Vegan Rice Kheer

By: Manjula Jain

Serving : 4 people
Total Time :40 minutes

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Vegan Rice Kheer, Payasam

Kheer is a very traditional Indian dessert and is enjoyed by people of all ages. Kheer is made in many different ways using rice, different nuts, and vegetables but milk is the main ingredient to make kheer. I have been wanting to make rice kheer for my son who happens to be vegan and loves kheer. This is my version of vegan kheer: instead of milk, I used almond and coconut milk. After trying many different dairy free milk, this was the best combination I enjoyed. This recipe is also quick and easy to make and is delicious. You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy this kheer.
This recipe will serve 4.

Three bowls of creamy Vegan Rice Kheer garnished with pistachios, saffron, and chopped nuts

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup cooked rice
  • 3 cup almond milk unflavored
  • 2 cup coconut milk or 14 oz can
  • cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp almonds sliced
  • 2 Tbsp pistachios crushed
  • 1 Tbsp raisins
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • Few strands of saffron

Instructions

  • Lightly mash the cooked rice.
  • Use heavy bottom pan to make kheer. Put all the ingredients except saffron, in the pan, rice, coconut milk, almond milk, sugar, almonds, pistachios, raisins, and cardamom powder.
  • Mix it well and bring it to boil on medium high heat.
  • After the kheer is boiling, lower the heat to low-medium and let it cook for about 20 minutes. Do stir the kheer a few times in between to scrapes the sides of the pan.
  • I prefer the thicker consistency of kheer just like porridge consistency, but you can adjust the consistency of the kheer to your taste. Turn off the heat. The kheer is now ready,
  • Add a few strands of saffron on the top. You can serve this vegan rice kheer warm or chilled.

Notes

Please check out my other vegan dessert recipes namely:

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Vegan Rice Kheer, Payasam

Kheer is a very traditional Indian dessert and is enjoyed by people of all ages. Kheer is made in many different ways using rice, different nuts, and vegetables but milk is the main ingredient to make kheer. I have been wanting to make rice kheer for my son who happens to be vegan and loves kheer. This is my version of vegan kheer: instead of milk, I used almond and coconut milk. After trying many different dairy free milk, this was the best combination I enjoyed. This recipe is also quick and easy to make and is delicious. You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy this kheer.

This recipe will serve 4.

  • 1 ½ cup cooked rice
  • 3 cup almond milk (unflavored)
  • 2 cup coconut milk (or 14 oz can)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp almonds (sliced)
  • 2 Tbsp pistachios (crushed)
  • 1 Tbsp raisins
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • Few strands of saffron
  1. Lightly mash the cooked rice.
  2. Use heavy bottom pan to make kheer. Put all the ingredients except saffron, in the pan, rice, coconut milk, almond milk, sugar, almonds, pistachios, raisins, and cardamom powder.
  3. Mix it well and bring it to boil on medium high heat.
  4. After the kheer is boiling, lower the heat to low-medium and let it cook for about 20 minutes. Do stir the kheer a few times in between to scrapes the sides of the pan.
  5. I prefer the thicker consistency of kheer just like porridge consistency, but you can adjust the consistency of the kheer to your taste. Turn off the heat. The kheer is now ready,
  6. Add a few strands of saffron on the top. You can serve this vegan rice kheer warm or chilled.

Please check out my other vegan dessert recipes namely:

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Vegan Rice Kheer (Payasam): A Dairy-Free Vegan Rice Kheer Recipe

Vegan Rice Kheer, also known as Vegan Rice Payasam, is a dairy-free version of the classic Indian rice pudding that's beloved for its creamy texture and aromatic flavors. 

Traditionally made with milk, rice, sugar, and flavored with cardamom, nuts, and saffron, Vegan Rice Kheer offers a delicious alternative for those who follow a vegan lifestyle or have lactose intolerance. 

