Saffron Rice Kheer

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Creamy, Delicious saffron Rice kheer so easy to make and great for any occasion! This is the traditional classic Indian recipe but the variations are countless!

Saffron Rice Kheer is served in small mud pot

                                     Saffron Rice Kheer / Rice Pudding 

Saffron Rice Kheer / Rice pudding is one most popular Indian dessert made of rice, milk, nuts, saffron. “Kheer” it is the one basic and easy Indian dessert that we make for any occasions or celebration. It is usually served at the end of the meal.

There is a variety of kheer, the variations are totally endless. You can try my two favourite kheer recipes tender coconut kheer and paneer kheer which is always a huge hit at my home.

In the southern part of India, we call Rice kheer as Rice payasam. This can be served hot or chill.

What Rice best for making saffron rice kheer?

Usually, Basmati rice is used for making kheer, but you can also use any variety of rice. Always make sure you coarsely grind the rice so you get the desired kheer consistency.

Are rice kheer and Rice pudding are the same?

Yes! They are the same. You can add Keira water/ rose water to pudding. Rice pudding is always served chill.

Can I add dry fruits and nuts?

Of course, you can add any type of dry fruits and nuts can be added. You can roast the nuts in ghee for more flavours.

How to make sugar-free rice kheer?

You can add 10gms of sugar-free sweeteners.

Can I add jaggery for Rice kheer?

Yes, you can add jaggery. Make jaggery syrup and then mix in.

Should I have to soak rice prior to cooking?

Usually, the rice is soaked 15 mins to 30 mins prior to cooking. But you can also make without prior soaking. Just coarsely grind the rice and mix with water.

What causes thickening for rice kheer?

The starch in rice makes the kheer to thicken up, also to liquidfy if thickens, add milk and stir well.

Can I add khoya for rice kheer?

Yes, you can mix khoya. Add 2 tbs of khoya for this recipe. Adding khoya makes it richer and creamier.

Can I skip condensed milk?

Yes, of course, you can. Just double amount of sugar you need for this recipe and also keep stirring the milk until you get the desired consistency.

Adding condensed milk is a simple short-cut way to get a thickened milk, it also gives you sweetened taste and creamier rice kheer.

How to avoid lumpy Rice kheer/rice pudding?

You get lumpy rice kheer only if the amount of milk is less,  Once the rice is being cooked it tends to thicken up quickly so you need a required amount of milk. 

How long does the kheer last in the refrigerator?

Rice kheer can stay well in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

How to make Rice Kheer with step by step pictures:

ingredients to make rice kheer is taken in small glass bowls
These all the ingredients to make rice kheer
Milk is being heated up in deep sauce pan
Heat up a deep sauce pan, add milk and Bring to boil
Rice is added to blender
Meanwhile, add rice to a blender
coarsely pound rice is in blender
Grind it coarsely
Water is being added to blender that has rice
Add 1/4 cup of water and mix well
Rice is being added to milk boiled in sauce pan
Once the milk has come to boil, add rice
Boiling Milk in deep sauce pan is being stirred with wooden ladle
Keep stirring continously…
A bowl is sugar is being added to milk in sauce pan
Add some sugar
bowl of condensed milk is being poured to the boiling milk
Add some condensed milk
milk is being stirred using wooden ladle
Continue stirring for another 10 minutes, until the rice is well cooked
Cardamom powder is sprinkled over the boiling milk
Sprinkle cardamom powder
A spoon of rice kheer is taken in wooden ladle
This is the right consistency of the rice kheer

Few threads of saffron is added to rice kheer

Add saffron and quick stir. You can also add saffron mixed with 1/4 cup of milk and then mix. You will get a gorgeous mild yellow colour.

Keep in refrigerator  for 10 to 15 mins and Serve Chill. Rice pudding is ready to be served

Other Recipes you would like to try: 

Sticky Toffee Pudding 

Caramel Custard Recipe

Paneer Kheer

Tender cooconut Kheer

Carrot Halwa

Chettinad Kuzhi Paniyaram

Beetroot Halwa

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Saffron Rice Kheer


  • Author: Nithya Narasimhan
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x

Description

Creamy, Delicious saffron flavoured Rice kheer so easy to make and great for any occasion! This is the traditional classic Indian recipe but the variations are countless! 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 2 tbs rice
  • 3 tbs condensed milk
  • 4 tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • 4 to 5 threads saffron
  • 2 tbs Nuts

Instructions

  1. Heat up milk in deep heavy bottomed pan over a low-medium heat. Let it boil for sometimes.
  2. Coarsely Grind Rice in blender, add 1/4 cup of water and stir make sure there is no lumps.
  3. Once the milk comes to boil, add rice and stir for 5mins.
  4. Then add condensed milk and sugar, keep stirring for 10 mins.
  5. Slowly rice will be cooked and and eventually the kheer thickens up. Keep stirring..
  6. Sprinkle some cardmom powder and add few threads of saffron and chopped nuts.
  7. Turn off the heat.
  8. Let the saffron flavor and color gets infused in kheer.
  9. Serve warm
  10. Or you can keep the kheer in refrigerator for 10 to 15 mins and Serve chill.

Notes

1.What Rice best for making rice kheer?

Usually, Basmati rice is used for making kheer, but you can also use any variety of rice. Always make sure you coarsely grind the rice so you get the desired kheer consistency. 

2.Can I add dry fruits and nuts?

Of course, you can add any type of dry fruits and nuts can be added. You can roast the nuts in ghee for more flavours.

3. What causes thickening for rice kheer?

The starch in rice makes the kheer to thicken up, also to liquidity if thickens, add milk and stir well.

4. How to avoid lumpy Rice kheer?

You get lumpy rice kheer only if the amount of milk is less,  Once the rice is being cooked it tends to thicken up quickly so you need a required amount of milk. If the milk to less, it tends to become lumpy.

5.How long does the kheer last in the refrigerator?

Rice kheer can stay well in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

  • Category: Dessert, indian dessert, Snacks/sweet
  • Cuisine: Indian

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2 Comments

  1. Rupesh Rathore says:

    Delicious 😋 kheer recipe

    1. Nithya Narasimhan says:

      Thank You Rupesh.

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