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February 8, 2021

Instant pot rice kheer / Indian rice pudding in Instant pot

Instant pot rice kheer

Rice kheer / rice pudding (arisi payasam in Tamil) was the very first recipe I tried in my instant pot for Thursday Guru pooja prasad. Rice kheer is a creamy Indian dessert recipe that is prepared for festivals and special occasions at home. The ease of this recipe has made me prepare this dish almost every week Thursday or Friday poojai. All we have to do is to just add in roasted basmati rice, water, milk, sugar, cardamom powder and few saffron threads. Cook in pressure cooker mode in instant pot for just 12 minutes and your creamy rice kheer is done ! It tastes more like restaurant style rice kheer.

Before making this rice kheer in instant pot, I referred so many recipes for perfect measurement, procedure and cooking time. Most of the recipes called for cooking rice in milk (in porridge mode or pressure cook mode) and then add sugar or condensed milk, flavoring ingredients like cardamom, saffron, nuts etc.  But I wanted a recipe like one pot one shot just like my pressure cooker semiya payasam.

When I was discussing about this with my friend Shalini, she suggested me to try this method. She has been doing making rice kheer in instant pot for the potluck, get togethers and weekend party following this procedure. Its a hassle free and easiest method to make this yummy Indian dessert even in the last minute. You can serve 10 people easily with just 1 cup of rice.

In Instant pot rice kheer, most of the people complain about curdling of milk or rice sticking to the bottom of instant pot or kheer getting burnt in the bottom. Don’t worry, this method doesn’t disappoint you in any way. Addition of water is the key here. You will get a rich, super creamy, thick and yummy rice kheer all the time.

I have used basmati rice, sugar and milk in this recipe. You can use raw rice, condensed milk or soy milk, Almond milk, coconut milk( for Vegan options) instead. You can also use evaporated milk.

Friends, do try this easy and creamy rice kheer in instant pot. You will love it and make it more often like me. Lets see how to make Indian rice pudding / rice kheer in instant pot with step by step pictures.

rice kheer in instant pot

Instant pot rice kheer / rice pudding in Instant pot

Instant pot rice kheer / rice pudding in Instant pot

Rice kheer / Rice pudding - Rich and creamy Indian dessert recipe using Instant pot

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 6
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 25 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup =250ml
  • Basmati rice - 1/2 cup
  • Sugar - 3/4 cup
  • Water - 1 cup
  • Milk - 4 to 5 cups
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Saffron – 3 pinches
  • Cashew nuts - 10
  • Ghee - 2 tbsp
  1. Grind basmati rice coarsely. Wash and set aside.
  2. Switch on Instant pot. Press SAUTE mode. Add 1 tbsp ghee.
  3. Roast cashews till golden and remove in a plate.
  4. Add the rice and roast for a minute. Firstly add water, mix well.
  5. Then add milk, sugar, cardamom powder, saffron threads. Mix well.
  6. Press CANCEL. Press PRESSURE COOK and set the time to 12 minutes in normal pressure.
  7. Make sure pressure valve is in SEALING position. Let the pressure release NATURALLY (NPR). Open the cooker and mash the rice well.
  8. Add more milk and sugar if needed.
  9. Add roasted cashews. Mix well and serve hot. Enjoy !
  • Take basmati rice and grind coarsely using pulse button in mixie. Wash it well and set aside.
  • Wash the instant pot vessel and the inner ring portion of the lid thoroughly. Dry it completely. This helps to prevent curdling of kheer.
  • Instant pot rice kheer
  • Switch on the instant pot and press SAUTE button. Heat 1 tbsp ghee in the instant pot base vessel. Add cashew nuts and roast it till golden in color. Remove in a plate. 
  • Instant pot rice kheer
  • Add washed rice and roast for a minute. Add water (DO NOT SKIP WATER) and mix well. Add boiled milk (at roon temperature), sugar, cardamom powder and saffron threads. Mix well to scrape the rice sticking to the bottom of the vessel.
  • Instant pot rice kheerInstant pot rice kheer
  • Now press CANCEL button and press PRESSURE COOK button. Set the timer to 12 minutes in NORMAL pressure. Close the instant pot lid and keep the pressure valve in SEALING position.
  • Instant pot rice kheer
  • After 12 minutes, instant pot goes to warm mode and pressure releases. Let the pressure release naturally (NPR). Open the lid after the pressure button drops down. Mix well. Do not release the pressure forcefully. Milk will be splashed everywhere and make a mess. I removed it after 40 minutes. Kheer would be well cooked and looks thick. Mix well and check for taste and consistency. Add more milk and sugar if needed. I used 1/2 cup more milk. So totally I used 4.5 cups milk. Lastly add roasted cashewnuts. Mix well and serve hot.
  • Instant pot rice kheerInstant pot rice kheer
    Enjoy !


