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quinoa kheer
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5 from 2 votes

Quinoa Kheer

A healthy alternative to a classic Indian rice pudding type dessert using quinoa to make quinoa kheer.  Kheer is a type of rice pudding usually made with – rice! This version uses quinoa, a healthy alternative.  The smaller grains lend to more flavor for the sweet milk and cardamom flavor to come through.
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: greek indian fusion, kheer, quinoa kheer
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 284kcal
Author: Shilpa Joshi


  • Pot


  • 1 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 7 cups milk I used 2%
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cardamom
  • 10 almonds slivered
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 8 strawberries optional


Step 1

  • Cook quinoa in 2 cups milk: In pressure cooker – for 10 minutes (until 1st whistle, then cook 1 minute longer). On stovetop – on medium boil for 10-15 minutes

Step 2

  • Heat ghee in separate pot and add cooked quinoa. Let cook for 2-3 minutes.

Step 3

  • Add in 5 cups milk let it boil for 2-3 minutes. Then add sugar and cardamom. Let boil on low-medium for 10-15 minutes until mixture is a thicker consistency.

Step 4

  • Add slivered almonds and mix. Turn off heat.

Step 5

  • Optional – Puree strawberries adding in a tbsp of water as needed to help blend. Top or mix into kheer for a strawberry swirl.


Strawberry topping optional


Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 374mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 281IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 1mg