kheer in clay pot

Rice Pudding in a Clay Pot


kheer in clay pot

The thing about Indian food is that you’ll most likely find yourself craving for dessert afterwards. Maybe it’s the oil. Or the thousand and one spices. Or the rich onion and tomato gravy. Whatever it is, it’s hard not to think about having something sweet to seal the meal with.

On our last evening in Delhi, walking through the crowded alleys of the old city, we pass by a small shop that sells all kinds of Indian sweets. The gorgeous, colorful items on display flirt with us from behind the glass that showcases them.

We painfully ignore the constant seduction, walking briskly past the shop but to no avail, for a few steps later, we stop.

“Let’s just take a quick peek,” suggests Masood.

“Alright, but you go ahead,” I say, knowing that I’ll be tempted to buy half of the shop if I went. “I’ll wait for you here.”

But I go along with him anyway, and we buy a single pot of kheer, or rice pudding. I hold the clay pot carefully as we ride a rickshaw towards our hotel. And after we finish eating the kheer, I wash and pat dry the pot to bring back home with me.

Then my mother-in-law cooks kheer at home a few days later. I take out my clay pot and decorate the rice pudding with slivers of pistachios. Then I photograph it, of course.

And as if my decorating skills weren’t good enough, Masood takes his time garnishing the dessert his way—with fine slices of almonds, and a piece of Little Hearts biscuit in the middle.

kheer, little hearts

Now that the kheer is finished, my clay pot from Delhi is carefully tucked away to be used next time. And it will remind me of that small sweet shop, the crowded alley, Delhi’s summer, and the wonderful time we spent there.

The day this pot breaks, someone will have to book a couple of round-trip tickets to Delhi.


  1. This is sucha lovely post, Nadia! The kheer looks incredibly nice. Lets just hope your little pot has a long life 😀
    And that reminds me, i have to email you!

    1. Hi there, Smiley! Yes, I also hope the little pot lasts a long, long time (at least until my next trip to Delhi, whenever that is).

      Email me, quick! I’m waiting 😀

      1. Got to agree with ‘liya.

        I didn’t try Delhi street kheer due to fear of food poisoning but love the artistic expressions with food found in the East.

        1. Mezba, my kheer wasn’t from the street! It came from a cute little shop. You’ll miss a thousand yummy things due to fear of food poisoning :p

  2. Doesn’t this pot cost more than kheer? Do they actually sell kheer along with pot, or was it an exceptional sale in your case? I am just curious about it.
    Yummi-licious post!

    1. Hello, Raheel.

      They do sell the kheer in the clay pots, just like how they sell lassi in clay tumblers. It’s really fascinating! But the Delhiites are so used to it that they throw these clay vessels away once they’ve finished eating/drinking. Such a waste, I say! It doesn’t cost much at all.

  3. Nadia, You just made me go ‘OOooo’ all of a sudden! The first look of this post is almost like having the kheer in real! Glad to be back to your blog. Cheers!

    1. Thank you so much, Pervisha! Welcome back (phir kahein nahi jaana ab!)

      Also, you took excellent pictures of the moon last night. I’ve shown them to everyone at home 😀

      1. Now that you people have mentioned it so many times, I ogled the pictures again the next morning and m myself amazed… 😮 I didn’t know my camera could capture such astronomical beauty. El hamdulillah for having a camera. My children’s children would be proud of me too. LoL.

        🙂 Don’t worry…Insha Allah..I will be here…

        1. No doubt that your camera is good, Pervisha, but the photographer is also very talented. MashaAllah.

          Yep, your great-grand children will be proud of you 😀

  4. hello, nadia. i like this post very much – it’s malambing.

    this part is quite literary: ” that small sweet shop, the crowded alley, Delhi’s summer, and the wonderful time we spent there.” now, what could be lighter and sweeter than that, eh?

    i like the threat in the end. masood should look forward to the day, haha… 🙂

    1. “Malambing” – I like that adjective for this post. Thanks, San!

      Hay naku, as in wala ng effect sa kanya ang mga threats ko *sigh* Siguro it’s better if I should resort to violence next *insert evil laughter*

  5. Oh, I haven’t been to Delhi! We’re already planning to revisit India soon. That one with the heart shaped bisquit looks uber cute! I won’t be able to resist that myself.

    1. Welcome to the blog, pinaytraveljunkie! You must visit Delhi. It’s hot, chaotic, crazy, wonderful … all at the same time 😀 Since you love Indian food, you’ll love what this city has to offer.

  6. Did Masood bhai decorated the pot of kheer? It really looks so yummy!!!
    lol.. btw what happens if ahem ahem if you are the one who breaks it accidentally? 😛 Does the threat still stand? 😛 hehe…

    1. Oh, absolutely, Mrs Umer! The threat is still valid even if the pot is broken by me 😀

      And yeah, Masood decorated the kheer himself. He’s like that: his food needs to be well-garnished.

    1. Thanks, Hajar! First, we had to argue who gets to eat out of the clay pot. When we decided to *share*, we then argued who’d get to dig into the kheer first 😀

  7. That is so cute 😀 I realized that yeah, everytime i eat in an Indian Restaurant, a dessert is a must. I cannot explain the reason why in English, but in Tagalog, it is ‘pampatanggal-umay’. That last photo quite shows how sweet you are as a person 🙂

    Bring me to New Delhi with you too, please? 😛

    1. Thank you, Senyorita Mica!

      I can’t explain ‘pampatanggal-umay’ in English either, but I guess that’s the correct reason for having dessert afterwards 🙂

      I’m already in India while you can get visa on arrival. We can meet in Delhi 🙂

  8. Ahhh…I love kheer in the clay pots. The first time I ever saw it was at a wedding in Pakistan when I was young. I thought it was the coolest thing ever!!

    1. Sabirah, it is the coolest thing ever! I’m planning to try out the ice creams here in Hyderabad too; some of them serve kulfi in clay cups. It’s not fun simply buying these clay vessels. There should be some memories of good food associated with them 🙂

  9. Hi Nadia,

    I have arrived in Dubai and just ate Kheer the other day somewhere in Karama, very yummy ! reminds me alot of an arabic dessert called Muhalabiya 🙂

    Anyhu, I have a question about the travel agency you used to go for Umrah from dubai, did they apply for the visa etc. if you don’t mind sharing this info with me. Look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards, Adla

    1. Hi Adla! Welcome to Dubai!!! Too bad I’m still here in India. No worries; I’ll return soon, and once you’re settled in nicely, we’ll plan to meet, inshaAllah!

      Yes, kheer is more or less like Muhalabiya. There’s this restaurant in Dubai called Bombay Chowpatty; they serve kheer and tea in clay pots. You should try them sometime.

  10. Wonderful Nadia, we should meet InshaAllah, i have a bucket load of questions. Let me know when you get back, in the meantime enjoy your holidays xx

  11. hi, your pictures are amazing and so is the recipe. I just want to know where did you get the clay pots from? and if you could help me with the contact of the vendor for the same.

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