Benefits of Vegan Rice Kheer:

Lighter Option: 

Unlike traditional rice kheer made with full-fat milk, Vegan Rice Kheer tends to be lighter in calories and fat content, especially if using low-fat or unsweetened plant-based milk. This makes it a suitable dessert choice for those watching their calorie intake or looking for a healthier alternative.

Rich in Flavor: 

Despite being dairy-free, Vegan Rice Kheer is still rich in flavor, thanks to the use of aromatic spices such as cardamom, saffron, and cinnamon. These spices add depth and complexity to the dessert, enhancing its overall taste and aroma.

Customizable: Vegan Variations of Vegan Rice Kheer:

Rice Kheer is highly customizable, allowing you to adjust the sweetness, thickness, and flavorings according to your taste preferences. You can experiment with different plant-based milks, sweeteners, and toppings to create your own unique version of this classic dessert.

Other Variations of Dessert Recipes

  1. Apple Coconut Barfi: A guilt free dessert which is super easy to make. It's also vegan and gluten-free. The fruity taste makes for a great sweet snack without the guilt 
  2. Apple vegan cake: Apple vegan cake, this is a delicious, egg-less and dairy free cake. Apple Vegan Cake is easy and basic. Cake has a soft and moist texture. It is hard to believe that this is vegan.
  3. Crispy Jalebi: Jalebis are a great form of indian desserts which are made crispy and infused with juicy sweetness and flavors. 
  4. Sweet Boondi: Boondies are a mouthwatering snack like dessert. Boondies are small fried round drops made with gram flour (besan). Traditionally ladoos are made from sweet boondies. 

Tips for Making Perfect Vegan Rice Kheer:

Choose the Right Plant-Based Milk: Select a high-quality plant-based milk that complements the flavors of Vegan Rice Kheer. Coconut milk, almond milk, and cashew milk are popular choices due to their creamy texture and mild flavor.

Use Short-Grain Rice: Opt for short-grain rice varieties such as Arborio or sushi rice, which have a higher starch content and yield a creamier texture when cooked. Rinse the rice thoroughly before cooking to remove excess starch and prevent the kheer from becoming too thick.

Simmer Gently: Cook the rice kheer over low to medium heat, stirring frequently, to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan and burning. Simmering the kheer gently allows the rice to cook evenly and absorb the flavors of the milk and spices.

Sweeten to Taste: Adjust the sweetness of Vegan Rice Kheer according to your preference by adding more or less sugar or sweetener. Keep in mind that the sweetness may intensify as the kheer cooks and reduces, so start with a conservative amount and adjust as needed.

FAQs about Vegan Rice Kheer:

Can I use other grains instead of rice? 

While rice is the traditional grain used in kheer, you can experiment with other grains such as quinoa, millet, or barley for a unique twist. Keep in mind that cooking times and liquid ratios may vary when using alternative grains.

How long does Vegan Rice Kheer last? 

Vegan Rice Kheer can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days in an airtight container. If the kheer thickens upon cooling, simply stir in a little more plant-based milk to adjust the consistency before serving.

Can I freeze Vegan Rice Kheer? 

While Vegan Rice Kheer can be frozen, the texture may change slightly upon thawing, becoming slightly grainy or separating. It's best to consume the kheer fresh or refrigerated for the best taste and texture.

What can I garnish Vegan Rice Kheer with? 

Garnish Vegan Rice Kheer with chopped nuts such as almonds, pistachios, or cashews for added texture and flavor. You can also sprinkle with edible rose petals, saffron strands, or ground cardamom for a decorative touch.

Vegan Rice Kheer offers a delicious dairy-free alternative to the classic Indian rice pudding, with all the creamy texture and aromatic flavors of the original. 

Whether enjoyed warm or chilled, Vegan Rice Kheer is a comforting and indulgent dessert that's perfect for any occasion. With its versatility, customizable variations, and simple preparation, Vegan Rice Kheer is sure to become a favorite in your dessert repertoire.

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