Kesari Rice Kheer Recipe, How to make Chawal ki Kheer | Saffron Flavored Rice Pudding

One Pot Easy Dessert | Gluten free Indian Rice Pudding | Saffron Kheer - It is a traditional and creamy Indian rice pudding cooked with rice, milk, sugar and it is spiced with cardamom, saffron or lots of dry fruits. It is so simple to make and taste delectable. It is of the right consistency, not too sweet and just perfect on its own.

Kheer is very popular dessert throughout India. It is called by different names across India – Kheer in North and West India, Payasam in South India and Payesh in East India.. Although the names are different, but the cooking technique is quite similar.

In every Indian kitchen, rice kheer is often made for an auspicious occassion or a pooja, it could also be a festive occasion like Diwali, Ganesha chaturthi,holi or a religious ceremony conducted in our home or simply make them for any celebrations and enjoy them. The appearance is satisfying and flavors too are rich, creamy and yummy.

Cardamom is the most common spice used in Kheer. Saffron may be added if affordable and if the occasion is special enough. 

You can use endless variations of nuts into kheer like pistachios, dates and figs as per your taste, my family like almonds and raisins most so I used these two nuts only.

This is really a such a comfort food. Rice based sweet dishes are very popular from ancient times, as rice was staple grain, available in most households. 

At our home this rice kheer is must for any small or big occasions, festivals or pooja !! 

This is one of our all family favorite pudding..So made this kheer on my baby Aarush 1st birthday [on 5th march] as a bhog(prasad). 
Prasad - Chole-Poori with Saffron Kheer
Saffron also known as kesar in Hindi and kesar has some healthy benefits also it contains many minerals such as cooper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.

This kheer is perfect for any occassions...make them and enjoy with your family & friends.

You can even try end number of traditional Indian sweets on my blog like
Saffron Sweet Rice
Moong Dal Halwa 
sooji halwa,  
motichoor ladoo
rava kesari,  
besan ladoo,
meethi seviyan and many more.....

Here is a delicious Kesari Kheer recipe for all....

Prep time - 10 Minutes
Cook time - 1 Hour 10 Minutes
Total time - 1 Hour 20 Minutes
Cuisine    - Indian
Serves - 4 to 5 person

Ingredients :
Whole Milk – 1 litre
Basmati Rice – 1/4 Cup (Washed and Soaked In Water For 15 min Hour)
Sugar – 5 tablespoons Or as per your taste
Raisins - 1 tablespoon (Soaked In Water For 10-15 mins)
Almonds – 2 tablespoon (Washed and Chopped)
Green Cardamom pods, peel removed and the seeds powdered - 2 pods
Saffron Strands – A pinch of strands

Preparation Method :
1. In a thick bottomed pan, bring the milk to a simmer. Constantly stir to prevent sticking at the bottom of the pan.

2. Add rice and let it come to a boil and then lower the heat of the burner to minimum and gently simmer until the rice is soft, cooked and the grains are starting to break up.

3. In a small soak Saffron strands with 1 tbsp of warm milk and add it to the milk, and let it boil for 10 minutes.

4. When the rice is cooked and milk is reduced almost to half, add sugar, cardamom powder with skin(skin is optional, if you don't like then just add cardamom powder)

almonds and the raisins, and simmer for about five more minutes, while constantly stirring to dissolve the sugar completely.

5. Remove from heat and set aside.

6. Serve warm or chilled, as preferred. Garnish with more nuts before serving, to make it even more decadent.

Special Note :-

* During the entire time, keep the heat to very low and stir very frequently to keep the rice and the milk from sticking to the pan and from keeping the rice from clumping. This could take as long as 45 minutes to an hour.

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Happy Cooking & Enjoy !!


  1. Perfect for the festival season.. Yummy kheer with rice and saffron..

  2. Looks mouthwatering and super tasty! Beautiful share :)

  3. This kheer is a must during the festival times. Yours looks so creamy!! Nice clicks..

  4. Perfectly made n just right for the festive season.

  5. Omg, such a delightful kheer, and simply love this kind of rich kheer as dessert after my lunch. Prefect festive dish.

  6. So tempting ... Love the way you have garnished it with fresh rose petals .

  7. Kheer, in all its variations, is so so welcome. Your Kesari Kheer looks delicious. :)

  8. Kheer is my to go dessert to satisfy my sweet tooth....apt for the festive season...Looks divine :)

  9. One of the classic Indian dessert, I would never get bored with it. Kheer with saffron is aromatic and tastes divine :)

  10. One of my favorite kheer. Loved the step by step tutorial with pictures.

  11. What a creamy and delicious looking rice pudding. Sounds fragrant and aromatic with the addition of kesar.

  12. Yummy kheer. Definitely saffron gives it that special touch 😚

  13. Lovely and creamy sweet.. Beautifully made and loved the clicks too. Absolutely tempting !

  14. My neighbour often does this dessert.. Rich creamy pudding...

  15. Kheer looks scrumptious Jolly!!Fab clicks too.

  16. I love kheer and saffron is one of the must ingredients for me too. Mouth watering!

  17. Oh My my !! such a delicious kheer and the addition of saffron is a wow :)

  18. Saffron kheer is such a delight. A bowl of home and comfort.

  19. Happiest Birthday to the lil one and what I loved is that you celebrated it with a traditional dessert. When we were young, payasams were always the first thing we drank after our bath and pooja on our birthdays. Lovely kheer and flavoured with saffron and dry fruits makes it all the more yum. This is comforting, filling and traditional at its best.

  20. Love this kheer, it's tasty and made regularly at home.

  21. Kesar is one of my favorite ingredient which gives a really subtle and nice aroma and color to any dish. The Kesari rice kheer looks simply divine.

  22. The kheer looks divine.. perfect for the festival days

  23. My most favourite dish and kheer is omnipresent in India. I am so much addictive to milk and sugar :) Lovely share.

  24. Kesari rice kheer looks super yummy Jolly. Rich creamy and delicious. Colour of Saffron makes the dish gorgeous.