Rice Pudding / Kheer – Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Kheer instant pot

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 Kheer made in the instant pot is a game changer. The best thing about this, no stirring and it is ready in less than 40 mins! Traditionally making kheer meant keeping milk and rice on the stove for 2 hours and stirring it frequently until the milk thickens and becomes creamy. With the Porridge setting in instant pot, the same thing happens, but you just dump all the ingredients and go your happy way to enjoy yourself!

As Diwali is approaching, I have been wanting to make some desserts that we can share with family and friends. Food, or rather desserts are integral part of Indian Diwali celebrations. You visit friends or have them over. But really, everywhere you go, you will find a table full of snacks and desserts laid out for you to enjoy. Oh, I love Diwali (how can a foodie not? 😉

This is going to be my dessert addition to Diwali potluck’s this year!

How to make Kheer in Instant Pot?

Kheer instant pot

This rice pudding is super easy with just adding all ingredients to the instant pot and setting it on porridge mode. The instant pot does it’s magic and perfect aromatic rice kheer is ready for you in 30 mins. If you have not tried kheer in instant pot yet, you just have to!

Here is a short video of how you can make rice kheer in the instant pot.

I hope you enjoy this easy and delicious rice pudding. Do share how it turned out!

Here is another dessert that you might enjoy – Carrot Pudding, Coconut Almond Laddoo.

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Rice Pudding / Kheer - Instant Pot
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

An Indian favorite dessert for special occasions - Rice pudding made with rice and milk infused with saffron, cardamom and assorted dried fruits. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6
Calories: 256 kcal
Author: Piping Pot Curry
Ingredients
  • 5 cups Milk whole
  • 1/2 cup White Rice preferably small or medium grain
  • 1/2 cup Sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 cup Roasted Mixed Nuts chopped or sliced (cashews, almonds, walnut, pistachios) (optional)
  • 1 tbsp Raisins (optional)
  • 1 tsp Cardamom powder (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp Saffron (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add everything in the instant pot. Close lid with vent in sealing position.  

  2. Set instant pot to PORRIDGE mode for 20 minutes. When instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally.

  3. Open Instant Pot and mix well. Rice pudding is ready. Serve warm or chilled.

  4. If needed, to get the desired consistency, cook on SAUTE mode for 2-3 mins. Or add more milk, mix and let it boil for a minute.  

Recipe Notes
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Pro tip:
    • When kheer is stored, it gets thicker and creamier. If you prefer, you can thin the consistency by adding more milk. 
    • If your family loves kheer, don't forget to double the recipe. We hardly have any leftovers with this quantity 😉  Same cooking time even if you double or triple the quantity. 
Nutrition Facts
Rice Pudding / Kheer - Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving
Calories 256 Calories from Fat 76
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.4g 13%
Saturated Fat 3.5g 18%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 67mg 3%
Potassium 300mg 9%
Dietary Fiber 0.9g 4%
Sugars 26.1g
Protein 7.4g 15%
Calcium 15%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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7 thoughts on “Rice Pudding / Kheer – Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

  1. I’m guessing this would also work in a pressure cooker. Going to try it anyway, since I haven’t decided yet whether to buy an instant pot. Is white sugar the ‘culturally appropriate’ sweetener or would molasses or molasses brown sugar (jaggery?) be more appropriate, at least in some areas of India? I might try agave nectar sometime also. I use it in my chai all the time now.
    I also learned (from someone who makes Chinese breakfast rice porridge often), that if you wash and then freeze your rice, it breaks up and turns into a porridge consistency very quickly.

    1. Hello Rachel…yes, you can make it in a regular pressure cooker. I would keep it for half the time, as I made this in the porridge mode which keeps the instant pot at a regulated lower temperature. Traditionally kheer was made in a pot on stovetop, keeping it at low flame for more than an hour to get the thick consistency.

      White sugar is what we typically use in India for Kheer. But jaggery or agave are great choices too, and might imparts a little different taste than sugar. But I am sure will still be delicious.

      I have not heard about the Chinese trick before, certainly sounds interesting. Let me know if you try it! Hope you enjoy the rice pudding.

      1. I finally got around to trying it. Very simple to do in the pressure cooker (I set it a bit above ‘rice’). I did end up leaving it uncovered to cook a bit longer, but I’ve got a nice consistency now- I think partly due to the frozen rice trick. As I ended up buying extra milk, I may experiment with the agave and maybe with some rose water. Some of the recipes call for it, but the first time I made some, I overdid it, so didn’t want to chance it this time. Thank you very much for the recipe.

        1. Yay…Glad you liked the rice pudding. It is wonderful when it is thick and creamy. This is a great versatile dish to try variations, do let me know how the rose water works!

  2. Looks so yummy! I’ve never had IP. I did not know that the MINI exist. It would be perfect for. Can’the wait to get it, and too cook this pudding. I even have a saffron! 😉 Thank you for sharing! Your baby is so cute!

      1. Instant Pot is perfect for such pudding’s. I was excited when I just threw in the ingredients and the result for this creamy delicious pudding. I hope you win the mini!
        (I don’t see the abracadabra anymore 🙂 )

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