Paneer Kheer

Paneer Kheer | Paneer Payasam | Kesar Paneer Kheer with step-by-step pictures and instructions is an easy recipe made with Kesar, paneer, dry fruits, and milk. This creamy, luscious Kesar Paneer Kheer has a grainy texture that comes from the paneer and richness from saffron and dry fruits.

To make this Kesar Paneer Kheer at home, you will need a homemade chenna or paneer that is very easy to make. However, you can use the ready-made paneer and crumble it and use it in this recipe. But homemade paneer works best for this recipe. You will also need full-fat milk sugar, saffron, and dry fruits like almonds, pistachios, and rose petals for these delicious preparations.

close up view of paneer kheer loaded with almonds, pistachios, dry rose petals and saffron strands, how to make Paneer Kheer for Vrat

Boiling high-fat milk to the right consistency is the key to make this paneer kheer rich and creamy. Moreover, you will need to be patient to prepare any kind of kheer and have some time in your hand.

Why Paneer Kheer is also called Paneer Payasam?

Kheer is called Payasam in the South India region, hence it can also be called Paneer Payasam.

Step-by-Step Recipe of Paneer Kheer

1. Heat 1 liter of high-fat milk in a heavy bottom pan.

boiling milk in a heavy bottom pan for paneer payassam, kesar paneer kheer

2. Let the milk boil and lower down the heat once the milk comes to a boil.

heating milk till the first boil comes for kesar paneer kheer recipe

3. Take hot milk in a small bowl and soak few strands of saffron in it.

soaking saffron strands fin warm milk for preparing kesar paneer kheer for Upwas

4.  As you can see after 5 minutes, the saffron strand releases its deep orange color and aroma.

saffron strands releasing its color in warm milk for kesar paneer kheer

5. Chenna or paneer that I have made from 1-liter milk.  do not have detailed pictures of it.

homemade paneer used for paneer kheer recipe for upwas

6. Crumble the paneer and add it to the boiled milk.

adding homemade crumbled paneer in boiled milk

7.  Cook it further for another 5 minutes.

boiling milk and paneer together for kesar paneer kheer recipe

8. Now add saffron strands to the milk.

adding soaked saffron strands to the boiled milk and paneer kheer

9. Also add sugar to the milk.

adding sugar in boiled milk and paneer for panner payasam recipe

10. Cook for another 4-5 minutes and switch off the flame.

homemade paneer has blended well into the milk along with sugar and saffron for kesar paneer kheer

close up photo of a spoonful of delicious and creamy Kesar Paneer Kheer loaded with almonds, pistachios and dry rose petals, ready to be served

Recipe Notes

  • It is always better to use homemade paneer
  • Boil milk till it reduces half in quantity for the best results.
  • Use full-fat milk for making paneer kheer.
  • Soaking saffron strands in warm milk is a must.
  • Crumble paneer before adding it to the milk.
  • Serve paneer kheer cold and garnish with dry fruits like almonds and pistachios.

Well, when I prepared this kheer in my house, my family was really waiting to know the taste of this kheer. They were kind of curious to know how would it taste? Honestly, they all were delightful after tasting this yummy paneer kheer. It is nothing short of addiction in my house now. Moreover, I thought the taste of this kheer was a bit close to Ras Malai. So I am calling this kheer as a cousin of Ras malai. To know the similarity you need to try this recipe.

heating milk till the first boil comes for kesar paneer kheer recipe

Close up view of Channar Payesh, Kesar paneer kheer loaded with almonds, pistas, kesar and rose petals, how to make kesar paneer kheer

Recipe of Kesar Paneer Kheer

Hetal Kamdar
Paneer Kheer | Paneer Payasam | Kesar Paneer Kheer with step-by-step pictures and instructions is an easy recipe made with paneer and milk.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Indian Sweet
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 51 kcal


  • 1 litre plus 1 and ½ liters Full cream milk –
  • 2 tsp Vinegar –
  • 10-15 strands Saffron –
  • ¼ cup Sugar –
  • ½ tsp Cardamom powder –
  • Roasted Almond for garnishing


  • Heat 1-liter milk in a pan.
  • When it comes to boil, add vinegar.
  • The milk will separate immediately after adding the vinegar.
  • Switch off the heat and let the milk rest for 5 minutes.
  • Strain the milk in a strainer and collect the cheese.
  • Keep the strainer with paneer under running water so that the excess sour taste is gone.
  • Let the strainer rest over a vessel to get rid of all the excess water for about 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 and ½ liters of milk in a heavy bottom pan.
  • Simmer the heat once the milk comes to a boil.
  • Add saffron strands in the milk.
  • Let it cook for 20-25 minutes on low heat.
  • Crumble the paneer and add it in the milk.
  • Cook for another 20 minutes, until the milk, is thickened.
  • Add sugar and cardamom powder and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Transfer the kheer in the serving bowl.
  • Garnish with roasted almond shavings and saffron strands.
  • Serve it chilled as it tastes best when cold.


Sodium: 1mgSugar: 13gFiber: 1gCalories: 51kcalSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 1gProtein: 1gCarbohydrates: 13gIron: 1mg
Keyword paneer kheer, paneer payasam
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