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Instant pot rice kheer served in 3 silver color bowls on a silver color plate with 2 spoons on the side with nuts garnished on top

Instant Pot Kheer | Rice Payasam | Paramannam recipe

  • Author: Yamini
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Easy and delicious Instant pot kheer recipe for a creamy and rich Indian rice pudding or rice kheer. Perfect for any occasion which calls for a dessert.


  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon ghee 
  • 1 cup sugar ( adjust as per taste )
  • 3/4 cup uncooked rice ( I prefer jasmine rice when available, but any regular rice can be used. If possible high starch rice is suggested )
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 2-3 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons cashew nuts ( for garnishing )
  • 1 tsp ground elaichi (cardamom powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron (optional)
  • 5 cups whole milk
  • 1 tsp of rose water or kewra water ( optional )


  1. Turn on the Sauté mode on the instant pot and wait until it displays 'HOT'.
  2. Now add 2 tablespoons of ghee and add 1/4 cup of sliced almonds to the ghee. Sauté them for few seconds until the almonds are slightly turning golden and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of golden raisins and sauté until the raisins are puffed up.
  3. Now add 3/4 cup of rice and sauté for just 30 seconds to a minute. ( DO NOT WASH THE RICE as the starch helps in making the rice pudding much more creamier ).
  4. Then add 5 cups of milk, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon of ground cardamom powder, few saffron strands ( around 1/4 teaspoon ), stir well and close the lid of the instant pot. Press cancel to turn off the sauté mode.
  5. Move the vent to 'SEAL' position, press the porridge button to cook on porridge mode for 20 mins on high pressure. It takes around 10 mins for the instant pot to build pressure and start cooking ( i.e. when it starts counting down ) and 20 mins to cook as we selected.
  6. When it turns OFF after around 30 mins, wait for at least 15 mins for natural release of pressure and then turn the vent to 'VENT' position to release the rest of the pressure manually ( Always stay away from the pressure release valve when releasing the pressure to avoid steam burns ).
  7. Open the lid when all the pressure is released and the pin is dropped indicating it is safe to open. If you prefer, you can thicken it a little more for couple mins by turning on the SAUTE mode. But remember that rice kheer always thickens as it cools down. I didn't have to thicken it at all after opening.
  8. Roast the cashew nuts in 1 teaspoon of ghee in a separate pan on stove top and add them on top of this rice payasam or paal payasam before serving. Wonderfully creamy and delicious Instant pot kheer is ready to be served. Serve it warm or chilled.


  • Always use FULL FAT MILK for creamy texture
  • Do NOT wash the rice before using it in the recipe, as the starch helps in making the kheer creamy.
  • If you want to adjust the consistency of the rice kheer while reheating, add some milk to it while reheating.
  • Add a teaspoon of rose water or kewra water at the end to take it to the next level.
  • This is already a rich and creamy rice kheer recipe. If you prefer to make it more richer then 
    • replace some of the milk with half & half ( half cream and half milk )
    • replace some of the sugar with condensed milk ( Add condensed milk along with all the ingredients before cooking and if required, add more sugar at the end.
  • If you want less texture in your rice kheer, then run your rice through food processor to just break the rice into smaller pieces like broken rice and use it in the recipe.
  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Instant pot
  • Cuisine: Indian

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