Creamy Coconut Kheer

by Kiran on October 10, 2014 · 40 comments

in Desserts, Vegan

Hello friends!! How’s Friday treating ya? For us, its pretty delicious especially when there’s creamy coconut kheer to look forward to before going on a full-fledged fast tomorrow.

Full fasting without a drop of water. Bet your Friday isn’t sounding too gloomy now, eh?

Creamy Coconut Kheer | @KiranTarun
There’s negative skeptics out there, spewing nasty comments every time we observe this fast. Karva Chauth is a fast observed for married couple, seeking longevity and happiness. The Husband and I do it together, so I don’t understand why there’s still so much negative opinion surrounding this ancient Indian ritual/practice.

It’s only for 1 whole day and fasting supposedly is a very healthy practice to rid the body from toxins. I’m trying to be at peace with the negativity in the real world. For that, a few spoonfuls of this creamy indulgence is needed, right now.

Creamy Coconut Kheer | @KiranTarun

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Serves 6 to 8


  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 cups thick homemade coconut milk
  • 2 cups low fat (2%) milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup fresh coconut meat
  • optional: 2 tbsp coconut rum

Garnish: Chopped raw pistachios


  1. Soak rice with some water for 15 minutes. Rinse and add rice in a heavy-bottomed saucepan with 1/2 tbsp coconut oil. Heat saucepan on medium.
  2. Lightly toast rice for 2 minutes. Drizzle in coconut, low fat milk and sugar. Stir to combine, cook until rice softens and thickens. Stir every now and then. Coconut rice pudding should take about 30 to 40 minutes to swell and thicken, on medium-low heat.
  3. Once rice pudding swells, season with a pinch of salt.
  4. Remove pudding from heat and drizzle in vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  5. Serve at room temperature or chilled, topped with chards of fresh coconut meat and chopped raw pistachios.


Creamy Coconut Kheer | @KiranTarun
Off to meditate and center with my “zen”. While I indulge into this creamy coconut kheer in preparation for tomorrow’s fasting, you’d want to make it for yourself and your loved ones. Especially if you have a very soft spot for coconut. This will serenade tropical paradise on your tastebuds 🙂

Do you observe fasting? How regular and how does fasting contribute to your lifestyle?


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1 Rosa October 10, 2014 at 1:08 PM

It looks divine! So luscious.




2 Kiran October 14, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Thanks Rosa!! xo


3 Sugar et al. October 10, 2014 at 5:17 PM

I do it twice a year. I bet it’s great for me after the 363 days of butter and sugar overload.The kheer looks beautiful and I love mine with lot of texture like this one.
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4 Kiran October 14, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Sonali — thank you and yes, a little reboot from all the sugar and butter is sometimes needed 😉


5 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You October 10, 2014 at 11:15 PM

This coconut pudding looks so creamy and delish… A real party in the mouth!!!
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6 Kiran October 14, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Denise — totally!!


7 Rachael | Spache the Spatula October 11, 2014 at 2:21 AM

First of all, this kheer looks so luxurious! Oh my gosh what a treat!
Second of all, kudos to you for being strong enough to fast for a day! I’m sure you and your husband help support each other to get through it 🙂 I think I could do the no food, but I’d be a huge wimp with the no water part :/
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8 Kiran October 14, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Rachael — thank you so much!! the key is not doing the fast on your own. I’m a huge wimp to when it comes to no water, but we pulled through 😀


9 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health October 11, 2014 at 9:20 AM

while i dont do fasting, my mom does it but it falls on a different month but its pretty much the same concept. very nice of your husband to fast with ya.
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10 Kiran October 14, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Dixya — it definitely helps when there’s someone to fast with, not only for 🙂


11 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef October 11, 2014 at 9:36 AM

I’ve never gone without water but I do fast. It’s not risky to go without water? or do you do it only when it’s not a gazillion degrees?

