Rice Kheer

As I have mentioned before, most of my dishes are handed down by my mom. I do make some slight variations according our taste, but this kheer /payasam recipe is my mom’s recipe without any change. (Ee adichan copy – meaning copied ditto) For this recipe amma doesn’t use any cardamom powder or cloves and any nuts. Its just rice, milk and sugar but it tastes heavenly. The month of Adi(Āshāḍha) is going to start from next week and lot of pujas and virathams will start too. I got my pujas date list from MIL yesterday. :-) So thought of posting this today so that we can make this for naivedyam also.



  • Milk (2% preferable) – 5 cups
  • Rice – ½ cup
  • Sugar – 1.5 cups (adjust according to taste)
  • Water 1 cup for soaking rice



  • Heat the kadai and dry roast the rice without any oil for 5 minutes or so.
  • Soak this roasted rice in 1 cup of water. (Rice gets cooked faster by this way)
  • In a heavy bottomed vessel, add the 5 cups of milk.
  • Once its about to boil (Pongu varum bodu), reduce the heat.
  • Now add rice and let it cook in the milk. you will notice that the milk quantity slowly gets reduced.
  • Add sugar and once the sugar dissolves, thats it. Rice kheer is ready.

As we are adding rice, milk gets absorbed fast, so if required add boiled milk before serving. You can serve this kheer either hot or cold.



12 thoughts on “Rice Kheer

  1. Even with all my love for Amma’s Annam Payasam, i never got it right. This time i tried yours with just a minor change. And viola, first ever edible kheer from me! Thank you Vidya for the kheer and for reminding me a story from my life which happened exactly on the 16th of July 2011. It now serves as my blog topic of the day too. ?Danke.

      • I did try vidhya. I loved it. It is so easy. I wonder why it failed every single time i tried before.
        I made it yesterday. I had the same payasam for lunch and dinner. Thank you so much. Your post reminded me of a lot of memories about which i am just typing in a post.
        And tomorrow it is going to be your Dal Paratha. I made sprouts Dal today only to make those Dal Parathas tomorrow. Thanks hey. ?

  2. Bhavani

    My mom also says for this paal payasam.. Paal Manam only do dont need to add ghee or nuts or anything else. Looks yum!!

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