Kheer is a creamy lactose and sugar free Indian rice pudding, packed with spices and topped with nuts and fresh mango it makes a wonderful dessert or snack!

Kheer – Indian rice pudding

Indian rice dessert

Who doesn’t love a bowl of rice pudding? It’s like the ultimate comfort food in winter! And it is one of those dishes you can find in so many different cultures! Did you ever try Kheer?

In Denmark in the winter months and especially around Christmas, you will find Risalmande: a rich dessert made with cream, vanilla and almonds (chopped and just one whole), topped by a luscious cherry sauce.  If you are lucky enough to find the whole almond, you will get a present and will have a prosperous year ahead!

The German version is called Milchreis: rice cooked in milk with cinnamon and sugar and topped with apple sauce or rote Grütze, a sweet fruity sauce made with red fruits and berries.

Dairy free indian rice pudding
Indian rice pudding, lactose and sugar-free

Rice desserts from the whole world

Arroz con leche is found in many South American countries, everyone has a different recipe, but basically, all contain milk, sugar, cinnamon, raisins and other spices and flavours like lime, orange, nutmeg, cloves and so on. It might be made with condensed milk, making it sweeter and creamier.

And of course, there is rice pudding in Asia as well! No wonder, being rice such an important component in the everyday diet here! You can check out my simplified recipe for Thai Mango Sticky Rice, it’s delicious even if it is not traditional rice pudding and an amazing dessert.

Today I want to share with you Kheer, the Indian version of rice pudding. I found tons of recipes and it is probably just like with many popular home dishes, that every family will have it’s own. Kheer is creamy thanks to the coconut milk (not cream!), warming because of the spices cardamom and cinnamon, lightly sweetened by the dates and golden raisins, pistachios and almonds make it crunchy and the mango just makes it fresh and more delicious! An amazing combination and explosion of flavours with every spoon you take!

On the Blog you can find more recipes with rice:

Kheer, lactose free and sugar free

Kheer Recipe


100 g of rice (I use arborio)

500 ml of coconut milk (or any milk of your choice)

2 cardamoms pods, smashed

1 piece (1-2 cm) of cinnamon

1 Medjool date, pitted and chopped

10 g of golden raisins

10 g of pistachios

10 g of sliced almonds

100g mango, peeled and cubed

coconut chips to decorate (optional)


  1. Put rice (100g), milk (coconut 500ml), the piece of cinnamon and the smashed cardamom in a small pot * and turn on the heat. Once it starts simmering, lower the heat down and stir frequently.
  2. You will need to keep a close eye on it and stir. After 15 minutes of cooking, add the chopped date and the raisins. This is going to give it natural sweetness (so you can use also sugar or syrup if you prefer).
  3. When the rice has soaked up the milk it is done. Turn off the heat and let it rest a couple of minutes.
  4. You may enjoy the rice pudding warm or cold (I love to eat up the leftovers, if there are any, for breakfast with fresh fruits!). Pour it in a nice bowl, add some pistachios, sliced almonds and mango (or any other fruit you like) and top it with coconut chips or flakes.
  5. Enjoy!
Kheer, lactose free

Have you ever had Indian rice pudding? No?! Well, then you need to try one! Let me tell you how to make it! My version is dairy-free and refined-sugar free and serves well two to three persons, it takes about 30 minutes to prepare and cook.

What is your favorite rice pudding? I’d love to know in the comments!

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20 thoughts on “Kheer – Indian rice pudding”

  1. Einen schönen Blog hast du Laura! Und ich liebe Milchreis, ist einfach ein Soulfood! Ich mag am liebsten Milchreis mit Kokosmilch oder mit Zimt und Zucker. Rote Grütze ist auch immer super. LG, Kaja

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