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Little millet kheer served in glass mugs with tiny golden spoons in them.

Little Millet Kheer With Saffron

Little millet kheer flavored with saffron- Saame kheer with kesar is an easy gluten free pudding made with Kutki ka chawal.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 5 people


For soaking the millet

  • ½ c Polished little millet
  • 2 c Water

For infusing the saffron

  • 10 to 12 strands Saffron
  • 1.5 tablespoon Warm water

For the kheer

  • 2 c full-fat milk
  • 3 green cardamoms crushed
  • 8 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 c Evaporated milk

For Garnishing

  • 1 tablespoon Ghee
  • 10 whole Cashews broken


Washing and soaking

  • Wash the little millet in water thoroughly.
  • When done, soak the millet in 2 c water for 30 mins.
    little millet kheer with saffron - step by step

Prepping the saffron

  • While the millet is soaking, combine the saffron with 1.5 tablespoon warm water and set aside.
    little millet kheer with saffron - step by step

Cooking the millet

  • Drain all the water from the millet. Add this to a heavy-bottomed sauce pan with the milk.
    little millet kheer with saffron - step by step
  • Now, cook this mixture on low flame until the millet is soft and cooked.
  • It takes around 10 mins for the millet to be cooked fully. As the millet cooks, you can see that it absorbs the milk and thickens too.

Adding Sugar

  • When the millet is completely cooked, add the sugar. Mix well. Continue to cook till sugar dissolves completely.
  • Add crushed cardamom and saffron water at this stage. Mix well. You can see that the mixture changes to a pale yellow color.
  • Once the sugar dissolves, continue to cook till the milk froths up. This takes about 3 mins on medium flame.

Combining the evaporated milk

  • Now, add the evaporated milk and mix well.
  • Continue to simmer for 5 mins on low flame, stirring every now and then, to prevent the millet from sticking to the bottom or burning.
    little millet kheer with saffron - step by step
  • When the mixture comes to a gentle boil, switch off the flame.


  • Heat a pan with ghee.
  • Add the chopped cashews and fry them till golden.
  • Now add the ghee+cashews to the kheer and mix well.
  • Let the kheer sit for 15 mins before serving. Serve warm or as suggested in our serving sugge
Keyword easy millet kheer, gluten free kheer, kutki ki kheer, little millet kheer, millet payasam, millet saffron kheer, millet saffron pudding, saame kheer, samai payasam
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