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If you are a fan of rice pudding and you haven’t yet experienced the Indian version, you must try this Kheer. This recipe is a rich, creamy, and sweet rice pudding that is widely loved in Nepal. This special dish is considered a pure and holy food and is an important part of  Nepali traditional cuisines, and is often served in many important ceremonies and parties. Not only is this dish delicious, but it is simple to prepare and does not require any fancy or hard-to-find ingredients. The recipe consists of milk, rice, and sugar, along with toppings such as nuts and dried fruit. This recipe can easily be made vegan with a simple milk substitution, so everyone can enjoy this comforting and flavorful recipe.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 1/2 cup cooked rice (Basmati rice works best, but any medium or long-grain white rice will also work)
  • 3 cups unsweetened dairy-free milk (Almond-milk works well)
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • Cardamom powder or pods
  • 1/3 cup sugar (You can adjust the sugar amount to your liking)
  • Crushed pistachios, almonds, and dried fruit for topping (optional)
  • Saffron (optional)


  1. Cook the rice as you normally would.
  2. If you’re using cardamom pods, add them in while the rice is cooking. If you’re using ground cardamom, wait to add it in with the other ingredients once the rice is done cooking.
  3. Stir in all the remaining ingredients.
  4. Refrigerate the mixture until you’re ready to eat.
  5. Serve with crushed pistachios and any other toppings you’d like.

Quinoa Mango Kheer

Quinoa Mango Kheer

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This Quinoa Mango Kheer is a vegan take on a classic Indian pudding. Kheer is an Indian dessert, similar to rice pudding. Traditionally it’s made with rice that is cooked in milk that’s flavored with cardamon and saffron. It’s creamy, rich, and a delight for the taste buds – however, it’s a special treat.

This Quinoa Mango Kheer, on the other hand, is a lot lighter and can be enjoyed as a breakfast or mid-day snack. It’s made with quinoa, coconut milk, and traditional spices, then topped with fresh mango and shredded coconut. The awesome news is that it’s nutritious and healthy while still maintaining its delicious taste and creamy texture. This Quinoa Mango Kheer doesn’t require any special cooking skills as it is simple and easy to make – plus, it can be made in just a few minutes. You have to try it!

Almond Millet Kheer

Almond Millet Kheer

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Kheer is sort of like an Indian pudding. This is a creamy custard-like, mildly sweet kheer/pudding, with nuttiness from the almond milk, warmly aromatic from the cardamoms, delicately flavored with rose water, and topped with crunchy roasted cashews and pistachios. It’s a lovely dessert that works very well served warm or cold. And it is healthy and nourishing enough to have for breakfast!

Rice Kheer (with Jaggery)

Rice Kheer (with Jaggery)

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This Rice Kheer (with Jaggery) is so amazing! What could be a better way to finish off a simple home-cooked Indian meal than with a bowl of sweet, creamy, and fragrant rice kheer?

Kheer: Indian Rice Pudding

Kheer: Indian Rice Pudding

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If you are a fan of rice pudding and you haven’t yet experienced the Indian version, you must try this recipe! This healthier version uses brown rice, coconut milk, and date syrup. Top with lots of cinnamon and a bit of extra coconut milk for a creamy, dreamy dessert.

Vegan Rice Kheer Recipe

Source: Manjula’s Kitchen/YouTube

Learn how to make Vegan Rice Kheer (Payasam), an Indian Dessert Recipe by Manjula Kitchen!

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