Fruit & Nut Rice Kheer

October 22, 2014mayurisjikoni
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What is Kheer?

Kheer is a type of pudding from the Indian Sub Continent which is traditionally made from rice, milk, sugar and spices like cardamom, nutmeg, saffron and nuts. Adding spices depends from family to family or region to region. It is served for any festival, event, occasion, celebration. I’ve yet to come across anyone who doesn’t like kheer. Serve it hot or chilled. Depending on regions, kheer is known by different names payasa, payasam, phirni.

How is Fruit & Nut Rice Kheer Different?

Fruit and Nut Rice Kheer is not too different from the normal rice kheer. This kheer allows me to add loads of nuts and different fruits before serving it as a dessert.

Different Types of Kheer

While traditionally rice is used to make kheer, other grains like tapioca pearls, buckwheat, amaranth, vermicelli, paneer, millets, bulgar wheat, broken wheat, etc are used also.


What is Diwali?

Diwali is the festival of lights, the victory of good over evil. Read more about Diwali here. Diwali festivities are not the same as back in India. Diwali in India is so festive. Preparations begin months ahead, Diwali items for selling grace the shelves of every shop. Special offers in newspapers are more vivid than real news.

Diwali in Mombasa

Diwali in Kenya is not the same as in India. However, the Indian community in Mombasa, holds various functions to involve the Hindus during these auspicious days. Rangolis, creativity, fetes, competitions, firework displays, yummy food, poojas and havans. As soon as Navratri gets over everyone begins cleaning the house, getting sweets and savouries ready, shopping for gifts and new clothes.

Patel Samaj Diwali

Every year our community Patel Samaj holds a fete. There are various food stalls and games. Most of the people, Hindus and non Hindus come for the yummy food. Papdi no lot, Kachri bateta, Bhel, pani puri, sev puri, dosa, khichdi, pav bhaji,etc. Every year new varieties are added to the list. Everyone from the samaj or community tries to help in every way they can. Preparations for the Grand Deep Nagar Fete begins immediately after Navartri gets over. Other communities hold a dinner during the festive days for its members. Its the best place to meet and greet people as these days its not possible to go to everyone’s home to greet them.

Diwali Memories

Oh dear, as I am typing this, the power has gone… yes the reality of living in Kenya. Incidentally, cannot remember ever having a Diwali when the power has not gone. This morning I got all the ingredients ready to make Churma na ladwa for tomorrow and guess what, the power went away. How do I grind the nuts and sesame seeds? The only light at the moment is from the diyas and the computer 🙁

Decision to make Kheer

Anyway, lets get back to the recipe. Normally for Kali Chaudas which was today, we make doodh pak. This year I decided to make kheer. My daughter’s friend loves kheer and can finish bowlfuls of them in no time. When you look at him, he is as thin as a reed, that gets me wondering where all the kheer went! Any kheer and its his favourite. This Kali Chaudas decided to make rice kheer with loads of nuts and fruits instead of doodh pak.


Ingredients required to make Fruit &Nut Rice Kheer:

  • Rice – I have used white rice
  • Milk – dairy milk but for vegan version can replace it with any nut milk
  • Sugar – I’ve used refined sugar
  • Fresh Fruits – of your choice. I’ve used pomegranate and grapes. You can add mango, nectarine, banana, strawberries, bluueberries, etc.
  • Cardamom – powdered. Elachi powder.
  • Nutmeg – jaiphal. In the powder form
  • Saffron – kesar. Add to the hot kheer.
  • Raisins – optional but adds a lovely sweet bite to kheer.
  • Ghee – for roasting the rice. For vegan option can use oil or coconut oil.


