Brown Rice Kheer Recipe. Vegan Rice Pudding

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Brown Rice Kheer Recipe. Vegan Rice Pudding. Indian Kheer for Diwali festival. Brown Rice simmered in almond cashew milk with cardamom, roasted nuts and currants or raisins. Vegan Gluten-free Recipe.  Jump to Recipe   

Diwali is this weekend! And that means sweets, savories, chivda, lighting oil lamps, prayers for prosperity and happiness and meeting everyone to share wishes. 

Kheer is one of the favorite desserts in the festive season. It is easy, delicious with a dash cardamom or saffron and simmered for a long time till the rice is soft and almost dissolving into the milk. One of my aunts makes amazing kheer with soft rice that has soaked up all the milk and flavor, which would be slow cooked, chilled and served. I know rice pudding can be a like or dislike dish depending on memories and flavors. But for me memories around kheer are about all the extended family getting together, celebrating festivals and enjoying thick and fresh Indian Rice Pudding. 

More Indian Sweets to make this Diwali

  • 15 minute Toasted Coconut Ladoo
  • Besan Burfi (chickpea flour fudge bars),  
  • Kaju Katli (cashew fudge),
  • Mango ladoo,
  • dairy-free Gulab jamun (doughnut holes),
  • Besan Halwa (chickpea flour spoon fudge) or Carrot Halwa

While you are here, read about and catch the screening of Blood Lions

Blood Lions is a documentary about the realities of the multi-million dollar predator breeding and canned lion hunting industries in South Africa. Captive bred lions are killed in canned hunts and slaughtered for the lion bone trade. Last year alone over 800 captive lions were shot in South Africa, mostly by wealthy hunters under conditions that are anything but sporting. Ian has been following this story since 1999, and he goes onto the breeding farms to witness the impacts that decades of intensive breeding is having on the captive lions and other predators.

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Brown Rice Kheer Recipe. Vegan Rice Pudding

Brown Rice Kheer Recipe. Vegan Rice Pudding. Indian Kheer for Diwali festival. Brown Rice simmered in almond cashew milk with cardamom, roasted nuts and currants or raisins. Vegan Gluten-free Recipe.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Indian, Vegan
Servings: 2
Calories: 501kcal
Author: Vegan Richa


  • 1/2 cup (95 g) brown basmati rice soaked for 15 mins, then drained
  • 2.5 to 3 cups (625 ml) almond milk
  • 3 to 4 tbsp raw cashews
  • seeds of 2 pods of cardamom
  • a good pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) raw sugar
  • 2 to 3 tbsp chopped raw nuts like cashews pistachios
  • 2 to 3 tbsp currants or raisins


  • Combime brown rice with 1.5 cups water and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes. If using white basmati rice, cook for 11 minutes or until al dente.
  • Blend almond milk with the cashews until smooth. Add a splash of water to the simmering rice to bring the temperature down. Then add the blended milk to the rice. Add sugar, salt, cardamom seeds and cook for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • In another skillet, toast the nuts in 1/2 tsp oil or on a dry skillet until golden. Add the currants and cook for a minute. Add the nuts and currants to the simmering kheer.
  • Taste and adjust sweet if needed. Continue to simmer until the brown rice is tender to preference and thickened to preference. 10 to 20 mins
  • Serve warm or chilled. Garnish with almond slivers or pistachio slivers.


To make Mango Kheer: Cool the pudding to room temperature. Fold in 1/2 cup or more ripe mango puree. Unripe or citrusy puree might curdle the milk.

To make grain-free pudding: Use grated carrots instead of rice. Toast in 1 tsp oil for 5 minutes, then add the milk mixture and continue step 2 onwards.

Nutritional values based on one serving


Nutrition Facts
Brown Rice Kheer Recipe. Vegan Rice Pudding
Amount Per Serving
Calories 501
Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 562mg24%
Potassium 364mg10%
Carbohydrates 83g28%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 401mg40%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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