Rice Pudding | Kheer in Instant Pot

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Rice Pudding is one of the most popular desserts in many cuisines around the world.  It is known as Kheer in northern India.  Indian rice pudding or Kheer is made by cooking rice with milk and sugar, and is enhanced by cardamom or saffron, and dried fruits and nuts like cashews, almonds, pistachios and raisins.

There are many variations and names of this sweet treat all over India.  It can also be made with broken wheat, tapioca or vermicelli.  Kheer is often made during festive occasions and as an offering during prayer ceremonies.

Another popular rice pudding is the Spanish/Latin American rice pudding dessert called Arroz Con Leche, which literally translates to ‘rice with milk’.  In this post, I included both: the Indian rice pudding recipe and the Spanish or Mexican rice pudding recipe.  these delicious classics.  Hope you enjoy them both!

60 Variations Around the World:

Rice puddings are found in nearly every area of the world.  There are variations in recipes based on cooking methods and list of ingredients, but rice (or a similar starch) and milk seem to be the common ones in most.  According to Wikipedia, there are close to 60 variations of Rice Puddings around the world.

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Arroz Con Leche: Spanish or Mexican Rice Pudding

Arroz Con Leche, literally translates to ‘Rice (Arroz) with Milk (Leche)’.  My kids introduced me to this wonderful dessert.  My daughters had to make a traditional Latin American dish for their Spanish class at school, and one of them opted to make Arroz Con Leche.  She came home with a recipe, and that’s when I realized, how similar it is to the Indian rice pudding, Kheer.   My daughter’s rice pudding got rave reviews at school and we added another great recipe to our family favorites!  If you want to try it, I’ve added that recipe too!

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Dairy-Free & Nut-Free Alternative:

This recipe can be made dairy-free by substituting milk with unsweetened, regular Almond milk, or full-fat coconut milk.  I’ve tried using low-fat coconut milk, but it just doesn’t taste creamy and smooth like it should.  I have observed that whenever I make kheer with almond milk, I do end up adding 1-2 tablespoons of extra sugar.  There is also a textural difference when you make it with almond milk since it doesn’t have as much fat as regular milk.  So, the rice pudding is not as rich as the regular one.  If you want to make it  nut-free, use regular milk, and skip the nuts in the recipe.

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Coming back to the Kheer recipe.  I like to flavor mine with freshly ground cardamom.  If you don’t like the black specs in it, you can use the store bought version, which is much lighter.  Also, you can use raisins, coconut and even saffron to enhance your rice pudding.  So, if your version is different than mine, simply use this recipe as a guideline and do your magic.

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Rice Pudding-Kheer in Instant Pot is a Game Changer

Till I bought my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot, I used to make Kheer on the stove-top. It would take me around 30-40 minutes (depending on quantity), but I had to babysit the pot. I had  to adjust temperature, keep stirring, make sure the milk doesn’t boil over. Definitely worth it, but why do that when you can have a hands-free option!

Until now, I believed that dairy has a tendency to curdle under high and fluctuating pressure, which is how many stove-top pressure cookers operate.  But the Instant Potis different. The Porridge mode allows you to cook at a consistent and even temperature- no changes in pressure till the cooking is done.  So now, I can fill the pot with the ingredients, give it a stir, and set a timer on Porridge mode and forget about it! That’s a huge win for me.

How to Prevent the ‘Burn’ message:

My Mom’s Tip :

In order to ensure that the milk doesn’t stick/burn at the bottom of the pan, start by adding 1/4 cup water and then add the milk. Don’t ask me how, but this trick works every single time.

My Tip :

By turning the Saute mode on initially, the milks gets tempered, which means, it warms a bit before we close the lid for pressure cooking. This prevents the milk from curdling. Also, starting with a super clean pot also ensures that. So, wipe your inner pot clean to make sure nothing from the last meal is still sticking to it.

Stove-Top Recipe:

If you were making this rice pudding recipe on the stove-top, I’d suggest a heavy bottom sauce pot like this one: Non-Stick Sauce Pan.

  1. I start by adding the milk, give it a few minutes to warm up and then add rinsed and drained rice and nuts. Keep the heat at medium-high and stir intermittently, till the milk reaches a boil.
  2. Turn down the heat on medium and stir till rice get cooked.
  3. Add sugar and stir till sugar dissolves. You can mash the rice a little using a Potato Masher– it gives a good texture to the Kheer.
  4. Turn off the flame till you reach the right texture for how you like your Kheer. I personally, don’t like to thicken it a lot, because it will naturally thicken as it cools down. If it’s too thick, add more milk and adjust the sugar accordingly. Finish by sprinkling in some cardamom powder and enjoy warm or cold!

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Here are some other Indian desserts that I love to make and my family really enjoys.

