Instant-Pot Kheer Recipe (Indian Rice Pudding) #holidessert

Instant-Pot Kheer Recipe: creamy, thick, flavored with saffron, rice along with dried food, this rice pudding is a perfect Indian dessert. Perfect for Holi Sweets / Holi Desserts

This recipe is all about making a thick, creamy and rich kheer without using condensed milk.saffron kheer or rice pudding recipe

This Instant-Pot Kheer Recipe or as many of my friend’s call it “Indian Rice Pudding” is one recipe that adds both glam and deliciousness to our Diwali party or upcoming Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving.

how to make indian rice pudding in an instant pot

And the best part, super easy to make on the day of the festivities or even a day or two before.

Trust me, I make a Big and I mean a BIG batch every Diwali and last few years, I have started using my Instant-pot to make it.

instant pot rice pudding

25 minutes and the mix turns into this thick, creamy, flavorful and aromatic dessert.

Now you can make kheer with just 3 simple ingredients too (rice, milk, and sugar)

BUT, since it’s a celebration, this NEEDS to be Grand….Royal or Shahi (as it’s called in India).

Instant pot kheer recipe

I’m also sharing below “How you can make a thick and creamy kheer” everytime.

It’s super easy and does not involve using condensed milk.


You need these items to make a Thicker and Creamy (Restaurant like Kheer) at home:

1- Milk Powder

2- Coconut Powder

3- Any Other Nut Powder like cashews/almonds, etc. 


indian saffron rice pudding. Indian Saffron Kheer

I’m not against using condensed milk but due to its high sugar content, many members in my family don’t consume desserts made with it.

So, if you also are looking at an option to making the Indian rice pudding thicker, then you should definitely save this post

indian rice pudding

Now, as we are calling it ‘Royal Diwali Dessert’, we need to add ingredients that gives it such a high flavor and definitely a glam look 😉

So, I’m adding nuts, rosewater, saffron, cardamom to give the kheer a rich taste and I’m topping it with similar ingredients.

saffron kheer recipe

So, this Diwali, go ahead and try this Indian Rice Pudding or what we lovingly call ‘Kheer’ at home.


Wishing you and your loved ones a Very Happy & Prosperous Diwali.


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Instant Pot Kheer Recipe (Indian Rice Pudding)

Instant Pot Kheer Recipe (Indian Rice Pudding)

Instant Pot Kheer Recipe: creamy, thick, flavored with saffron, rice along with dried food, this rice pudding is a perfect Diwali dessert.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 Cup Basmati Rice - you may use any other white rice too
  • 3 Cups Milk
  • 2 Cups Hot Water - to soak rice
  • 4 Tbsp Ghee - you may use olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp Milk Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar - you can use sugar substitute*
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Coconut - dry coconut powder
  • 1/4 Cup Almonds - slivered or crushed
  • 2 Pinch Saffron - crushed
  • 1 Tbsp Green Cardamoms - crushed and skin removed
  • 1/8 Tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Rose Petal - optional
  • 1 Tsp Rose Water - optional


  1. Soak rice in hot water for 10 minutes.
  2. Then sieve and crush the rice with you fingers (this step increases the flavor of rice when cooked).
  3. Turn Instant Pot to Sauté mode.
  4. Add ghee to the instant pot and stir.
  5. Now add almonds, saffron, cardamom and saute nicely.
  6. Add rice and saute for a minute.
  7. Now add, milk, cinnamon, rose rose water and stir everything together.
  8. Close the Instant-Pot lid with the pressure valve to sealing.
  9. Press Porridge button and let it cook for 20 minutes.
  10. Allow Natural Pressure Release.
  11. Open the lid carefully and check the consistency.
  12. Stir nicely and transfer to serving pot and decorate on top with rose petal, saffron, almonds, coconut.
  13. Serve hot or cold


Sugar: We like slightly less sweetened kheer, hence please adjust the sugar/sweetener as per your taste.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

8 Cups

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 201 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 9mg Sodium: 42mg Carbohydrates: 26g Sugar: 5g Protein: 6g


10 Replies to "Instant-Pot Kheer Recipe (Indian Rice Pudding) #holidessert"

  • Emma April 3, 2019 (1:18 am)

    Hi Molly, i made this for office potluck and came out so good. Everyone loved it and i even saved some extra for later.

    • Molly Kumar April 3, 2019 (7:55 am)

      That is awesome, thanks so much for trying my recipe.

  • Bhavya February 15, 2019 (9:08 pm)

    What is the quantity of sugar??

    • Molly Kumar February 18, 2019 (5:31 am)

      Hi Bhavya, I’m using 1/4 cup sugar but you can increase/decrease the sugar as per taste. Thanks, Molly

  • Aimee Shugarman November 4, 2018 (11:56 am)

    What a wonderful recipe, so full of flavor!

  • Claire November 4, 2018 (6:07 am)

    This is just beautiful!
    And I love that it can be made in the instant pot, it is so easy to burn when it is on the stove 😀

    • Molly Kumar November 5, 2018 (11:02 am)

      Thanks Claire and totally agree with you. I love using Instant-pot for such recipes.

  • Rita November 3, 2018 (7:48 am)

    Hi Molly, we tried your instantpot kheer recipe for brunch and it came out wonderfully. Thanks for the quick recipe.

    • Molly Kumar November 4, 2018 (4:44 am)

      Hi Rita, Thank you so much for your message and I’m so happy you’ll enjoyed the recipe, Thanks, Molly

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