rest of the ingredients - saffron, cardamom and half of the roasted nuts.
How to make Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding Recipe)
Give it a stir until combined and serve garnished with the remaining nuts.
How to make Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding Recipe)
You can serve it hot or cold. How to make Kheer ( Indian Rice Pudding Recipe) The pudding thickens with time - you can rectify it by adding more warm milk to it. How to make Kheer ( Indian Rice Pudding Recipe)
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99 Responses to “Kheer/Pal Payasam (Indian Rice Pudding)”
  1. neha negi

    i am to make this kheer….
    i love puddings

  2. Parul

    Very delicious recipe. Really like the nuts warmed in ghee- they give a very nice taste to the kheer. I made this recipe for Vaibhav Lakshmi Vrat & all the guests loved it . Many had second helpings & took it home ! I had 15 guests and made it from 1 cup rice , 1 gallon milk ( 16 cups whole milk ) , 2 cups sugar , 1 tspn elaichi & nuts., saffron. Agree with you about short grain being more appropriate than basmati for this recipe . Thanks for sharing !

  3. savi

    gonna cook it in the mornin fo my fiance…my first dish fo him…fingers crossed !!

  4. afsana

    mashallah…bht khoob…
    aapki receipe bht khoobsurat

  5. afsana

    yum!yummy…i m loving it

  6. Alok

    I’m tried its very delicious thanku for sharing these lovely recipe

  7. Teju

    :wink: i tried ths receipe. my god what a lovly taste… thnx for sharng ths receipe….yummy

  8. imtiaz
  9. Jaswinder

    I like this recipe and made it!
    My family member love it.

  10. It was very niceeeeeeee :-x

  11. saista
  12. realy its very very nice… :roll:

  13. Amit

    Mine came out with a bitterish aftertaste. Managed to spoil such a seemingly simple recipe! :cry:

  14. farah

    this recipe is better than others i’ve tried. i prepared it as dessert for family dinner, and it was wiped out in no time. thanks for sharing your recipe.

  15. raashi

    :-D wow good recipe…. and tasty….

  16. pari

    m nwly married my husband kissed my hnds wn he ate kheer md by me

  17. Nitesh

    I love to learn new stuff thank u for the such easy method of kheer shall make by coming weekend

  18. mukarram
  19. Darshan

    I made it Punjabi way. Rest of the method is same but take basmati rice 1/8th part of milk and sugar also 1/8th part of milk. Rice is not required to be fried. put in milk while it is boiling and there will be no lumps. Put nuts while switching of heat.

  20. Priya

    I tried this on my last weekend. Taste was awesome and very easy to prepare. :-P

  21. Salma

    :-D I made this today and my hubby loved it… Will be making it on many more occasions xxx

  22. Priya

    I will try this weekend. Thanks for this receipe. :wink:

  23. neha

    please mansion quantity of sugar.

  24. m.s.rani

    it is very good recipe and teasty :-P

  25. harika

    :) it very nice.i prepared family members also likes it.thanks for ur nice recipe.

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