Watermelon Kheer – Indian Watermelon Pudding

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Last Updated on December 14, 2020 by Chef Mireille

Watermelon Pith Kheer is a delicious Indian milk pudding, utilizing the white pith, avoiding food waste.

Watermelon Kheer - Indian Milk Pudding

This month I am participating in a Food Blogger Recipe Swap, where we are assigned a partner website and reproduce one of the recipes from that sight. I was assigned Priya’s Menu, who has a lot of Indian recipes and especially chutneys. I think she should be called the Chutney Queen! It took me a while perusing her blog to decide which recipe to try. Finally, I decided on this unique Watermelon Kheer.

Kheer’s in North India, Payasam in South India, are basically a variety of milk based puddings that can be made with a variety of grains, pulses, fruits or vegetables. I love milky, creamy pudding and have made a few already like this Pumpkin Payasam and this Lotus Seed Kheer, so I was more than willing to try a new one. Although I usually prefer thicker pudding, Indian type kheer’s are often quite thin. This one is on the thin side but with the watermelon pith created enough body that I found it enjoyable.

I’ve seen before watermelon pith used in Indian recipes in chutneys or achar (pickles), but have never before tried it myself. I’ve also seen it used in some jam recipes. Usually the pith gets thrown out with the rest of the watermelon skin. I had just purchased a watermelon and decided it was time I learned to utilize this part of the watermelon to avoid food waste.

Americans waste about 40% of our food supply annually, so this is a great recipe to put a little dent in that number.

I made a few slight changes to Priya’s recipe due to my preference and allergy to cashews.

I LOVED this pudding and will definitely be making it often as summertime is coming, when I buy a lot of watermelon. The white part of the watermelon will no longer end up in the garbage.

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This chilled dessert will make the perfect summertime treat!

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Watermelon Kheer – Indian Watermelon Pudding

a delicious Indian putting utilizing the watermelon pith, avoiding food waste
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 205.35kcal


  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 1/2 cups grated watermelon pith
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pistacchios garnish
  • 1 tablespoon preserved rose garnish


  • Melt ghee and add watermelon pith.
  • Saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add milk and rose water. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a medium simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add condensed milk and bring up to a rolling boil again.
  • Chill in the refrigerator.
  • To serve, garnish with the chopped pistacchio and rose.


Calories: 205.35kcal | Carbohydrates: 28.1g | Protein: 5.31g | Fat: 8.58g | Saturated Fat: 5.23g | Sodium: 75.5mg | Fiber: 0.23g | Sugar: 27.47g
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  1. Beautifully made and loved your version. Especially the generous amount of petals and nuts on top of the kheer is making me drool and so inviting. And yeah, Thank you so much for your mention. It is a great honour to hear from you as a Chutney Queen. It really means a lot to me 🙂

  2. What a wonderful way to use watermelon pith, I always throw it away. Do you only use the white part or the green too??I love all types of kheer so will definitely try this.

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