Red Rice Kheer

June 12, 2018mayurisjikoni



Next week I’m traveling to Canada to visit my son. Excited? Yes. Have I started packing? No. I know last minute I’m going to be running around like a headless chicken. I need to put away the spices, grains, flours, lentils everything in the fridge. I hate this part. The weather here is so humid that food gets spoilt within a month in not stored in the fridge. I need to still make a few goodies to take for him. I need to pack. I was joking with hubby dear that he might as well convert one of the bedrooms into a cold storage. Oh well, let me just relax for a bit and blog!

My son in law loves kheer. He’s never too full when it comes to kheer. Once I asked him what type of kheer was his favorite and he said any. Whenever he comes down to Bangalore when we’re there, kheer is on the menu. I usually make a bit more so he can enjoy it the next day too. When I was making this kheer with red rice I was wondering whether he would like this kheer. Well, the only way to find out is to make it for him when I see him next.

My third choice for kheer was an avocado kheer. (Check out the other two kheers I’ve made, carrot and coconut kheer and makhana and dry fruit kheer). However, I’m not sure how the avocado color and taste would turn out after cooking it with milk. Maybe will experiment some other day. I usually plan pretty well for the BM themes, but this time, today’s kheer was like made today! So there was option of taking a risk.

Ever since I made red rice porridge for the BM breakfast theme, I’d wanted to make kheer or pudding with it. So avocado was pushed aside and in came red rice. Red rice  usually takes a long time to cook, so I pressured cooked it. Though it does not become soft or mushy like the white rice, it’s soft enough to enjoy a bite with each spoonful and not forgetting the pleasant earthy taste you get from the rice and jaggery along with the flavors of the spices added.

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Serves 3-4

¼ –  ⅓ cup red rice

2½ cups milk

½ cup water

4 tbsp fresh cream

¼ –  ⅓ cup jaggery powder

½ tsp cardamom powder

¼ tsp nutmeg powder

1 tbsp raisins

1 tbsp ghee

2 tbsp chopped nuts like cashew nuts, pistachios and almonds

a few strands of saffron

  1. Wash the red rice and soak it in the measured water for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Add the rice along with the water and 1 cup milk into a pressure cooker.
  3. Cook on medium heat for 2 whistles.
  4. Let the pressure reduce and then open the lid.
  5. Heat ghee in a saucepan over low heat.
  6. Add the chopped nuts and fry them for a few minutes.
  7. Remove them using a slotted spoon and keep on the side till required.
  8. Add the cooked rice into the pan along with the liquid and remaining milk.
  9. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat.
  10. Reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for 5-7 minutes or till it becomes thick.
  11. Add fresh cream and jaggery powder.
  12. Mix well. Let it simmer for 3-4 minutes and stir it frequently.
  13. Add the raisins, saffron, nuts, cardamom and nutmeg powder.
  14. Mix well and serve hot or cold. If you want to serve it cold, transfer the kheer into a glass bowl and keep it in the fridge till its time to serve it.



  • You can cook the rice in a pan along with the milk and water, the cooking time will increase. Remember to stir if often.
  • Add nuts and spices of your choice.
  • Can replace the jaggery with other sweeteners.


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You may want to check out the following rice desserts:

Gulkand phirni


doodh pak


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fruit and nut kheer


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  • Varada

    June 13, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Red rice is a very interesting choice for kheer. For someone like me who is not fond of mushy kheer this would be perfect.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 13, 2018 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks Varada, try it you may love it.

  • Kalyani

    June 13, 2018 at 8:54 am

    wow ! we are floored with your kheer varieties. This red rice must be so rustic 🙂 lucky Son In law :)) make us some and send too – I have tasted pal payasam with red rice so I know this is utterly delicious

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 13, 2018 at 9:45 pm

      Kalyani thank you and wish I could send some over.

  • Srivalli Jetti

    June 13, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Wow this is surely a different combination for the kheer…enjoy your trip and click loads of food pics!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 13, 2018 at 9:44 pm

      Thanks Srivalli, will definitely try as sometimes the food disappears faster than the time it takes to click 😉

    2. simplytadka2

      June 16, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      Never work with red rice… look so inviting…

      1. mayurisjikoni

        June 17, 2018 at 9:25 pm

        Thanks Preeti.

  • Priya Suresh

    June 13, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Red rice kheer looks absolutely delicious with fabulous texture. How creamy its looks.. I love to dish out kheer with red rice as well..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 13, 2018 at 9:43 pm

      Thank you Priya, I made it for the first time and loved it.

