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rice kheer/pudding served in a copper bowl with cardamom pods on side
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Instant Pot Rice Kheer/Pudding Recipe

Instant Pot Rice Kheer is a delicious, creamy Indian style rice pudding made with rice, milk and sugar and infused with saffron, cardamom and topped with dried fruits.
Course Dessert, sweets
Cuisine Indian
Keyword easy, gluten-free, indian, instant pot, rice kheer, rice pudding, vegetarian
Diet Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Method Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker, Stovetop
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 243kcal
Author Bhavana Patil


Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250 ml

  • 5 cups milk (full fat) (Or almond milk if vegan)
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup basmati rice (Or any medium grain white rice, rinsed)
  • ½ cup sugar adjust to taste
  • ¼ cup almonds sliced
  • 2 tablespoon pistachios chopped
  • a pinch saffron (soaked in 1 tablespoon of warm milk ,optional)
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder


Instant Pot Method:

  • Sanitize the Instant Pot parts well before making the sweet dish.
  • Press the SAUTE and add 1⁄4 cup water to the pot. Once the water begins to steam or boil, pour the milk into the pot. *Do not skip this step as this prevents the milk from scorching the bottom of the pot.
  • Next add rinsed rice in the instant pot. Stir well. Close the lid with valve position to ‘Sealing’.
  • Press Porridge button for 20 minutes on high pressure. Once the pot beeps, allow Natural Pressure Release.
  • Open the lid and using the back of your ladle or potato masher, mash the rice a bit which makes pudding naturally creamy. This step is optional.
    Press ‘SAUTE’ again and then add sugar, almonds, pistachios, cardamom powder, saffron milk and mix it well.
  • Boil it for another 2-3 minutes or until kheer thickens. Stir Continuously
  • Rice Kheer/Pudding is Ready. Let it cool, it will thicken as it stands. Serve hot or chilled.

Stovetop Pressure Cooker Method:

  • If you are making below mentioned quantity use a larger pressure cooker just to avoid spilling of the milk. Follow the same recipe. Pressure cook the kheer in medium flame for three to four whistles.


I have prepared this dish in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO60 6 QT

Variations & Tips:

  1. Can replace sugar with jaggery or brown sugar.
  2. If you don't have cardamom, replace with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  3. I highly recommend adding sugar or jaggery after the pressure cooking, sometimes impurities in the sugar can curdle the milk and spoil.
  4. To make the kheer more rich you can add condensed milk after the pressure cooking and adjust sugar quantity accordingly.
  5. Sanitize the Instant Pot steel insert, lid and sealing ring before making sweet to avoid curdling of milk. I always keep an extra sealing ring for sweets separately.
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


Calories: 243kcal | Protein: 7.3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 300mg | Sugar: 26g | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 1.2mg