Your kheer sounds yummy and as for the fast, anything that brings a couple together and works for longevity must be the right thing. Good luck!
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12 Kiran October 14, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Maureen — fasting safely is the key. without water can be tough but there’s no strict restrictions. if i need water, I’d down it without compromising my health. That’s the key to fasting safely 🙂


13 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ October 11, 2014 at 9:46 AM

I only fasted once and it was for a college experiment 🙂 I’m not sure I liked it, if you have some mental work to do it might be very stressing. I remember I could not concentrate much. I guess the more you fast the better you become at dealing with food deprivation. If you have a purpose and a husband to fast with it cannot be too bad!
This recipe looks extra delicious, this is how a coconut paradise looks like!
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14 Kiran October 14, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Daniela — it requires mental preparation and yes, the key is to wake up at the crack of dawn (before sunrise!) to down as much water as possible ;D

thanks for the compliment!


15 Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog October 11, 2014 at 11:29 AM

What a beautiful tradition to fast as a married couple!! And this coconut kheer sounds absolutely delicious, and the photos are gorgeous!!
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16 Kiran October 14, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Phi — thank you! 🙂


17 Rachel October 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Since marrying my Indian husband (I’m American) I’ve started holding the Karva Chauth fast along with my mother-in-law. I think it brings us closer together and my husband gets very sentimental about it (though not enough to fast along with us). Now that we have a baby, I’ll fast twice a year. It gets a little tough toward the end of the day, but fasting isn’t all that bad (especially because we don’t usually go without water).

The kheer looks delicious by the way. I’ll have to add it to my recipe book. (Do people still use those?)
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18 Kiran October 14, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Rachel — fasting safely is the key and I’m glad you are able to celebrate the joy of these religious rituals with your in-laws 🙂


19 Choc Chip Uru October 11, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Your kheer looks so creamy and delicious 😀
The additional coconut flavour would make it even more delectable!

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20 Kiran October 14, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Uru — thanks love 🙂


21 Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl October 11, 2014 at 9:56 PM

I love some coconut taste so I can’t wait to enjoy this.. I’ll have to eat it with a spoon! 😉


22 Kiran October 14, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Pamela — if you LOVE coconut more than I do, you’d devour this pudding in one seating, spoons or otherwise 🙂


23 Angie@Angie's Recipes October 11, 2014 at 11:02 PM

It looks incredibly delicious!
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24 Kiran October 14, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Thanks Angie 🙂


25 Daniela October 12, 2014 at 6:18 AM

Fasting is a wonderful spiritual and physical practice and it’s so nice your husband is fasting with you.
The kheer looks like a fantastic treat after the fast.
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26 Kiran October 14, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Daniela — thank you and I love how you summarized it all 🙂


27 Helene D'Souza October 12, 2014 at 7:57 AM

One day fasting can’t hurt, in fact as you said it, it gets rid of the toxins in the body.
your kheer looks gorgeous Kiran!
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28 Kiran October 14, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Helene — ditto! and thank you 🙂


29 Joanne October 12, 2014 at 10:49 AM

That seems like as good of a reason to fast as any! And this kheer sounds absolutely lovely. I am a coconut fanatic. Must try this.
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30 Kiran October 14, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Joanne — coconut is so addictive! do let me know how it tastes 🙂


31 Cailee October 12, 2014 at 3:59 PM

This looks delicious! And I believe that there’s a huge difference between fasting for religious/ spiritual reasons and fasting to lose weight. You are doing it for spiritual reasons, but I feel like a lot of people out there who are against fasting are against it for dieting/ whatnot! Glad you were able to enjoy this tasty treat!
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32 Kiran October 14, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Cailee — spoken like a true champ! fasting to diet is definitely a negative weight-loss approach.


33 Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine October 12, 2014 at 5:20 PM

This sounds wonderful and I know it tasted even better after the fast. Fasting makes you really appreciate what we normally take for granted.
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34 Kiran October 14, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Thanks Chris, and ditto about how sometimes we take things for granted.


35 Carol at Wild Goose Tea October 12, 2014 at 6:18 PM

I LOVE lOVE LOVE this dish. You get negative comments, because you do a one day fast with your husband???? What’s the problem with that. I must be missing something and I think I’m glad I missing that something.
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36 Kiran October 14, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Carol — I’m pretty sure some people assume that we do it as a “diet” towards weight-loss. whereas, we do it for spiritual purpose 🙂


37 Asmita October 17, 2014 at 6:22 PM

A big bowl please!
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38 Lail | With A Spin October 21, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Oh, yumm! Creamy, luscious, irresistible. I fast for a full month sunup to sundown without even a drop of water, so I know what you mean. It take s more mental power than physical.
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