Pumpkin Kheer

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Pumpkin Kheer

Pumpkin payasam (Kheer) is our favorite kheer next to carrot kheer. The speciality of this kheer is, you will not be able to taste the pumpkins at all. It’s also very easy to prepare.

Pumpkin Kheer Recipe

Prep TimeCook TimeMakes
05 Mins30 Mins5 Servings
Pumpkin Kheer A very simple recipe to prepare kheer using pumpkin and milk.
  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Skinned Cooked And Mashed
  • 4 To 5 Cups Milk (Depends On The Consistency You Want)
  • 1/2 To 3/4 Cup Sugar (More Or Less According To Your Taste)
Optional Ingredients:
  • 5 To 6 Saffron Strands
  • 10 Almonds
  • 2 Tablespoons MTR Badam Feast
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cardamom Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Ghee
  • 1 Tablespoon Cashews Broken Into Pieces
Procedure for Payasam:
  1. Cut the pumpkin into small cubes. If using a pressure cooker, drop the pumpkin cubes and add water just to cover it and leave it for 1 whistle and switch off the stove. Once the pressure releases, take out the pumpkin, remove the skin (it will peel off easily) and blend it smooth in a blender. Alternatively, you can also peel the skin and then pressure cook it. The pumpkins can also be cooked in a microwave oven. Remove the skin and grate the pumpkin, place it in a microwave safe bowl with little water, cook it for 5-6 minutes and then blend it.
  2. Meanwhile in a saucepan bring the milk to a boil.
  3. Add the pumpkin puree to the milk and let it simmer for another 10 minutes.
  4. Switch of the stove and add the sugar. The sugar will melt in the heat itself.
Procedure for Kheer:
  1. You can also do the following. This gives a badam kheer taste, which we all love and I always prepare the kheer like this.
  2. Soak the almonds overnight, so that removing the skin will be easy the next morning. If your are using blanched almonds, soaking is not necessary. Cook the almonds with the pumpkin and blend it together.
  3. In the 3rd step above, also add the MTR Badam Feast to the milk along with the pumpkin puree.
  4. In a small frying pan add the ghee and once it heats fry the cashews and add it at the end after adding the sugar. If you wish to add saffron strands, in a small cup add 2-3 tablespoons of the boiling milk and put the saffron in it and leave it for a while. At the end the saffron strands, cardamom powder can also be added.
My Notes:
  1. Sometime back I tried this recipe with the canned pumpkin puree. I don’t know for what reason, but the milk curdled once I added the puree. But recently I tried a pumpkin milkshake with the canned puree and it tasted awesome. Simply blend a couple of tablespoons of the pumpkin puree, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated and/or regular milk (preferably whole or 2%), sugar (according to your taste) and optional flavorings like saffron strands and cardamom powder. Note one thing though, canned pumpkin puree has a strong smell, which I’m not a fan in particular. So I used only little puree. The pumpkin puree which we prepare right from scratch does not have that smell at all.
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  3. Merbert

    I tried this with white pumpkin and flavored with saffron and cardamom. It is very delicious and smart to use the almond powder. The next time I will try to add cashew. Thank you for this lovely recipe.

    Thanks for the feedback Merbert. Actually I have not tried it with white pumpkin. Let me try it one of these days.

  4. Vidya

    Nice recipe Madhu. I’ve gotto try this. I use MTR Badam feast too 🙂

  5. nidhi

    Pumpking kheer is looking very yummy. Love the color you have got. I surely am bookmaking a lot of recipes thanks to your pumpkin event. 😎

  6. Jude

    Thanks for the recipe. Always looking for great simple pumpkin recipes like this around this time of year.

  7. Bharti

    Never tried or heard of this version of kheer. Perfect for fall.

  8. Anjali Damerla

    HI Madhuram,
    Thanks for your comment on my blog.Yes, everything is ok on my side. Just too many things happening at the same time 😥

    I have never tried Pumpkin kheer. Will try making it for my Diwali feast.

  9. DivyA Vikram

    Kheer looks lovely Madhu..Never looks it has pumpkin in it..

  10. Priya

    Wow Madhu..wat a creativity…pumpkin kheer looks yummy..

  11. Uma

    pumpkin kheer is new to me! looks so simple and delicious. 🙂

  12. jayasree

    Loved ur version of pumpkin kheer. What I am used to is jaggery and coconut milk combo. Yours sounds interesting and easy too.

  13. Eugene

    I am looking for some idea and stumble upon your posting 🙂 decide to wish you Thanks. Eugene

    Welcome to my blog and thanks for wishing me, Eugene.

  14. anudivya

    How simplistic! Good job Madhuram… I will posting to your pumpkin event soon.

  15. Riya

    Thanks for your email Madhu.

    We make carrot and badam kheer all the time. It never struck me to make pumpkin kheer. This is very neat!

    My mom usually grates carrot and pressure cooks along with milk. Gives a rich flavour/texture.

    BTW what is MTR Badam feast? Have never heard of that..is that some essence?

    MTR Badam Feast is a sweet almond powder, which is mixed with milk for a delicious almond kheer. I don’t know if you are in India or US, if you are in US it’s available in all the Indian grocery stores, in the readymade mixes section. MTR is the brand name. Of late I’m seeing other not so familiar brands also. Almond halwa can also be prepared with this mix, the recipe for which is available in the pack itself.

    Thanks so much.

  16. Chhaya

    Hi Madhuram, very nice and simple recipe…I make a similar kheer with bottle gourd…I will have to try out your recipe for Diwali this time !

  17. Happy Cook

    They look yummy.

  18. Usha

    Sounds delicious, have never tried payasam with pumpkin in it…very creative 🙂