Chawal Ki Kheer/Indian Rice Pudding Recipe

Chawal ki kheer is an age-old traditional Indian pudding prepared with three basic ingredients-milk, rice and sugar.The addition of crushed green cardamoms instills a subtle aroma in the pudding. The combination of these humble ingredients along with few dry fruits results in a mouth-melting pudding. The milk is simmered, stirred till it thickens and each grain of rice is perfectly cooked. The right condensation of the milk and natural starch of the rice gives the kheer its creamy texture.

I have so many childhood memories associated with this sweet dish. We used to have bowl full of kheer on every other auspicious occasions ;). I have learned this recipe from my mother with few of my own additions. Let’s start how to prepare kheer in few simple steps.

Rice kheer
Cuisine: Indian

Recipe Type: Desserts

Author: Rateka

Prep Time: 10 mins

Soak Time: 1/2 hr

Cook Time: 40-45 mins

Serve: 6


  • 1 Ltr milk (Preferred full fat)
  • 1/2 cup broken basmati rice
  • 1-2 cup sugar or to taste
  • 1 tsp ghee/clarified butter
  • 1 tbsp green cardamom powder
  • 10-12 sliced almonds
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 10-12 roughly chopped cashews
  • 1 tbsp chironji/charoli


  • Wash and soak the rice in enough water for 30 minutes.
  • Take a heavy bottom pan, add milk and let it come to a boil. Now reduce the heat to medium and let it boil.
  • On the other hand, drain the rice in a colander.
  • Take another wide and heavy bottom pan, add ghee, once hot, add rice and saute for few mins till rice grains are slightly golden in color.
  • Carefully add warm milk to this pan. Stir to combine well and let it simmer on low flame and let the rice get cooked. Keep stirring occasionally.
  • Add raisins, chironji and cardamom powder and mix gently.
  • Once rice is 70-80% cooked, add sugar and mix well. Keep scrapping the sides of the pan as it adds layer of cream into the kheer.
  • Once the rice is cooked and the kheer is thickened, is the signal your kheer is ready.
  • Add sliced almonds and cashews. Stir to combine and turn off the heat.
  • Serve this scrumptious kheer warm or chilled and garnish with dry fruits and a pinch of cardamom powder. Enjoy :)!!


  • If you don’t have broken basmati rice handy, soak regular basmati rice, drain out the water and slightly crush the soaked rice with your hands, they will break easily.
  • Use heavy bottom pan.
  • You can replace sugar with sugar-free.
  • You can also use fat-free milk, taste will slightly differ and take little more time for thickening.


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