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Odisha Rice Khiri Recipe | Rice Kheer Recipe

Odisha Rice Khiri Recipe





Prep Time

30 Mins

Cook Time

1 Hr

Total Time

1 Hr 30 Mins

Rice Khiri is a popular dessert Prepared in Odia households during pooja or festive seasons. It is a must-have in every feast or ceremony menu. 

Chaula Khiri is a slow cooking process. You don’t need too much stuff to make this Khiri. All you need is proper technique and patience to prepare this. The rice Khiri recipe I am sharing here is a traditional one. I haven’t used any condensed milk or khoya for making this Rice Khiri. Only milk is used to get this Khiri recipe’s creamy texture and flavor.

Follow our step-by-step process to make the rice khiri at home. And, I am sure you won’t regret it after preparing. You get the same flavor and texture as the rice kheer prepared at feasts.

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What is Rice Khiri??

Rice khiri is a tasty Odia rice pudding. In Odia, Chaula means “uncooked rice”. Chaula khiri is a slow cooking process prepared with rice, fragrant with cardamom, sweetened with sugar or sometimes jaggery, and flavored with dry nuts.

Traditionally rice is slow-cooked with milk to prepare rice khiri. But I have separately cooked rice and then slowly cooked it with milk. This way you can save a lot of time, and the taste of kheer is awesome. Either way, you can cook.

Rice Kheer Recipe

 Which rice is suitable for making Kheer?

You can prepare rice kheer with raw, basmati or jasmine rice. But I highly recommend small grain basmati rice known as “kheer rice”. Kheer rice is widely available all over India. If it’s not available at your place, you can check in Indian grocery stores.

If you do not have kheer rice, you can use regular raw rice instead. That is also fine.

How is Chaula Khiri different from other Kheer Recipes?

These are the following points, how Chaula khiri making process differs from other kheer recipes.

  1. The Khiri rice is soaked in water for about half an hour before making rice kheer.
  2. Soaking hydrates the grains and shortens the cooking time.
  3. Before cooking rice, caramelization and sautéing are the two main processes. 
  4.  Caramelization helps to get the beautiful color in rice kheer. After caramelization, you don’t need to sauté rice for a long time.
  5. Desi Ghee is used for sautéing rice. Ghee gives a beautiful flavor to the rice grains.
  6. Full-fat milk is used to prepare the rice khiri recipe. It gives flavor and texture to the kheer without condensed milk or khoya.


    How to make Rice Khiri?

  1. Soak the kheer rice (Small grain Basmati rice) for half an hour.
    Chaula Khiri in Odia
  2. Pour ghee into a pressure cooker and let it heat.
    Rice Khiri Odia Recipe
  3. Add sugar and caramelize it.
    Rice Kheer Recipe
  4. Drain the excess water from the rice and add the rice to caramelized ghee. 
    Kheer Recipe
  5. Sauté rice in low-medium flame for 5 minutes. Don’t over-cook. Otherwise, it makes the rice grains too hard.
    Rice Kheer Odia Recipe
  6. Add two cups of water along with little salt. Mix and cover the lid. Cook for two whistles in medium flame. As we have used soaked rice, it doesn’t take too much time to cook.
    Chawal ka Kheer Recipe
  7. After the air releases, open the cooker. Add a little milk and mash lightly with a ladle. This way lumps will not form, and rice grains break easily.
    Odisha Rice Khiri Recipe
  1. I have used full-fat milk for preparing rice kheer recipe. Add half liter milk and let it cook with the rice on low flame.
    Odisha Rice Khiri Recipe
  2. After the milk thickens, add another half liter of milk. Cook for 15-20 minutes in low flame.
    This way, you don’t need condensed milk or khoya to prepare kheer at home. The full-fat milk works for you. 
  1. Add sugar and let it melt properly.
    Rice Kheer Recipe
  2. In a little pan add ghee and roast some cashews. Add the cashews in kheer. You can also use raisins.
    Chawal ka Kheer in Odia
  3. Add a pinch of cardamom powder to get an aroma. 
    Kheer Recipe
  4. Serve hot or chilled Odia style chaula khiri.

How to store Rice Khiri?

A slow-cooking rice kheer can be stored for maximum a week. You can store kheer in an airtight container after it cools down to room temperature.

Sometimes kheer curdles if the weather is too hot. So refrigerate it and whenever you want takeout from freeze and have it chilled or can warm. 

As raisins are a bit sour, there is a chance of kheer curdling. So avoid raisins if preparing in a large batch.

Odia Chaula Khiri Recipe

Rice Khiri is an authentic Odia recipe prepared in festivals, special occasions or ceremonies. This kheer recipe is divine for every foodie.


½ cup Small grain Basmati rice (Khiri rice)
¾ cup Sugar
¼ teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Cardamom powder
4 tablespoon Ghee
10-15 Cashews
1-liter Full-fat milk
Water as required


  1. Soak khiri rice for about 30 minutes. It helps to hydrate the rice and also shortens the cooking time.
  2. Drain the excess water and keep the rice aside.
  3. We will use a pressure cooker to cook the rice. This helps to save time. You can also cook rice directly in milk.
  4. Add ghee to the cooker and let it heat.
  5. When smoke comes from ghee add a tablespoon of sugar and caramelize it. The caramelized sugar gives a nice color to the kheer rice.
  6. Add the soaked rice and mix well. On low-medium flame sauté for 5 minutes. Do not overcook the khiri rice. Over-cooking makes the rice hard.
  7. You can see a nice color after sautéing khiri rice in caramelized sugar. Now it’s done. Add water along with salt. A little salt really enhances the taste of the rice khiri.
  8. Mix all and cover the lid. Cook for 2 whistles on medium flame.
  9. Add a little milk and mash cooked rice lightly.
    This way rice breaks easily and no lumps will form.
  10. Add ½ liter of full-fat milk and cook until it thickens. Do the cooking on low flame. It will take 15-20 minutes to thicken the milk.
  11. Pour another ½ liter of milk and cook for 15 minutes more until it thickens.
  12. Add sugar and mix. Cook until sugar mix completely.
  13. In a separate pan add ghee and roast some cashews on low flame. When the color changes to a little golden brown, add to the chaula khiri. Mix everything.
  14. When you get the desired consistency of kheer, add cardamom powder. Mix and turn off the flame.
  15. Garnish with cashews and serve hot or chilled.


  1. Soak khiri rice (Small basmati rice) in water for minimum 30 minutes before preparing chaula khiri.
  2. Use full-fat milk for this rice khiri recipe.
  3. Sauté khiri rice in ghee to enhance the flavor of kheer recipe.

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