Rice Kheer | Rice Pudding | Annada Payasa – No refined sugar recipe

Rice kheer is known by many names: annada payasa, halu payasa, parmannam, chawal ki kheer, kheeri, payas, payesh, payoxh, rasiya and many more. Regionally, one may find many variations to this popular Indian dessert, each one a little bit different than the other. Some make it very thick others not so. While sugar is widely used to make rice kheer, jaggery is also used extensively in many parts of India. Annada payasa maybe served as dessert at the end of a meal or as in many auspicious occasions a traditional meal begins with this sweet preparation.


Rice kheer is made by boiling milk and sugar/jaggery with rice. It is flavoured with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashews, pistachios, almonds or other dry fruits and nuts. It can be served hot or chilled whatever you are in the mood for. 😊


Food wastage is real and knowingly or unknowingly we all are part of it. Rice kheer is one of those recipes you can make with leftover rice too. Many a times, leftover rice from my lunch gets cooked into kheer as dessert for dinner.😃


Sharing here my recipe made with leftover cooked rice. Also, I have replaced refined sugar with jaggery. This gives the kheer a light brown colour and the flavour varies a little from the popular sugar version.


Recipe serves 3


  • 1 cup Cooked rice
  • 500 ml Milk
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup Jaggery
  • 2 Green cardamom – powdered

For garnishing:

  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • 1 tbsp Cashewnuts
  • 1 tbsp Raisins
  • 1 tbsp Rose petals (optional)


  1. In a thick bottomed pan /kadai, heat ghee and fry cashew nuts until golden brown. Remove from ghee and keep aside. Turn off heat.
  2. Add raisins and fry for few seconds until they swell. Remove and keep aside.
  3. Add milk to the pan and bring it to a boil.
  4. Add cooked rice and cardamom powder and cook on low heat while stirring occasionally until milk reduces to desired consistency.
  5. Add jaggery and mix well until it is completely dissolved.
  6. Turn off heat.
  7. Garnish with dry fruits and rose petals and serve. Enjoy with your family and friends!


If you happen to try this Rice Kheer recipe; leave a comment, let me know how it turned out.

Do check my other quick & easy dessert recipes:

Putani hittina laddu /Roasted split gram laddu

Mango mastani

Mango Sheera/ kesari

Gadbad ice cream

Fried ice cream

Mango shrikhand / aamrakhand

Kashi halwa / ash gourd halwa

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