Chawal ki Kheer

Prep 10 mins

Cook 30 mins

Serves 4-6 people

Kheer is an inseparable part of any festival or special occasions. Kheer has various synonyms like Payasam or payesh the Sanskrit word Payasa or Payasam, which also means "milk". Let us get started with this traditional cardamom-scented chawal ki kheer made with Payasa rice that adorns nutrition and richness of milk.


Payasa rice - 6 tbsp
Unsalted butter- 2 tbsp
Crushed saffron – ½ tsp
Ground cardamom- 1⁄2 tsp
Skimmed Milk - 6 cups
Sugar – 4-5 tbsp
Toasted Almonds - 1⁄4 cup
Cashew – ¼ cup


1. Heat butter in a medium sized skillet over medium flame
2. Add washed and drained Payasa rice, saffron, cardamom and cook
3. Stir them well until lightly toasted for about 2 minutes.
4. Add milk and stir occasionally, until milk is reduced by half and rice is tender
5. Add sugar, almonds, and stir until sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes.
6. Transfer to a serving bowl, and garnish with remaining almonds, saffron and cashew before serving.

Health Benefits

  1. Payasa rice is rich in dietary fibre, protein and low in GI.
  2. Milk contains variety of vitamins and minerals.
  3. Cardamom contains good amount of Vitamin C and B complex vitamins. It is low in sodium and free of cholesterol.
  4. Almonds lowers blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
  5. Skimmed milk can be a good substitute to whole milk. It is packed with protein, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B12 and minerals.