Instant Pot Kheer Recipe (Indian Rice Pudding) #diwalidessert

Instant Pot Kheer Recipe: creamy, thick, flavored with saffron, rice along with dried food, this Indian rice pudding is a perfect dessert for the festive season (Diwali, Holi, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc) and for parties too. This recipe makes 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 friends call it “Indian Rice Pudding” is one recipe that adds both glam and deliciousness to our Diwali party or upcoming Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Kheer or Instant Pot Indian Rice Pudding:

Rice  I’m using basmati rice but any white or brown rice will do

Milk if vegan use a nut milk 


Sugar can use any sugar substitute

Almonds – slivered or crushed into tiny pieces

Coconut Powder can use unsweetened coconut flakes too

Saffron – it’s good to use but can skip if not available

Cardamom Powderyou can use cardamom pods to make powder

Decoration (Optional) – rose petals, rose water, almonds, saffron and coconut powder

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Instant Pot Kheer Ingredients


The Best part about the Instant Pot Kheer is that its 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.

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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).

Hence I’m adding nuts, cardamom, coconut flakes, etc to enhance the flavor further and to decorate too.

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.

How to make Thick & Creamy Restaurant like Kheer at home:

1- Milk Powder – milk powder instantly thickens liquids and adds to the flavor.

2- Coconut Powder – another thickner and flavor enhancer

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


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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

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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.

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

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Instant Pot Kheer Recipe (Indian Rice Pudding) #diwalidessert

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Instant Pot Kheer Recipe: creamy, thick, flavored with saffron, rice along with dried food, this Indian rice pudding is a perfect Festive or Party dessert. Perfect for Diwali, Thanksgiving, Christmas or Holi.

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

Decoration: (Optional)

  • 1 Tbsp Rose Petal - optional
  • 1 Tsp Rose Water - optional
  • 2 Tbsp Thinly Chopped Almonds
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Powder
  • Pinch of Saffron


Prep Work:

Soak rice in hot water for 10 minutes.

Then sieve and crush the rice with your fingers (this step increases the flavor of rice when cooked).

How to Make Instant Pot Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding)

  1. Turn Instant Pot to Sauté mode.
  2. Add ghee to the instant pot and stir.
  3. Now add almonds, saffron, cardamom and saute nicely.
  4. Add rice and saute for a minute.
  5. Now add, milk, cinnamon, rose water, milk powder, coconut powder and stir everything together.
  6. Close the Instant-Pot lid with the pressure valve to sealing.
  7. Press the Porridge button and let it cook for 20 minutes.
  8. Allow Natural Pressure Release.
  9. Open the lid carefully and check the consistency.
  10. Stir nicely and transfer to a serving pot.
  11. You can serve the Kheer as is now or decorate on top with rose petal, saffron, almonds, coconut powder.
  12. Serve hot or cold


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

Adding More Nuts/Raisins: since some family members don't like raisins, hence I don't add it. However, you can add raisins if you like (when sauteeing the dry fruits in the steps above).

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

8 Cups

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 344Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 135mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 3gSugar: 14gProtein: 7g


14 Replies to "Instant Pot Kheer Recipe (Indian Rice Pudding) #diwalidessert"

  • Anuja Verma April 7, 2020 (6:18 pm)

    Can i substitute milk powder with condensed milk? If so, what should be quantity for condensed milk?

    Also, I don’t have coconut powder handy? Is it okay to skip it? Any alternative?

    • Molly Kumar April 8, 2020 (5:47 am)

      Hello Anuja, yes you can substitute Milk Powder with ‘Condensed Milk’, please add 2-3 tbsp condensed milk. However, please reduce the sugar quantity if the condensed milk is already sweetened. You can totally skip ‘coconut powder’ and add more almonds or any other dry fruits that you like 🙂 – Thanks for trying my recipe ~ Hugs, Molly

  • Priti October 3, 2019 (6:44 am)

    What is the purpose of milk powder? You didn’t use it in the recipe ? Also coconut as the topping? Shouldn’t coconut be roasted before using it?

    • Molly Kumar October 3, 2019 (3:27 pm)

      Hi Priti, the ‘milk powder’ in this recipe is used as a ‘thickner’ and it gets added while stirring rice in the recipe process. The coconut powder is also used to thicken the kheer and hence it’s not roasted. Thanks, Molly

  • 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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