Elaichi Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding with Cardamom) Lite

Elaichi Kheer

Kheer is a really popular Indian dessert.  It is often made for religious holidays and Indian festivals.  Last week I made Elaichi Kheer on Maha Sankranti. This is a very simple recipe... rice pudding flavored with some cardamom powder and rose water, how can you go wrong with that.  Enjoy!

NUTRITION: Milk is an excellent source of Calcium.  You can opt to use 1% milk when making this which will bring down the fat.


  • Rice - 1/2 cup uncooked
  • Milk 1%/2% - 4 cups  (I used 2%, 1% will work too)
  • Sugar - 4 tbsp (you can use anything between 3-5 tbsp)
  • Cardamom Powder - 1 tsp
  • Rose Water - 1/2 tsp

1. On medium heat, add rice and milk to a pot.

2. This is what you should have.

3. The milk and rice will take about 15 minutes to heat up.  Keep stirring occassionally to prevent the rice from sticking.

4. This is what you should have after 15 minutes.

5. Stay close and keep stirring.  It will take another 15-20 minutes for the milk and rice mixture to come to a boil.  Notice the sides, how the quantity of the milk reduced.

6. Add the sugar, the cardamom powder, and rose water.


7. This is what you should have.

8. Stir until there are no lumps, all the cardamom powder dissolves in the milk.  Once the milk boils, turn off the stove.

9. Tastes amazing when warm/hot.  Serve in a bowl, or wine glass for a fancy party.


  1. looks so good and healthy. nice work.

  2. What a great idea! I made this as soon as I got home from work. Instead of using cow's milk, I substituted a combination of light coconut milk and almond milk. Delicious! Thank you!

  3. Hello Olivia..

    I LOVE the fact that you checked out my blog at work... I do that too!
    Thank you so much.
    You can't go wrong wtih Coconut and Almond milks, what's not to love?
    Great idea :-)


  4. i totally failed at making kheer my first time - i don't think i was patient enough with the reduction process. maybe i'll try again! :)

  5. Hi LaSpicyVita..
    Yes.. patience is a virtue when making Kheer... it is a LOT of stirring :-)
    Try it again.. you will enjoy it.

  6. I have been searching for a kheer recipe that doesn't use sweetened condensed milk, this looks great!
    I wonder how it would turn out using agave nectar or maple syrup instead of sugar... I'm going to give it a go this weekend.

  7. @Sophie - this recipe is probably as low fat as it gets, and GOOD. I'm sure you can use agave nectar, start with 2 tbsp and work your way up as needed. Agave is sweeter than sugar. Hope this helps!

  8. I just made this recipe it is amazing! The kids or husband can't get enough!


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