  • Wash the instant pot vessel, lid and dry it properly before cooking . It helps to avoid curdling of kheer.
  • Do not skip water. It helps to avoid the kheer burning in the bottom.
  • Make sure your scrape the bottom of vessel to avoid the rice sticking to the vessel and getting burnt.
  • You can also use PORRIDGE Mode in instant pot but it takes longer time to cook.
  • You can make the kheer thick or thin as per your wish.
  • For variations, you can use condensed milk instead of sugar.
  • Do not use JAGGERY. Kheer will curdle. If you want to use jaggery, make a thin syrup. Add it only after cooking the rice in milk and water.
  • You can also make vermicelli kheer in the same way. You can set the cooking time even lesser as it cooks quickly.
  • Do not try to quick release because hot milk spills from the vent.

Try this easy, yummy rice kheer in instant pot. You will love it !
 Instant pot rice kheer

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September 29, 2020

Instant Semiya Payasam in Pressure Cooker–Vermicelli Kheer in Cooker

Every Thursday I make this Instant semiya payasam in a pressure cooker easily for my Guru Pooja naivedyam / prasad. It takes just 15 minutes to prepare it. I started making vermicelli kheer in pressure cooker after hearing from my friend Shalini. Once she shared her vermicelli payasam recipe in instant pot. I thought of making the same in our Indian pressure cooker and it was a huge success in my home. But there are few points to be remembered while making this payasam in cooker to avoid curdling. I have shared all of them in this recipe.

I have shared a Kerala style semiya payasam recipe in pressure cooker but this version is much more easy and less time consuming too. For variations, you can add condensed milk / Milkmaid instead of sugar. It tastes even more rich. Ok friends, lets check out this easy semiya payasam recipe in cooker with step by step pictures and video. 

Check out my other payasam recipes too !

Instant semiya payasam in cooker

Instant semiya payasam in pressure cooker

Instant semiya payasam in pressure cooker

Instant semiya payasam in pressure cooker under 15 minutes

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 3
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes
1 cup = 250ml
  • Pre Roasted semiya / Roasted Vermicelli - 1/2 cup (I used MTR roasted vermicelli)
  • Sugar - 1/2 cup
  • Raw, unboiled milk - 2 cups
  • Water - 1/2 cup
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts, dry grapes – few
  • Salt – a pinch (optional)
  1. Wash and clean the pressure cooker, lid and gasket properly. Let it dry.
  2. In the pressure cooker, take the roasted vermicelli, sugar, milk, water and cardamom powder.
  3. Mix well. Pressure cook under low flame for two whistles.
  4. Remove the lid after the steam is released naturally.
  5. Heat ghee in a kadai and roast the cashews till golden in color. Add the raisins and roast till its puffy.
  6. Add to the semiya payasam. Mix well and enjoy !
  • Take a medium or big sized pressure cooker. Wash it well. Wash the lid, gasket properly and wipe it dry. This is the first step that helps to avoid curdling of payasam.

  • In that pressure cooker, take roasted vermicelli, sugar, unboiled milk, a pinch of salt, water and cardamom powder .
  • ( TIP: Addition of both water and milk helps to prevent curdling of payasam). If you have unroasted vermicelli, roast it in a tsp of ghee till golden in color. Then add water, milk, sugar and cardamom powder. Mix well.
  • If you are using small sized cooker, keep in small sized burner. I used my 2 liters cooker and used my medium sized burner.
    semiya payasam in pressure cooker
  • Add a small spoon or a plate in the bottom of cooker. It helps to reduce the splashing of milk while the cooker whistles. This step is optional though.
  • Close the lid and keep the cooker in high flame till steam comes out. lower the flame completely and then put the weight valve. Cook for two whistles in very low flame and switch off the flame. It takes nearly 8 to 10 minutes to whistle.

