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12 Best Rice Kheer (Payasam) Recipes You Are Going To Love

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12 Best Rice Kheer (Payasam) Recipes You Are Going To Love August 31, 2018

Rice kheer (rice pudding) is an all-time fav of millions. The sweet, nutty, and creamy texture and the taste of well-cooked rice kheer can entice the five senses, toss you up in the sky with pure ecstasy, and make you experience what we foodies call it – foodgasm!

The word ‘kheer’ originates from the Sanskrit word “Ksheera,” meaning milk. This traditional, yummy and aromatic dessert is also known as Payasam, Payesh, Khiri, Paays, Payos, Payasa, and Kiru in various parts of India.

In this article, I am going to share the best 12 yummy and quick rice kheer recipes with you. From the traditional to the low-cal version – you and your guests are going to love them all. Take a look!

15 Delicious Rice Kheer Recipes

1. Rice Kheer With Condensed Milk

1. Rice Kheer With Condensed Milk Pinit

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Prep Time: 30 mins; Cooking Time: 30 mins; Total Time: 1 hour Serves: 2

Ingredients
  • 50 g soaked rice
  • 1 tin sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 liter milk
  • A pinch of elaichi (cardamom) powder
  • Cashews and raisins
How To Prepare
  1. Pour the milk into a pot and heat it.
  2. Add the soaked rice and cook until the rice becomes soft.
  3. Add the condensed milk and cook for 7 minutes.
  4. Add the cardamom powder and mix well.
  5. Transfer it to a bowl.
  6. Top it with cashew nuts and raisins.

2. Coconut Kheer

2. Coconut Kheer Pinit

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Prep Time: 5 mins; Cooking Time: 45 mins; Total Time: 50 mins; Serves: 3

Ingredients
  • ½ cup soaked rice
  • ½ cup grated coconut
  • 3 cups milk
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • A pinch of cinnamon powder
  • Raisins
How To Prepare
  1. Add the milk to a pot and bring it to a boil.
  2. Add the rice, grated coconut (save some for garnishing later), white sugar, and cardamom to the milk.
  3. Cook it on low flame for about 30 minutes.
  4. In another pan, heat the ghee and fry the raisins.
  5. Transfer the rice kheer to three bowls and top it with raisins and grated coconut.

3. Rice Kheer With Jaggery

3. Rice Kheer With Jaggery Pinit

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Prep Time: 30 mins; Cooking Time: 1 hour; Total Time: 1 hour 30 mins; Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • ½ cup soaked rice
  • 4 cups milk
  • ¾ cup powdered jaggery
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 2 tablespoons of ghee
  • Cashew nuts and raisins
  • Saffron strands
How To Prepare
  1. Bring the milk to a boil and add the rice. Cook until the rice is soft.
  2. In another pan, heat the ghee and sauté the cashew nuts.
  3. Add the cardamom powder and powdered jaggery to the rice and milk pot.
  4. Stir well and combine. Take it off the flame.
  5. Let it cool for about 10 minutes.
  6. Add the sautéed cashews and top it with saffron strands.

4. Kesar Di Kheer

4. Kesar Di Kheer Pinit

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Prep Time: 15 mins; Cooking Time: 1 hour; Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins; Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • ½ cup basmati rice
  • 1 ½ liters full-fat milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • A generous pinch of saffron strands
  • ¼ cup grated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios
How To Prepare
  1. Soak the saffron or kesar strands in the milk for 30 minutes.
  2. Add the milk to a heavy bottom pan and bring it to a boil.
  3. Add the rice and cook it.
  4. Reduce the flame and add sugar, coconut, and cardamom. Stir well and cook for about 7 minutes.
  5. Remove from the flame and garnish with chopped pistachios and saffron strands.

5. Low Fat Rice Kheer

5. Low Fat Rice Kheer Pinit

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Prep Time: 15 mins; Cooking Time: 1 hour; Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins; Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • ½ cup soaked rice
  • 1 liter low-fat milk
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • A pinch of cardamom powder
  • 2-3 cardamom pods
  • Rose petals
How To Prepare
  1. Heat the milk and add the soaked rice.
  2. Cook until the rice is completely cooked.
  3. Add the brown sugar and cardamom powder.
  4. Stir and cook over low flame for about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and let it cool down for 10 minutes.
  6. Garnish with cardamom pods and rose petals.

6. Chocolate Rice Kheer

6. Chocolate Rice Kheer Pinit

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Prep Time: 15 mins; Cooking Time: 25 mins; Total Time: 40 mins; Serves: 3

Ingredients
  • ½ cup soaked Basmati rice
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons drinking chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • Chocolate shavings
  • Chopped almonds and pistachios
How To Prepare
  1. Bring the milk to a boil and add the cocoa powder and drinking chocolate to it.
  2. Stir and mix well.
  3. Add the soaked rice.
  4. Cook until the rice is soft.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare your serving bowls or cups by adding a thick layer of chocolate syrup.
  6. Take the rice kheer off the flame and let it cool for about 10 minutes.
  7. Add 2-3 tablespoons of rice kheer in each bowl or glass.
  8. Garnish with chopped almond and pistachios and chocolate shavings.

7. Sugar-Free Rice Kheer

7. Sugar-Free Rice Kheer Pinit

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Prep Time: 30 mins; Cooking Time: 30 mins; Total Time: 1 hour; Serves: 2

Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup rice
  • ½ liter milk
  • 4-5 drops of Sugar Free
  • Pinch of cardamom powder
  • 2-4 raspberries
How To Prepare
  1. Soak the rice in a cup of water for half an hour.
  2. Strain and keep it aside.
  3. Heat the milk in a pot and add the rice.
  4. Cover and cook over low flame until the rice is soft.
  5. Add the cardamom powder and Sugar Free, stir well, and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Take it off the flame and let it cool for 15 minutes.
  7. Serve it in a bowl and top it with 2-3 raspberries.

