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Kaddu Ki Kheer (Pumpkin Kheer)

By Swasthi on August 4, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Kaddu Ki Kheer aka Pumpkin Kheer is a dessert made with golden pumpkin. In most parts of India, Pumpkin is a symbol of festivity, these are used during various pooja like the Ayudha puja or on a house warming puja by breaking them. Some use the white pumpkin while others the golden pumpkin based on their beliefs and customs. Apart from the puja, these are also used for culinary purpose and they are widely used to make sambar, pumpkin halwa or pumpkin Payasam.

kaddu ki kheer or gummadikaya payasam

Pumpkin sambar known as mukkala sambhar is prepared in most temples offering meals during festive occasions and it is also prepared in many households too in Andhra.

Even in North India, navratri kaddu or kaddu ki sabzi, kaddu ki kheer and kaddu ka halwa are prepared to consume during vrat or fasting.

Today I am sharing a simple kaddu ki kheer recipe & it tastes simply delicious. It can be prepared during any festive occasion. It is creamy and delicious with a great aroma.

Kaddu ki kheer also makes a great after meal dessert or a summer dessert when chilled and served.

I have used red pumpkin to make this kheer. I often feel grating pumpkin is a difficult task. This recipe does not require grating it since pumpkin is cooked as is after chopping to large pieces.

The below mentioned pumpkin kheer recipe yields a smooth and creamy kheer that anyone will like. But if you feel it is a tedious process to cook the pumpkin and grind. You can follow the variation mentioned in the recipe below.

pumpkin for kaddu ki kheer

How to Make Kaddu Ki Kheer (Stepwise Photos)

1. Wash pumpkin and cut to half or a size that is comfortable to you. Add water to a pressure cooker, place the pumpkin in a bowl.

cleaning pumpkin for payasam

2. Pressure cook for 1 whistle on a medium flame.

cooking kaddu for pumpkin kheer recipe

3. When the pressure goes off, take the pumpkin out and scoop off the pulp. Discard the skin.

scooping the pulp to make pumpkin kheer recipe

4. Add it to a blender along with milk, sugar, elaichi and saffron. You can also skip this step, but since pumpkin has lot of fiber this helps to break down the fibers well.

blending pulp milk for pumpkin payasam

5. Make a smooth puree. If you do not want to make a puree, mash it well to smooth.

smooth puree

6. Rinse sabudana well and cook it in water until soft. This step is optional. You can skip using it but it adds volume and thickens the payasam.

cooking sabudana for pumpkin payasam recipe

7. We need to cook until the sabudana turns transparent.


8. Add the pureed pumpkin together with milk, cardamom, sugar and saffron. You can also add rose water to this.

cooking pumpkin kheer on a low heat

9. Boil on a low to medium flame until it begins to bubble up. Ghee fry cashews and raisins in a pan and add them to the kheer.

garnishing pumpkin payasam with nuts
pumpkin kheer

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gummadikaya payasam recipe

Kaddu Ki Kheer (Pumpkin Kheer)

Indian pumpkin dessert made with golden pumpkin, milk and sugar. This tastes delicious and is simple to make
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 350 grams pumpkin (half of a medium sized pumpkin)
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ to ½ cup Sugar (adjust to suit your taste)
  • tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 pinch saffron strands (optional)
  • 3 tbsp sago / saggubiyam
  • rose water Few drops (optional)
  • 2 tbsp ghee adjust
  • raisins Few
  • dried coconut Few pieces (optional)
  • cashews Few


How to Make Kaddu ki Kheer

  • Pressure cook pumpkin for 1 whistle. Once cool, Scoop the pulp from pumpkin and discard the skin. Grind pumpkin pulp along with the milk, cardamom powder, saffron and sugar to smooth.
  • Cook sago with 1 cup water till translucent.
  • Pour the ground mix to the cooked sago and bring it to a boil and simmer for around 3 mins.
  • Add few drops of rose water, this is optional.
  • Heat ghee in a pan, add coconut pieces fry till golden. Add cashews and fry till slightly golden, add raisins and off the heat
  • Add this to kheer or gummadikaya payasam.
  • Variations:
  • Boil the milk with sago till translucent. Grate the pumpkin and add it along with sugar, cardamom powder and saffron to the boiling milk. Boil till pumpkin is cooked thoroughly
  • Serve kaddu ki kheer warm or cold with nuts.

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
Kaddu Ki Kheer (Pumpkin Kheer)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 354 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 72mg3%
Potassium 557mg16%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 42g47%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 10130IU203%
Vitamin C 11.4mg14%
Calcium 162mg16%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Healthy and delicious kheer

perfect kheer.. MIL makes it.. but without sago.. very nice recipe

Very delicious, creamy and tempting kheer..

nice presentation swasthi.. love those bowls..

very unique one..

Love the kheer and the styling Swasthi. Great clicks 🙂

Looks so creamy and delicious…beautiful pictures too !!

payasam with pumpkin looks super yummy and creamy dear 🙂 attractive presentation looks superb dear !!

looks so delicious…

This is so delicious and perfect, the flavor and the visuals as well.

Kheer with pumpkin is new to me.. Looks delicious!

looking yummy

looking yummy :)<br />

pumpkin kheer really new to me,love all ur recipes and have tried many dear