How to make Khus Khus Kheer -

Poppy seeds cooked with milk, rice and sugar to make a fantastic sweet dish.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Main Ingredients : Poppy seeds (khuskhus or posto), Milk (दूध)

Cuisine : Bengali

Course : Desserts

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Khus Khus Kheer

Khus Khus Kheer Recipe Card


The Bengalis are great food lovers and take pride in their cuisine.  In fact so obsessed are they about food, that the man of the house goes to the market daily to buy a fresh supply vegetables and fish which is a must in their daily menu.  The medium of cooking is mustard oil which adds its own pungency.  Another very important item of Bengali cuisine is the variety of sweets or mishti as they call them.  Most of them are milk based and are prepared from chhena.
A meal, for the Bengali, is a ritual in itself.  Bengalis spend not only the great deal of time thinking about the food but also on its preparation and eating. 

Prep Time : 7-8 hour

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Khus Khus Kheer Recipe

  • Poppy seeds (khuskhus or posto) soaked overnight and drained 1/2 cup

  • Milk 2 tablespoons + 2 cups

  • Rice 4 tablespoons

  • Saffron a large pinch

  • Sugar 1/3 cup

  • Green cardamom powder a pinch

  • Blanched and sliced almonds for garnishing

  • Blanched and sliced pistachios for garnishing


Step 1

Grind poppy seeds with 3 tbsps rice and 2 tbsps milk into a smooth paste.

Step 2

Heat 2 cups milk in a deep non-stick pan, add remaining rice and saffron, mix and bring to a boil.

Step 3

Add ground paste, mix well and cook, stirring continuously, for 4-5 minutes.

Step 4

Add sugar, mix well and cook till it thickens and rice and poppy seeds are fully cooked.

Step 5

Add cardamom powder and mix well and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Step 6

Serve hot garnished with almond and pistachio slices.

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