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Gajar ka Halwa
Deep Fried Gujiya, by Spice Cravings. Deep Fried Gujiya, or Milk Fudge Turnovers, are a popular dessert made in the northern part of India around the festivals of Holi and Diwali. It is a deep-fried sweet dumpling that is made by stuffing pastry dough with sweetened milk fudge (khoya), chopped nuts and coconut flakes and is glazed with a thick sugar syrup. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie
Deep Fried Gujiya
Baked Gujiya by Spice Cravings. Gujiya, or Milk Fudge Turnovers, are a popular dessert made in the northern part of India around the festivals of Holi and Diwali. This recipe is an oven baked version of the traditional deep fried gujiya, which is a sweet dumpling that is made by stuffing pastry dough with sweetened milk fudge (khoya), chopped nuts and coconut flakes and is glazed with a thick sugar syrup. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie
Baked Gujiya
Almond spice cookies- eggless almond spice cookies, Almond Nankhatai by Spice Cravings. This healthy version of Nankhatai or Almond Spice Cookies uses mixes in whole wheat flour, and almond flour with the all purpose flour & a bunch of spices. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian
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Rice Pudding-Kheer in Instant Pot by Spice Cravings. Rice Pudding-Kheer is a popular dessert from the northern Indian cuisine made by cooking rice with milk and sugar, enhanced by cardamom or saffron. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty
Rice Pudding | Kheer in Instant Pot
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Rice Pudding / Kheer is a popular dessert from the northern Indian cuisine made by cooking rice with milk and sugar, enhanced by cardamom or saffron.  

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian, Mexican
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 449 kcal
Author: Spice Cravings
Ingredients
Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 cups 2% milk : Whole milk is ok too. Or almond milk, unsweetened reg or Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar or to taste
  • 1/3 cup assorted chopped nuts : I use Slivered Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios(skip for nut-free)
  • 1/2 cup Basmati Rice or any white rice you have on hand
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cardamom : to be added after cooking
Some optional ingredients (to be added before pressure cooking)
Arroz Con Leche (Latin American Rice Pudding)
Instructions
  1. Prep: Rinse rice 2-3 times or till water runs clear. Soak in water till you arrange everything together. Chop nuts to your liking. Crush cardamom if using fresh.
  2. Turn on Instant pot to Saute Mode. Add 1/4 cup water. Now add the milk. This prevents the milk from scorching the bottom of the pan. Add drained rice, sugar, nuts and give it a light stir. Hit cancel. Set instant pot to Porridge mode for 20 minutes. Valve set to Sealing Mode. Let the pressure release naturally for at least 15 minutes (NPR 15).
  3. Open the lid. You can mash the rice a little using a Potato Masher- it gives a creamy texture to the Kheer. Add ground cardamom and stir. Kheer is ready to eat. You can enjoy this warm or cold!
Note
  1. If the Kheer is thin for your liking, you can cook of the milk by turning on the SAUTE mode. But remember, that it will thicken quit a bit as it cools. If Kheer is too thick for you, you can add more milk to it and cook it till the milk boils. Remember to add more sugar in that case.

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Recipe Notes

If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.

 

Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition Facts
Rice Pudding | Kheer in Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving
Calories 449 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 152mg 6%
Potassium 538mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 76g 25%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 49g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 6.4%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 40.2%
Iron 3.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Dipalee
    February 1, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Hi Aneesha.. I am a newbie and hence a bit confused. I wish to make sevai kheer in my 3qt mini IP. Are these measurements and time settings for a mini IP? I looked through your site but did not find an altered recipe for a 3qt IP. I am quite worried about the quantity of milk and it spilling over.

    • Reply
      aneeshasg
      February 1, 2018 at 12:51 pm

      Hi Dipalee, This recipe for rice kheer needs 4 cups of milk. It can be made in a 3 Qt too. To test that, fill your 3Qt with 4 cups water and you’ll see it is way below the half-way mark. I don’t think it should be a problem. I always recommend warming the milk and adding the initial water so that the milk doesn’t burn or curdle. Hope this helps.

  • Reply
    Elizabeth
    April 26, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Hello Aneesha,
    Thank you for the Kheer recipe! I have a 6 qt IP and I would like to double your recipe to serve 8. I will double each ingredient. Do I double the cooking time on “porridge” as well or slightly increase it? What do you suggest?
    Regards,
    Elizabeth

    • Reply
      aneeshasg
      April 26, 2018 at 3:49 pm

      Hi Elizabeth, cooking time stays the same- 20 mins on Porridge mode. Hope you enjoy it! Thanks, Aneesha

  • Reply
    Lakshmi S
    April 26, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    Thank you Aneesha for the recipe!!! Loved it! And thank you Elizabeth for the question- having 20 people over this Saturday! Had similar question :).

    • Reply
      aneeshasg
      April 26, 2018 at 9:49 pm

      You’re welcome Lakshmi! So glad you enjoyed this recipe. Kheer in IP is a game change for entertaining. I used to dread making kheer for a large crowd, but now it’s the easiest dessert I can make:-)

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