Have You Ever Tried A Colour-Changing Dessert? Make Manipur’s Chak-Hao Kheer At Home!

by Mallika Khurana
Have You Ever Tried A Colour-Changing Dessert? Make Manipur’s Chak-Hao Kheer At Home!

For all those with a sweet tooth, this amazing black rice kheer from Manipur will certainly blow your minds. Chak-Hao Kheer, also known as Black Rice Pudding, is a traditional dessert from the Indian state of Manipur. It is made using Chak-Hao rice, which is a unique and rare variety of black rice that is indigenous to the region. The rice gets its distinctive dark purple-black colour from the presence of anthocyanins, which are natural pigments with antioxidant properties. By enjoying Chak-Hao Kheer, people not only savour a delectable dessert but also contribute to the preservation of a treasured ingredient with cultural and historical significance.  

Chak-Hao Kheer Is A Rich Delicacy From Manipur

Chak-Hao Kheer
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The preparation of Chak-Hao Kheer involves cooking the black rice in milk along with sugar and sometimes flavouring it with cardamom, saffron, or other aromatic spices. As the rice cooks, it releases its characteristic colour into the milk, giving the kheer a rich and alluring dark purple hue. The result is a creamy and luxurious dessert with a delightful nutty flavour and a subtle sweetness.

This dessert holds cultural significance in Manipur and is often prepared during festive occasions and celebrations. It is considered a symbol of prosperity and good fortune, and it is also offered as a special treat to guests and loved ones. In addition to its cultural importance, kheer is also valued for its nutritional benefits. Its unique colour and taste make it an intriguing and visually appealing dish for food enthusiasts and those looking to explore different culinary traditions.

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Make This Delicious Kheer At Home

Black Rice Kheer
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Here’s how you can make this delicious kheer at home:


  • 1 cup of Chak-Hao rice (black rice)
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 1/2 cup of sugar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cardamom powder
  • A pinch of saffron strands
  • Chopped nuts for garnish

Follow these steps to make this yummy dessert:

  1. Rinse the Chak-Hao rice thoroughly under running water, soak it in water for about 30 minutes, and then finally drain it.
  2. In a heavy-bottomed pan, add the soaked rice and 2 cups of water. Bring it to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Once the water starts boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the pan. Allow the rice to cook until it becomes soft and tender. 
  4. In a separate saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until it comes to a simmer. Stir occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom.
  5. Once the rice is cooked, add it to the simmering milk and stir well. Allow the mixture to cook on low heat.
  6. Add sugar to the mixture and continue to stir until the kheer thickens to a creamy consistency. 
  7. Add cardamom powder and saffron strands to the kheer, giving it a delightful aroma and flavour.
  8. Remove the kheer from the heat and let it cool down to room temperature. 
  9. Once cooled, transfer the Chak-Hao Kheer to serving bowls and garnish with chopped nuts of your choice.

Enjoy the rich and indulgent Chak-Hao Kheer as a delightful dessert after a satisfying meal or during festive occasions

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