Kheer or Payasam is an Indian favorite dessert for special occasions. It is basically rice pudding made with rice and milk infused with saffron, cardamom, and assorted dried fruits. This recipe is a variation to use brown rice in this favorite dessert made in the Instant Pot.

Brown Rice Pudding Kheer Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
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As I mentioned in my (white) Rice Kheer recipe, using the instant pot to make kheer is a game changer.  There is no stirring the kheer for an hour or two while it cooks. Just add in all the ingredients and push the porridge button. Come back to delicious kheer ready in 45 minutes. Since I posted the white rice kheer recipe, I got multiple request for a brown rice kheer recipe, which is preferred for health reasons by some people.

Watch How to Make Brown Rice Pudding / Kheer – Instant Pot

How to make Brown Rice Kheer in Instant Pot?

This recipe is very similar to the rice kheer, the two main differences are – Less milk as brown rice fluff less than white rice and more cooking time.

I rinsed and soaked the brown rice for 2 hours. Then cooked them with all the ingredients for 30 minutes in porridge mode and let the pressure release naturally.

Brown Rice Pudding Kheer Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Ingredients

Some folks have had disappointments with kheer in the instant pot, as the milk has curdled. Hence the foremost step in this recipe is to clean the instant pot, lid and sealing ring thoroughly. If you do keep separate sealing rings for sweet and savory foods, do use the one for sweets before making kheer.

Brown Rice Pudding Kheer Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Here are other desserts made in the instant pot that you might enjoy:

  • Carrot Pudding – Carrot Kheer is made with carrots, milk, cashews, and dates, with the added aroma of cardamom & saffron. A delicious & satisfying dessert, with no added sugar.
  • Coconut Almond Laddoo – A quick sweet recipe that can be made in just 20 minutes for any occasion.
  • Sabudana Kheer – This gluten-free Sabudana pudding is made with tapioca pearls and milk in an instant pot.
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Brown Rice Pudding / Kheer – Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

An Indian favorite dessert for special occasions – Kheer made with brown rice and milk infused with saffron, cardamom and assorted dried fruits. 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6



  • Sanitize the instant pot thoroughly – the steel insert, lid and sealing ring. If you have an extra sealing ring for sweet foods, use it. 
  • Add everything in the instant pot. Close lid with vent in sealing position.
  • Set instant pot to PORRIDGE mode for 30 minutes. When instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally.
  • Open Instant Pot and mix well. The pudding would have a thinner consistency at this time. It will thicken as it cools.
  • Rice Pudding or Kheer is ready. Serve warm or chilled. 



  • If you don’t have already roasted nuts. Add 1 tbsp of ghee in the instant pot and saute the nuts for about a minute. Then follow the recipe. 
  • When kheer is stored, it gets thicker and creamier. If you prefer, you can thin the consistency by adding more milk. 
  • This recipe was created in a 6qt Instant Pot DUO60 Multi-use Pressure Cooker. I do not recommend making this in a 3qt or doubling the recipe in a 6qt, as the milk boils and can come out. 
  • Variations: 
    • Add cinnamon powder and vanilla essence to get a different flavor. 
    • You can use brown sugar instead of white sugar, based on your preference. 


Calories: 231kcalCarbohydrates: 31.2gProtein: 7.5gFat: 9.2gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 85mgPotassium: 90mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17.2gCalcium: 160mgIron: 0.5mg

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten-free, Vegetarian
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I hope you enjoy this easy and delicious rice pudding. Do share how it turned out!

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About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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  1. This was so easy and was the best tasting rice pudd ive ever had.
    It was very liquidy immediately after cooking, but thickened up beautifully in the fridge overnight. I didn’t have the nuts and used Cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch of Cardamom for spices. So glad I found this recipe, thank you Meeta.

    1. Hi Kala – You can add jaggery, but I would suggest to add it after pressure cooking. You can grate the jaggery or use powdered jaggery. Hope you enjoy the kheer!

  2. I made this today. Turned out really yummy. Thanks. I just has to put it on saute mode for a about 10-15 mins for it to thicken.

  3. I was excited to find a recipe that was for both an instant pot and brown rice for rice pudding. It was very tasty and good but unfortunately, did not thicken. I attribute this to using 2% milk instead of whole milk as that’s what I had on hand. Not sure if I will try it again since it was not the best way to eat (and drink) rice pudding.

    1. Sorry the recipe did not work well. I would suggest to cook the pudding on saute (low) for some time if it has not thickened.

  4. Can you make this with a non-dairy milk? It looks fabulous, but we just found out my son can’t have dairy any more…

    1. Hello Kristen – Thanks! I have seen many posts where people have said they make similar pudding with almond milk and it is great. So you could give it a try and do let me know how you like it.

  5. Hi Meeta,
    Just made brown basmati rice kheer following your recipe, perfect, thick and delicious.
    Only change I did was 1 cup rice, 6 cups whole milk + 2 cups carnation evaporated milk.
    Thank you,

    1. Hey Raj – Glad to hear you enjoyed the kheer with brown rice. Great adjustments. I was glad my hubby did not even realize that the kheer was made with brown rice until I told him πŸ™‚