Paal Payasam – Indian Rice Pudding – Restaurant Style Kheer

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Last Updated on December 14, 2020 by Chef Mireille

Paal Payasam – Indian Rice Pudding – Restaurant Style Kheer – the rice pudding variety you get in almost every western Indian restaurant.


Paal Payasam - Indian Rice Pudding - Restaurant Style Kheer

Here in the US, one of the most common types of desserts at Indian restaurants is kheer. Go to any lunch buffet at an Indian restaurant and the dessert option is almost always going to be kheer. Unlike in India, there are not varieties of kheer. There is just basic rice kheer – India’s version of rice pudding.  This type of kheer is known as Paal Payasam in southern India and that is the version I am making today.

There are many different ways of making Paal Payasam from traditional methods to modern methods that sometimes use evaporated milk to speed up the cooking process. I am not claiming this to be the most traditional method of preparation, but this version works for me and achieves the same results.

Rice Pudding in all its interpretations is one of my favorite foods. There is a restaurant here in NYC called Rice to Riches and they serve nothing but rice pudding in every possible flavor you can think of with all different kinds of toppings you can add. It’s like an ice cream shop but instead of ice cream being the base it’s rice pudding. If you are a rice pudding fanatic like me, you must visit when you come to NYC.

Until you make it to Rice to Riches, check out some of my other Rice Pudding Recipes from around the world!

Rice Pudding Recipes

Champorado – Filipino Chocolate Rice Pudding
Rijstpap – Belgian Rice Pudding
Akkaravadisal – another version of an Indian rice pudding
Appelsinris – Norwegian Orange Rice Pudding
Khao Neow Dum Sung Khaya – Thai Black Rice Pudding Custard
Kolkandu Pongal – Rock Sugar Rice Pudding – yet another Indian version

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Paal Payasam – Indian Rice Pudding – Restaurant Style Kheer

Indian style rice pudding popular at western Indian restaurants.
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3


  • Ingredients:
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons rice
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom or freshly ground cardamom seeds
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 2 teaspoons cashews
  • 2 teaspoons golden raisins
  • extra milk as needed for serving


  • Bring milk and 2 ½ cups water to a boil.
  • Add rice and cook on a medium simmer for 40 minutes.
  • Stir in sugar, cardamom and rose water. Stir to combine. Remove from heat.
  • In a skillet, melt ghee. Add cashew and fry until they start to turn golden. Add raisins and cook fry for another few seconds until they start to plump a little.
  • Add to payasam and stir to combine.
  • Serve chilled.
  • When ready to serve, if the pudding has thickened too much, add more milk and stir to combine for desired consistency.
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  1. Oh the texture looks perfect and creamy. So glad you made this for the last day. I totally enjoyed reading and drooling over your kheer pictures Mir! Great shares..

  2. Rice to Riches sounds so interesting , would love to visit it , perhaps someday you and me ! ? .
    The kheer sounds awesome and truly the best of all , will definitely look into the other rice links you have posted , they sound fantastic .

  3. Very interesting to read about the restaurant. Like you I am a huge fan of puddings of all varieties under the sun if they are eggless 🙂

  4. There is no one classical way to make payasam Mir. Every house has their own recipe. I love your version too. The payasam is so creamy and best way to finish off a meal.

  5. Rice pudding or kheer is an all time favorite dish. Your creamy rice pudding is looking so delicious but I’m not drooling. You know why?? Because I’m eating it right now 😀

  6. You got the perfect texture for the paal payasam Mir! And will be coming back to see the other rice pudding varieties. If ever i come to NY, rice to riches is the place you are going to take me to first 🙂

  7. This is my favourite payasam! Yours has turned out looking fabulous. I like the idea of adding rose water….should be a good flavour addition!

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