8. Mango Rice Kheer

8. Mango Rice Kheer Pinit

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Prep Time: 5 mins; Cooking Time: 30 mins; Total Time: 35 mins; Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • ½ cup Basmati rice
  • ½ cup mango puree
  • A few strands of saffron
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons of sugar, if required
  • Chopped mango and slivered almonds for garnish
How To Prepare
  1. Use a food processor to pulse the Basmati rice.
  2. Heat the milk and add the pulsed Basmati rice.
  3. Cover and cook over low flame until the rice becomes soft.
  4. Add sugar, saffron, and cardamom powder and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Take the pot off the flame and let it cool down.
  6. Add a tablespoon of mango puree and stir well.
  7. Add two tablespoons of the mango puree to each serving bowl or glass.
  8. Top it with the mango rice kheer.
  9. Garnish with chopped mangoes and slivered almonds.
  10. Cool it in the refrigerator for better taste.

9. Phirni Rice Kheer

9. Phirni Rice Kheer Pinit

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Prep Time: 5 mins; Cooking Time: 25 mins; Total Time: 30 mins; Serves: 3

Ingredients
  • ½ cup Basmati rice
  • 1 liter milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 6 green cardamoms
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped almonds and pistachios
  • A pinch of saffron
  • A few drops of edible rose water
How to Prepare
  1. Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes.
  2. Drain the water completely and pat the grains dry.
  3. Add the rice to a food processor and blend it into a coarse powder.
  4. Heat the milk in a pot.
  5. Take a tablespoon of milk from the pot and toss it in a small bowl.
  6. Add the saffron strands, stir and keep it aside.
  7. Once the milk comes to a boil, add the ground rice.
  8. Keep stirring every 2 minutes to prevent lumps.
  9. While the rice is cooking, use a mortar and pestle to grind the cardamom pods coarsely.
  10. Add the cardamom and saffron milk and stir. Cook until the consistency is thick.
  11. Take the phirni off the flame and let it cool for 5 minutes.
  12. Add the rose water and give it a final stir.
  13. Serve it in a bowl and garnish with chopped almonds and pistachios.

10. Rice Kheer In A Pressure Cooker

10. Rice Kheer In A Pressure Cooker Pinit

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Prep Time: 5 mins; Cooking Time: 20 mins; Total Time: 45 mins; Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • ½ cup Basmati rice
  • 1 ½ liters milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • ¼ cup water
  • Green apple slices
  • A pinch of cinnamon powder
  • Crushed almonds
How To Prepare
  1. Add milk, water, and sugar in the pressure cooker.
  2. Stir and let the mixture come to a boil.
  3. Add the cardamom, nutmeg, and rice. Close the lid, put it on high flame, and wait for it to whistle once.
  4. Simmer it down and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from the flame and let it cool down.
  6. Open the lid and let the kheer cool down a bit more.
  7. Serve it in a bowl or glass.
  8. Top it with crushed almonds, some cinnamon powder, and apple slices.

11. Sanjeev Kapoor Strawberry Rice Kheer

11. Sanjeev Kapoor Strawberry Rice Kheer Pinit

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Prep Time: 20 mins; Cooking Time: 30 mins; Total Time: 50 mins; Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • 15 strawberries
  • ½ cup Basmati rice, soaked and ground
  • 1 liter milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 green cardamom pods
  • Chopped almonds and pistachios
  • Silver warq for garnish
How To Prepare
  1. Pulse the strawberry in a food processor.
  2. Add the milk to a pot and bring it to a boil.
  3. In the meanwhile, add the strawberry to another pan. Add some sugar and stir and cook until the sugar is completely incorporated.
  4. Add this mixture to the milk.
  5. Add the rice and let it cook for 15-20 minutes over low flame.
  6. Crush the cardamom pods and add it to the pot.
  7. Stir and cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Take it off the heat and let it cool down for 10 minutes.
  9. Serve it in a bowl.
  10. Garnish with chopped almonds, pistachios, and silver warq.
  11. Chill in the refrigerator before eating.

12. Microwave Rice Kheer

12. Microwave Rice Kheer Pinit

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Prep Time: 5 mins; Cooking Time: 16 mins; Total Time: 21 mins; Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • ½ cup Basmati rice
  • 1 liter milk
  • 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (if required)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cornflour
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • Cashew and raisins for garnish
How To Prepare
  1. Wash the rice and drain the water.
  2. Add the rice to a microwave safe bowl.
  3. Add water to it and microwave at high for 7-8 minutes.
  4. Take the bowl out and use the back of a spoon to mash the rice a little.
  5. Add the milk and microwave for 3 minutes.
  6. Add the condensed milk and sugar and microwave for 2 minutes.
  7. While that’s happening, mix the cornflour with 3 tablespoons of water and cardamom powder.
  8. Add it to the bowl and microwave for 3 minutes.
  9. Take it out and let it cool for 10 minutes.
  10. Garnish with cashew and raisins.

So, you see, you can use different ingredients and cooking methods to create and emphasize on different flavors each time. And that’s why you will never get bored of making and eating rice pudding or rice kheer.

Also, when you make it at home, you are assured of the quality of this dessert and will be able to regulate the amount of sugar you consume. Go ahead and make these recipes and enjoy them on a soothing Sunday afternoon or after a stressful weekday. Cheers!

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