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Quinoa & Nectar Kheer | Quinoa Pudding

A healthy, low calorie, no sugar kheer/pudding or payasam prepared with quinoa which is sweetened with Truvia® Nectar
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Quinoa & Nectar Kheer
Servings: 4
Author: Srividhya G


  • Quinoa – ½ cup
  • Water – ¾ cup
  • Salt – a pinch
  • Cardamom Powder – 1 tsp or 2 pods of green cardamom crushed
  • Cloves – 2
  • Milk – 2 cups
  • Truvia® Nectar - 1/4 cup
  • Nuts of your choice - I used 1 tsp of cashews and 1 tsp of golden raisins
  • Ghee/Clarified butter - 1 tsp


  • Prep – Work
  • Wash the quinoa thoroughly and drain the water.
  • Add this washed quinoa and ¾ cup of water in the pot/pan and bring to boil by adding a pinch of salt.
  • Once it starts to boil, reduce the heat and cover the pot with a lid and let it cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Make sure the quinoa is not mushy. If its cooked before 15 minutes and if the water is still present, drain the water and let it cool.

Preparing the Kheer

  • In a heavy bottom pan, boil two cups of milk.
  • When the bubble starts to form, add the crushed cardamom or cardamom powder and cloves.
  • Let it boil for two minutes and now add the cooked quinoa.
  • Let it simmer for 15 minutes in low heat. Turn the heat off.
  • Finally add the Truvia® Nectar and mix well.
  • In a tempering pan, heat 1 tsp of ghee and once the ghee is hot add the nuts and raisins.
  • Roast for a minutes and add it to the kheer.
  • That’s it. Yummy kheer is ready. This can be served hot or cold.

Vegan Alternatives

  • Instead of regular milk, you can use almond milk or soymilk or coconut milk.
  • Also tempering the nuts in ghee is completely optional. Either you can skip it or just top it with plain nuts.


As I prepared it for a festival, I used whole milk to make it rich and creamy. But you can substitute it with 2% milk or milk of your choice.
Adjust the Truvia® Nectar as per your preference.
Instead of cardamom powder, crushed cardamom pods can be used too.
Quinoa can be replaced with any millets, flattened rice.