  • Let the pressure release naturally. Now open the cooker lid and mix well.
  • Heat ghee in a kadai and roast the cashews. When it starts to turn golden in color, add the raisins and roast till its puffy. Switch off the flame and add this to the semiya payasam.
    semiya payasam in pressure cooker
  • Mix well and serve hot or cold by refrigerating it for an hour. Semiya payasam thickens after it cools down completely. To make it drinkable, add some boiled milk before serving, adjust sweetness by adding more sugar, mix well and serve it. Enjoy !semiya payasam in pressure cooker


  • Adjust the quantity of sugar as per your taste.
  • For variations, you can use condensed milk instead of sugar.
  • You can add some saffron threads too.
  • Do not add milk alone. Add some water to prevent curdling.
  • Do not add ghee along with milk. While cooking, fat separates from the milk and gives a curdled look to the payasam.
  • If you want to make payasam without pressure cooker, first cook the vermicelli in water. Then add milk, sugar, cardamom powder. Boil and garnish with roasted nuts.
Try this easy, instant semiya payasam in pressure cooker and enjoy !

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September 6, 2020

Semiya Javvarisi Payasam–Sago Vermicelli Kheer Recipe

semiya javvarisi payasam
My aachi and mom makes semiya javvarisi payasam / sago vermicelli kheer adding nylon javvarisi very often. It can be prepared instantly without soaking and it cooks quickly too. She makes this yummy Indian dessert recipe for all the celebrations, occasions, festivals at home and specially for guests. I have never seen them making semiya payasam without javvarisi. My mom says addition of sago in semiya payasam helps to give more yield and also gives an appealing look to see the transparent tapioca pearls swimming with vermicelli in milk. You would have seen this kind of watery payasam in marraige feast and hotels. They serve in a small cup in drinkable consistency. In my house, both aachi and amma use nylon javvarisi (crystal, small sago) which is commonly found in Tamilnadu. But I have never tried kheer in this combination as I don’t get nylon javvarisi here. I can get white, big, pepper sized sago which we call as maavu javvarisi in Tamil. I thought javvarisi semiya payasam can be prepared only with small sized javvarisi.

Recently when I was talking to my mom and MIL, they told me to try semiya javvarisi payasam using this white sago itself. They told me the method and measurements clearly along with some tips. So I prepared it yesterday for my Thursday Guru pooja. Usually I make white, big sago payasam by soaking it at least for 4 to 8 hours or overnight. But yesterday I prepared this payasam by soaking the sago in hot water for just 15 minutes. It came out so well. I was so happy with the end result. Soon I will try to share this payasam recipe in a pressure cooker easily. For variations, you can use condensed milk / milkmaid instead of sugar.

Friends, now you too can make this yummy semiya javvarisi payasam irrespective of the sago variety by following this recipe with step by step pictures. I have also taken a video but iam yet to edit it. I will try to add the video soon.
Sago vermicelli kheer

Semiya javvarisi payasam

Semiya javvarisi payasam

Semiya javvarisi payasam / sago vermicelli kheer in Tamilnadu style.

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Dessert
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


  • Semiya / Vermicelli – 1/2 cup (roasted)
  • Javvarisi / Sago – 1/4 cup (big ones or nylon)
  • Hot water – to soak javvarisi
  • Water – 2 to 2.5 cups ( to cook javvarisi and semiya)
  • Boiled Milk at room temperature – 2 cups
  • Sugar – 3/4 cup
  • Cardamom -3 (crushed)
  • Cashew nuts - 5 (whole)
  • Dry grapes - 10
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  1. Wash and soak javvarisi in hot water for 15 minutes.
  2. In the mean time, heat 1 tbsp ghee in a kadai.
  3. Roast cashew nuts and dry grapes till golden. Remove in a plate.
  4. Roast semiya for 2 minutes. Remove in a plate.
  5. Roll Boil 2 cups of water in a vessel. Add the soaked javvarisi.
  6. Cook in medium flame for 10 to 15 minutes till its semi transparent.
  7. Add the roasted semiya and cook for another 10 minutes.
  8. Both semiya and javvarisi will be well cooked, soft and transparent.
  9. Add sugar, cardamom powder, roasted nuts. Mix well and boil till sugar melts.
  10. Switch off the flame once payasam becomes thick.
  11. Add boiled milk at room temperature to the hot payasam. Add half the quantity of milk for thick payasam.
  12. Mix well and serve!
  • Take a bowl and add the sago (I used white ones). Add hot water till 1 inch above the sago. Soak it for 15 minutes.