Dietary Tips:

  • For a vegan version, replace dairy milk with vegan friendly milk and the ghee with oil.
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Satvik






Serve a simple rice kheer loaded with nuts and fresh fruit. Serve it as a dessert, really delicious and exotic.
5 from 18 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dessert, festival recipe, Indian Sweet
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 servings


  • ½ cup uncooked rice
  • 5 cups full fat milk
  • ¼ -⅓ cup sugar
  • ½ cup chopped mixed nuts lightly roasted
  • ½ cup chopped fresh grapes
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds optional
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • ½ tsp nutmeg powder
  • ¼ tsp saffron
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 2 tbsp raisins


  • Wash the rice till the water appears clear.
  • Let it soak in water for 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Drain out the water.
  • Heat ghee in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the rice and stir fry it for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the milk and let the rice cook in it.
  • Keep stirring frequently so that the rice and milk do not stick to the bottom of the pan..
  • Let the mixture simmer till the milk quantity becomes half and the rice is cooked completely.
  • Stir frequently and keep on scrapping the milk solids that form on the sides of the pan and put it into the simmering mixture.
  • This will take about 20 – 25 minutes.
  • Add sugar and raisins. Let it simmer for 3- 5 minutes. Remember to stir frequently. By now the mixture should be thick.
  • Take the pan off the heat. Add cardamom, nutmeg powders and saffron.
  • If you want hot kheer, add the fruits and nuts and serve.
  • If you want to serve the kheer cold, it let cool down and then keep in the fridge till needed.
  • Add the fruit and nuts and serve.


  • Add sugar according to your taste.
    I used a mixture of almonds, walnuts, pistachios and cashew nuts.
    Use any other fruit of your choice like chikoo, fresh figs, berries, mango, fresh peaches, nectarines etc.
    If the mixture becomes too thick on cooling, add a bit more milk and mix.
Keyword how to make a fruit and nut kheer, how to make rice kheer

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  • beena stephen

    October 23, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Happy Diwali . Yummy kheer

  • Hema

    October 28, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Delicious kheer..

  • Bless my food by Payal

    September 26, 2020 at 10:18 am

    5 stars
    So far only custard was meant to made with fresh fruits but using fruits in Rice kheer is something very special and unique. Would love to try this version someday.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 26, 2020 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks Shailender, I think it all depends on how one looks at it. Like when we make doodh pak and basundi, I remember my mum and aunts would always add pomegranate or grapes both exotic fruits back then. As these days mostly people love to enjoy kheer as a dessert rather than with the meal, I add lots of fruits to them.

      1. Lata Lala

        October 1, 2020 at 4:38 pm

        5 stars
        Fruits and nuts kheer recipe sounds quite interesting Mayuri. We add dry nuts but you have shared a healthy and fab idea to add them in kheer too.
        Lovely share.

      2. mayurisjikoni

        October 1, 2020 at 7:38 pm

        Thank you so much Lata, adding fruit makes it more appealing and yes healthier too.

  • hem lata srivastava

    September 26, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    5 stars
    I Usually make kheer with nuts but never tried it with fruits. Looks so delicious, adding nutmeg must give it nice aroma.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 26, 2020 at 6:50 pm

      Thank you so much Hem Lata. Try it, adding fruit makes it so much more delicious.

  • Archana

    September 26, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    5 stars
    Were you by chance talking about me when you said your friend likes kheer? Okay, I am not as thin as I used to be and hence you can see where it is. I don’t blame him the kheer looks absolutely delicious naturally it will get over. In fact, I can sit in the bowl just so that I get it all.
    The kheer is yum Mayuri. Absolutely love the pics.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 9, 2020 at 9:12 pm

      Heeheee! Archana I didn’t know you like kheer so much. Thank you so much for the lovely comment.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    September 27, 2020 at 1:35 am

    5 stars
    So far I have only tried apple kheer. I like the idea of mixed fruit and nut kheer. Looks colourful also and we can serve it with a variety of fruits. Perfect for any festive season or a party. Presentation is superb as always

  • Shubhangi

    September 28, 2020 at 1:38 am

    Rice Kheer looks absolutely delicious.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 28, 2020 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you so much Shubhangi.

  • Rinku Bhattacharya

    September 28, 2020 at 3:21 am

    5 stars
    Love this idea, great way to use up fresh fruits and it looks so pretty.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 28, 2020 at 5:22 pm

      Thank you so much Rinku.

  • Azlin Bloor

    September 28, 2020 at 10:27 am

    5 stars
    Such a delicious recipe, Mayuri, kheer is one of those childhood foods that always remind me of my nani. Comfort food at its best!
    I can’t even imagine what it’s like to have those regular power cuts, must be a very frustrating experience for you, especially since you’re a blogger and need to work on the computer.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 28, 2020 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you so much Azlin. Frequent power cuts are a nightmare so need to work on the computer whenever I can. No last minute work! That is also the main reason I shy away from doing live cooking shows.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    September 28, 2020 at 10:31 am

    5 stars
    This kheer is one of the favourites at home. It is looking so delish with all the nuts.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 28, 2020 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks Jayashree so am guessing you do add fresh fruits to it. Isn’t it yummy?

