badam kheer

Badam Kheer Recipe | Badam Payasam | Almond Kheer

By Swasthi on August 7, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Badam Kheer – Badam Payasam is a creamy, rich and delicious Indian pudding made with almonds, milk, sugar, cardamoms and saffron. This dessert tastes divine and is great to make for any celebrations or festive occasions. Badam Kheer is made much similar to the popular Indian beverage badam milk or Badam Paal.

badam kheer badam payasam

The consistency of the badam kheer is thicker & tastes great when it is prepared with smoothly ground almonds. The taste comes close to Basundi. Vermicelli or sago can also be used in this kheer which adds volume to the kheer but the taste slightly differs.

This badam kheer recipe yields a thick and creamy payasam which can be served as a after meal dessert or as a dessert in a party meal. It can be served warm or chilled garnished with chopped nuts and saffron.

To make this badam kheer, you can use fresh milk and sugar or condensed milk. Both work well. If not using condensed milk then I suggest condensing the milk for a while till it thickens and then add the almond paste.

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Preparation for badam kheer

1. Soak almonds for 4 to 5 hours in lot of water. They can also be soaked in hot water to reduce the soaking time. But make sure the almonds are soaked well otherwise they cannot blended to smooth. You may also get the coarse grains while eating the almond kheer.

How to Make Badam Payasam

2. Bring milk to a boil in a heavy bottom pot on a medium flame.

milk to a boiling point to make badam kheer recipe

3. While the milk boils, peel the skin of almonds and add them to a blender along with green cardamoms, saffron and sugar.

bending almonds, kesar elaichi to make badam kheer recipe

4. Add little milk , just enough to cover almonds and blend them to a smooth puree. If needed add more milk. I suggest adding milk only as needed. Using lot of milk may mess up with spills.

addition of milk to blend the ingredients for badam kheer recipe

5. When the milk comes to a boil, add the ground almonds. If you like to add vermicelli, then roast them lightly in ghee and add it to the boiling milk. When the vermicelli is cooked then add almond mixture.

addition of almond paste to boiling badam payasam

6. Stir and continue to cook on a low to medium flame.

simmering badam payasam

7. When the milk reaches a desired consistency, turn off the stove. Garnish with ghee fried nuts.

garnishing with ghee fried nuts to make badam kheer recipe 7

Serve badam kheer hot or chilled as desired.

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badam kheer

Badam Kheer

Badam Kheer or Almond Kheer is a Indian pudding made of blanched and ground almonds. It is delicious, creamy & can be made in a jiffy if you have blanched almonds ready. Serve Badam Kheer for festive occasions as a warm or chilled dessert.
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

Ingredients for badam kheer

  • 30 almonds or badam
  • 3 cups full fat milk
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons sugar or as needed
  • 3 green cardamom or elaichi powdered
  • 1 Pinch saffron or kesar (skip if using food color) (optional)
  • 1 tablespoons ghee or butter to fry nuts
  • 2 tablespoons nuts chopped (cashews, pistas and almonds for garnishing)


Preparation for badam kheer

  • Soak almonds at least for 4 to 5 hours. To quicken the process you can also soak the nuts in hot water.
  • Peel the skin and grind to a smooth paste with some milk, elaichi, saffron and sugar.
  • Boil milk on a medium flame.

How to make badam kheer

  • When the milk comes to a boil, reduce the flame and continue to boil until the milk reduces a bit.
  • Keep stirring frequently to prevent the milk from getting scorched.
  • Add ground almonds & bring it to a boil.
  • Cook for few mins stirring. When it begins to bubble, simmer until it reaches a desired consistency.
  • Heat ghee in a pan and fry the nuts. Pour it over the kheer.
  • Serve badam kheer warm or chilled.


Adjust the quantity of milk & sugar as needed, since the consistency and sweetness totally depends on how long you simmer the milk.
Once the kheer cools down, it thickens, so you can add some fresh boiled milk to adjust the consistency.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Badam Kheer
Amount Per Serving
Calories 296 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 106mg5%
Potassium 454mg13%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 395IU8%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 314mg31%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
I made this badam kheer but with pistachios and cardamoms. Turned out amazing. Would you recommend using almond flour? Do you still grind the flour?

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Wow, this badam kheer is delicious. I made it for our anniversary.

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I had a bag of almonds to use up. This is indeed delicious and I can have it daily. So addictive!

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Dear Swasthi,I am a big fan of south indian kitchen, but I never tried to cook it myself. But today was the day! I started with your niiiice Badam Kheer. It was tasty and motivated me to go to further recipes! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Greetings from Germany!

Hi, Swasthi I am your fan of your recipes l tried many of them, all came good, I feel easy to cook likewise this kheer tasted wow! thank you very much.

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Thank you for this authentic recipe! Been searching for a badam kheer recipe that’s close to how my mom used to make. Made it last night and it came out awesome. Was a big hit at my party.

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It came out very well. Liked it very much

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Yummy. I made this and turned out yum.

Very nice recipes ….ang very delicious

wow ur recipes are super and it is very clearly understandable

Hi swasthi i troed it n it came very well… it is very yummy ndelicious

First time at ur spac,.glad to know u in singapore,.

looks so tempting yummy….

Just wow, want to grab that glass and have it rite now.

Love this anytime…Awesome clicks 🙂 Looks so teasingly yum!!

Delicious…one of my favorites

Hi Swasthi, your almond drink look yummylicious. Something new to me, thanks for sharing.<br /><br />Have a nice week ahead,regards.

Wow love it. The nuts and apples really look so very attractive.

healthy drink.. love the nuts topping 🙂

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wow very beautiful….well presented n yummy kheer