    semiya javvarisi payasam recipe

  • In the mean time, heat 1 tbsp ghee in a kadai. Roast cashews till light golden in color. Add the dry grapes and roast till bulgy. Remove cashews and dry grapes in a plate. Set aside. 
  • Add semiya / vermicelli to the remaining ghee. Roast for 2 minutes. If you use unroasted semiya, roast till it turns light golden in color. It takes 5 to 7 minutes in low flame. I used roasted semiya. So I did it for 2 minutes.
    semiya javvarisi payasam recipe
  • Take 2 cups of water in a pan. Let it roll boil. Add the soaked sago pearls. Mix well. Let it cook in low to medium flame for 10 minutes. You can cover and cook it. Stay nearby and keep an eye on it. Stir it twice in the middle to avoid sticking to the bottom of pan. Cook till it becomes semi transparent. You should see less white parts in sago.
    semiya javvarisi payasam recipe
  • Once the sago is 3/4th cooked, add 1/2 cup more water and add the roasted vermicelli. Cover and cook till its done. It takes another 10 minutes in low to medium flame.
    semiya javvarisi payasam recipe
  • After the semiya and javvarisi are well cooked, add sugar and crushed cardamom. Mix and boil till sugar melts. Payasam becomes thick. Now switch off the flame. semiya javvarisi payasam recipe
  • Add boiled milk at room temperature to the hot payasam. Add milk according to the consistency you like. Do not boil the payasam after adding milk. It may give a curdled look. For thick, spoonable payasam add 1 cup milk. For thin, drinkable payasam, add 2 cups milk. Lastly add the roasted nuts. Mix well and set aside.semiya javvarisi payasam recipe

  • This payasam will remain in the same consistency for few hours. It won't become thick as we are adding milk at room temperature. It will thicken if you add hot milk or less milk. I made in a drinkable consistency like the ones served in marriages and hotels. You can enjoy drinking hot or refrigerate and serve cold as per your wish.  Enjoy !


  • For less sweetness, add 1/2 cup sugar.
  • Do not add more javvarisi than the mentioned quantity because adding more sago gives a porridge look to the payasam I feel.
  • While cooking javvarisi, stay nearby and keep checking it else javvarisi dissolves in water.
  • If you are using nylon variety sago, you have to dry roast it till puffy and white. Then cook it along with semiya because it takes lesser time to cook than the white, big sago.
  • Do not roll boil the payasam after adding milk. If you want to heat it, do in very low flame.
  • For variations, you can add a tbsp of badam milk powder at the end. 
Try this easy, yummy semiya javvarisi payasam and enjoy !
Semiya javvarisi payasam

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August 19, 2020

Kozhukattai Varieties – Kozhukattai Recipes List For Festivals

Kozhukattai recipes for festivals

In this post, I have shared the list of different types of kozhukattai recipes / kozhukattai varieties that can be made for Ganesh chaturthi / Vinayagar chaturthi and other festivals like Varalakshmi vratham, during Tamil month Aadi, Karthigai deepam and other occasions at home. For Ganesh chaturthi, people make varieties of kolukattai / mothagam / modak across South India and North India as Lord Ganesh loves modak and he is fondly called as Modakpriya /Mothagapriyan.

In Tamil nadu, it is called as kozhukattai. we make mothagam @ kolukattai as the major naivedyam recipe for Vinayagar chaturthi. Other than kozhukattai we make sweet appam, sundal, payasam and ladoo too. Kozhukattai varieties like sweet poornam kozhukattai, uppu kozhukattai / ulundu kolukattai and ellu kozhukattai is offered for Ganesh chaturthi. Some people also make paal kolukattai and thengai poorana kozhukattai instead of kadalai paruppu pooranam kozhukattai. Apart from the traditional kozhukattai recipes, beginners can easily try ammini kozhukattai in sweet and spicy versions.

In North India, Ukadiche modak and fried modak are very popular. Apart from this Khoya modak, dry fruits and nuts, khajoor modak can also be prepared. In this post, I have shared all the traditional kolukattai recipes and few beginner friendly kozhukattai recipes with no cook stuffing.  I have also shared some links on different methods of making kozhukattai / modak dough along with some useful video links. Hope you find this collection helpful for making kozhukattai varieties for this Ganesh chaturthi.I will try to add more kozhukattai varieties like peanut kozhukattai, vegetable kozhukattai, ilai kolukattai in future and update this list. Ok, lets move on to the list of kozhukattai recipes.

Check out my full Ganesh chaturthi recipes collection HERE !

Hope you find this list helpful to choose and prepare kozhukattai for this Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Do try and have a great celebration. Share your feedback too !

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