  • Kalyani

    September 28, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    5 stars
    such delicious bowls of kheer there… I am loving it a lot 🙂 fruits in kheer is new to me, so I will be checking this out again during Diwali 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 28, 2020 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks Kalyani, generally when guests come home to greet us they don’t want ghee laden ladoos and other sweet dishes. A small serving of this kheer with fruits is what they find appealing.

  • Superduper kitchen

    September 28, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    5 stars
    Though I have made rice kheer n number of times, with and without nuts, never thought about adding fruits into it. The photos made me to think about fruit custard. These pics looks so inviting and tempts one to grab and have one bowl. Like always, thoroughly enjoyed reading about Diwali in your community and that powercut ..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 28, 2020 at 5:16 pm

      Thank you so much Niranjana. We often add fruits to make it into a delectable dessert.

  • Preethicuisine

    September 29, 2020 at 3:00 am

    5 stars
    Fruit and nut Kheer looks irresistible. Awesome clicks too. Something different from the usual Kheer recipe. I have added this recipe to my list of Kheer recipes. Perfect for any festive occasion.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 29, 2020 at 6:18 pm

      Thank you so much, yes the fruit topping with nuts makes it very festive. Please do try the recipe.

  • Lathiya

    September 29, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    5 stars
    This sounds like an interesting variety of kheer I can try. Never tried fruits in the kheer. Will be trying it soon for the festive season.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 30, 2020 at 2:33 pm

      Thanks Lathiya. Makes it a bit healthier too as you need less of the kheer.

  • Usha Rao

    September 30, 2020 at 4:33 am

    5 stars
    Those bowls of kheer are so tempting. Fruit topping is a really nice idea. It is good to know how Diwali is celebrated in Mombasa.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 30, 2020 at 2:33 pm

      Thank you so much Usha.

  • Malini

    September 30, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    5 stars
    All those three bowls look so delicious Ji. I love it. Rice kheer is a simple dish but making it right consistency gives that flavor. Toppings can take this to another level. I loved the way you plated it. It’s more inviting. I wish I could grab a bowl from the screen 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 30, 2020 at 2:29 pm

      Thank you so much Malini. I don’t like very runny kheer, and as you said consistency is important.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    October 1, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    5 stars
    Mayuri, give me a bowl of kheer anytime and I will happily eat it all day. I love the rice kheer the best and you have made it a fusion by adding fruits in the recipe. Love this idea and I will try this soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 1, 2020 at 7:37 pm

      Thank you so much Sandhya. Please do try the recipe, best for the upcoming festivities.

  • Uma

    October 2, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    5 stars
    Your combo of rice kheer with fruits and nuts sounds really delicious. The perfect treat to Diwali. Next time when making rice kheer I will add fruits too 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 2, 2020 at 10:41 pm

      Thank you so much Uma, and enjoy whenever you try kheer with fruit.

  • Padma Veeranki

    October 2, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    5 stars
    I’m such a kheer addict…always ready for a bowl of kheer!! I love rice kheer the best and I do add nuts but I’m always sceptical about adding fruits to it..But this delicious kheer is tempting me to try with fruits soon!! Awesome share!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 3, 2020 at 4:16 pm

      Thank you so much Padma. Go on try the kheer topped with fruits, its delicious.

  • Sapana Behl

    October 3, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    5 stars
    We love adding lots of dried fruits and nuts in our kheer but never used pomegranate pearls though. They must have tasted so refreshing and delicious with that rich and creamy kheer.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 3, 2020 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks Sapana, just a different way to serve the humble kheer.

  • Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey

    October 3, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    I love to enjoy kheer loaded with nuts, along with poori and fresh fruit one after a meal. Such a humble dessert that never will go out of fashion.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 3, 2020 at 4:14 pm

      Thanks Jagruti. We occasionally do enjoy kheer with nuts with puri but most of the time my family loves to enjoy it as a dessert with fruits.

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