Kheer is a very popular Indian dessert. It’s easy, quick, and basically a beginner’s dish for lazy cooks like me! Also, you can totally make this when you have unexpected guests over although, it does require some cooking time. Here’s an easy way to create this Indian rice pudding where I will tell you exactly how to make rice kheer with condensed milk (or without)
Kheer is very important in Indian culture and is either made with rice or semolina (check our Sooji ki Kheer recipe here). We call it Mutanjan at home and honestly, I don’t know how that name came about.
However, here’s an interesting backstory. Some households follow an age-old tradition of making Indian rice kheer as the first dish in a new kitchen. Some newlywed brides are also “tested” on their kheer making skills! Thankfully, we don’t follow that tradition but I know that I would have aced it 😛
Let’s get started on the best rice kheer recipe ever!
First, the recipe calls for the usage of Condensed Milk. It is not a hard and fast rule, as you know, I always give alternatives to all recipes simply because you use a recipe and adapt to make your own version. If you want to make this recipe for rice kheer with condensed milk, click here to order it now.
If not, scroll below as I also tell how to make rice pudding with leftover rice recipe and rice pudding Indian recipe without condensed milk.
Best Rice for Kheer
The best rice for making kheer is basmati rice. I have tried making kheer with other variants of rice and found the texture different. Some types made the rice lumpy and the consistency of the rice pudding will not be even.
If you are searching for a rice pudding cooked rice recipe, then I have good news for you! This is a rice pudding leftover rice recipe that can be made using 1 cup of leftover rice. Just reduce the water in the pressure cooker to 1 cup instead of 3 cups and keep all ingredients the same.
I also have a savory alternative for leftover rice that you can use for making Lemon Rice.
Rice Kheer Recipe in Pressure Cooker
Start by soaking the uncooked rice in water for a good half an hour. Then, heat a pressure cooker and add rice, water, and milk in the required measurements along with saffron and cardamom pods. I like to keep this simple as you don’t want too many flavors competing against each other. Either choose saffron or rose water is also good.
Close the lid of the pressure cooker and let the rice cook and form a porridge type consistency. This should take about 15-20 minutes of your time.
Let the pressure cooker let off steam and then add your sweeteners. This is a recipe of rice kheer with milkmaid/ condensed milk but I will show you below on how to substitute if you don’t want to use this ingredient.
How to Make Rice Kheer with Condensed Milk
Indian Rice Pudding/ Mutanjan Kheer Recipe
- Pressure Cooker
- 1 cup rice
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup sugar
- 3 cups water
- 200 g condensed milk
- ¼ cup almonds blanched, peeled, and chopped (optional)
- 2 cardamoms
- fried nuts for garnish
- In a bowl, soak the uncooked rice in water for about 20 minutes
- Heat a pressure cooker on low flame and add 3 cups of water, soaked rice, milk, cardamom, and saffron and cook it for about 15 minutes
- Open the pressure cooker and add sugar and condensed milk and give it a stir
- Let it cook for about 5-10 minutes
- Add blanched, peeled, and chopped almonds and mix well. This step is optional
- Garnish with fried nuts and serve hot or cold
Other alternatives for condensed milk in rice kheer recipe: To skip condensed milk, you can add 1 1/2 cups of sugar and thicken the kheer by adding about 1/2 cup of evaporated milk. Since I order my groceries online now, I buy this online too. Click here to check the price.
For more flavoring, you can also add a teaspoon of rose water. This is an invention that came in later and isn’t from the original rice kheer condensed milk recipe so I haven’t included it above.
To make rice kheer for babies, cut the sugar and condensed milk. Add a little honey to their bowl according to preference.
Recipe for Indian Rice Pudding Instant Pot:
This recipe of rice kheer is super easy to make in an electric pressure cooker too. It doesn’t get easier than this, I tell you! Follow the instant pot Indian rice pudding below using the same ingredients mentioned:
- In a bowl, soak the rice in 1 cup of water for about 20 minutes
- Switch on your electric pressure cooker
- In the smart pot, add water, rice, milk, cardamom, and saffron and close the lid
- Set the instant pot on porridge setting with high pressure for 15 minutes
- After the timer goes off, carefully release the steam and open the lid
- Choose the sauté option, add sugar and condensed milk and cook for 15 minutes until you can see the kheer bubbling
- Let the kheer thicken and add chopped almonds into the kheer. This step is optional
- Garnish with fried nuts and serve to your liking
This Rice Kheer recipe in pressure cooker is extremely easy for those who own a traditional pressure cooker or an electric one. Since most of you have asked, I will soon try to put up a comparison post on both these appliances. I personally use a Nutricook Smart Pot. Check the price here or check here for a range of electric pressure cookers.
For now, to check what we mostly use, check our shop page.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the Nutricook on US Amazon, but here are some alternatives:
How to Serve Kheer/ Rice Pudding?
Our family has very different tastes when it comes to eating this simple kheer rice. I like it warm, while my husband prefers to freeze it a bit and have it like ice cream! Dad, on the other hand, loves it topped with nuts and raisins, while mom prefers it just the blended almonds.
There are various ways you can serve rice pudding kheer. But, one thing is for sure, your guests and family will love it! 😀
Do you have a version of kheer you prepare at home? We’d love to see your creations here or by tagging us on Instagram through DM!
Signing off! xx
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