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Instant Pot Kheer Recipe: Traditional Dessert Simplified

Written by: Emily Smith

This Instant Pot Kheer is my go-to dessert! Creamy, aromatic with a hint of cardamom and saffron. It's a sweet, cozy hug in a bowl, perfect for any celebration or just because.

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Nothing spells comfort to me quite like homemade Kheer. This instant pot recipe, a sweet fusion of fragrant basmati rice, creamy whole milk, and a sprinkle of nuts, holds a special place in my heart. Yes, I'm talking about one of those dishes that offer warmth right from the stove to the soul. Trust me, the allure of saffron strands dancing with cardamom in each spoonful will beguile your senses, leaving you yearning for more. Try it, savor it, and let the magic of this timeless Indian dessert weave its charm.

Ingredients for Delicious Instant Pot Kheer

  • Basmati rice: Fragrant long-grain rice that cooks up fluffy and separate, adding a delicate texture and aroma to the kheer.
  • Whole milk: Provides richness and creaminess to the kheer, creating a luscious and indulgent dessert.
  • Sugar: Sweetens the kheer, balancing the flavors and enhancing the overall taste of the creamy rice pudding.
  • Cardamom powder: Adds a warm, aromatic flavor to the kheer, infusing it with a hint of spice and complexity.
  • Saffron strands: Imparts a beautiful golden color and a subtle floral flavor, elevating the visual appeal and taste of the kheer.
  • Chopped nuts: Offer a crunchy texture and nutty flavor, providing contrast to the creamy kheer and adding a delightful crunch.
  • Ghee: Enhances the richness and flavor of the kheer, imparting a subtle nuttiness and depth to the traditional Indian dessert.

Essential Tools for Making Kheer in an Instant Pot

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the rice and milk mixture quickly and efficiently.
  • Spatula: Needed for stirring the ingredients and scraping the bottom of the pot to prevent burning.
  • Measuring cup: To accurately measure the ingredients for the perfect balance of flavors and consistency.

Instant Pot Kheer Recipe: Traditional Dessert Simplified

This Instant Pot Kheer recipe simplifies the traditional Indian dessert, making it quick and easy to prepare while retaining its rich, creamy texture and delightful flavors.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 people
Calories 280 kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Spatula
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons


Main Ingredients

  • 1 cup basmati rice rinsed until water runs clear
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 0.5 cup sugar
  • 0.25 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 10-12 strands saffron
  • 2 tablespoons chopped nuts almonds, pistachios, cashews
  • 1 tablespoon ghee clarified butter


  • Rinse the basmati rice under running water until the water runs clear.
  • Add ghee to the Instant Pot and turn on the sauté mode.
  • Add the rinsed rice and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour in the milk, sugar, cardamom powder, saffron strands, and mix well.
  • Close the Instant Pot with the lid and set the vent to sealing position.
  • Pressure cook on high for 20 minutes.
  • Once done, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then manually release the remaining pressure.
  • Open the lid, stir the kheer, and add the chopped nuts.
  • Serve warm or chilled, garnished with more nuts if desired.


This kheer can be served warm or chilled, depending on your preference. Adjust the sugar to taste if needed.


Calories: 280kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 7gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 90mgPotassium: 250mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 200mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Instant Pot, Kheer, Rice Pudding
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Tips for Making Kheer Ahead of Time and Storing

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the kheer as per the recipe instructions.
  • Let it cool to room temperature.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Allow the kheer to cool completely.
  • Transfer to a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag.
  • Label with the date and freeze for up to 2 months.
  • Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Adding a pinch of salt to sweet dishes like kheer can enhance the flavors and balance the sweetness. Salt can help amplify the other flavors in the dish, making it more delicious.

Common Questions About Preparing Kheer in an Instant Pot

Can I use any type of rice for this kheer recipe?
Basmati rice works best for this recipe as it gives the kheer a nice texture and flavor.
How can I adjust the sweetness level of the kheer?
You can adjust the amount of sugar according to your preference. Start with less and add more if needed.
Can I use low-fat milk instead of whole milk?
Whole milk is recommended for a creamier kheer, but you can use low-fat milk if you prefer a lighter version.
Is it necessary to add saffron to the kheer?
Saffron adds a nice aroma and color to the kheer, but you can omit it if you don't have any on hand.
Can I skip adding nuts to the kheer?
Nuts add a nice crunch and flavor to the kheer, but you can omit them if you have allergies or simply prefer a nut-free version.

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