  • Harini

    June 14, 2018 at 6:34 am

    I haven’t used red rice so far and so cannot imagine the texture. But it is an interesting variety to use for kheer.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 14, 2018 at 10:02 am

      Red rice has a nutty kind of taste and the texture is like white but will not get mushy.

  • Catherine Brown

    June 14, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Mmmm, I love red rice! Black rice too. I’ve never heard of this dish though, but it looks outstanding! and I agree, red rice has such a wonderful nutty texture! Hoping to try this soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 14, 2018 at 10:58 pm

      Thanks Catherine, its just like rice pudding but with red rice.

  • theresa

    June 14, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    I would love to taste this

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 14, 2018 at 10:59 pm

      Wish I could pass a bowl to you.

  • lunenburgmama

    June 15, 2018 at 5:22 am

    I’ve never had kheer. This makes me want to try it and this recipe is a perfect place to start.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 15, 2018 at 8:23 pm

      Please do try, if you like rice pudding then you’ll like this one too.

  • Jenni (@GingeredWhisk)

    June 15, 2018 at 5:40 am

    Oooooh, I am never too full for kheer! Making it with red rice is a great idea!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 15, 2018 at 8:23 pm

      Thank you so much Jenni.

  • gayathriraani

    June 15, 2018 at 6:04 am

    Adding red rice in kheer is quite brilliant. The colour of the kheer looks so good and it surely looks fabulous..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 15, 2018 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks Gayathri.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    June 15, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Delicious kheer .. red rice is indeed healthy.. does it take a long time to cook..I must try too.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 15, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      Thanks Shobha, it does but I soaked it for a while. You could even pressure cook it.

  • zingijournal

    June 15, 2018 at 11:16 am

    I recently bought some red rice but haven’t used it yet so I think I must try this. The flavors sound oh so comforting! 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 15, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      Thank you, do try it, you’ll like it and then probably think of adding ingredients that you like.

  • Whisk It Real Gud Food Blog

    June 15, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    I grew up eating rice pudding but it was the southern type of rice pudding. I have not tried your version out but since I am a rice pudding lover I will put yours on my to do list. The ingredients sound great. I bet it’s full of flavor!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 15, 2018 at 8:18 pm

      Thank you so much, its pretty easy to make and yes its very flavorful.

  • mydeliciousmeals

    June 15, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Sounds interesting, have never tried kheer before. But I like puddings, so I’m sure I would like this. Thanks for sharing!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 15, 2018 at 8:16 pm

      Thank you.

  • Jacqui DeBono

    June 15, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    I have to confess I have never eaten kheer but this looks and sounds delicious. I’d love to try making it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 15, 2018 at 8:16 pm

      Jacqueline if you’ve made rice pudding then this is similar, its called kheer in India. Try it, as its a delicious dessert.

  • Nicole Hood

    June 17, 2018 at 1:25 am

    What a delicious dessert! I have had red rice before and loved it but kheer is new to me. I bet avocado kheer is delicious too!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 17, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks Nicole. Kheer is the Indian name for rice pudding. I’ve yet to try an avocado kheer.

  • Pavani

    June 17, 2018 at 2:24 am

    I’m drooling looking at that yummy red rice kheer. I love rice kheer and your red rice version sound just amazing. I would LOVE to make this some time.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 17, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks Pavani, please do try it.. its delicious.

  • themadscientistskitchen

    June 17, 2018 at 7:39 am

    Amazingly delicious! I love sweets and kheer is one of my favourites. Red rice kheer is awesome for parties.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 17, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks Archana.

  • jayashreetrao

    June 17, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    I should try making with red rice, never thought of making. It looks delicious.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 17, 2018 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks Jayashree.

  • Annapurnaz

    June 17, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    I have no idea of red or black rice as have not seen yet, but one thing is sure the pics show that the kheer must be very delicious

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 17, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      Thank you Ritu, red rice is often available in health shops and I’ve seen it some grocery shops in India.

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    June 17, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Red rice and jaggery makes it so healthy. rice has imparted lovely colour

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 17, 2018 at 9:21 pm

      Thank you Renu.

  • Ruchisvegkitchen

    June 17, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    The use of Red rice is purely attention holder. Wonderful share dear. Looks lovely. Definitely would love try

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 18, 2018 at 8:02 pm

      Thank you so much Ruchi.

  • chefmireille

    June 18, 2018 at 9:16 am

    love the color achieved by the use of the red rice

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 18, 2018 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks Mireille.

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