Orange Milk Pudding | Komala Payasam | Santre ka Kheer

The festive season of Chaitra Navratri begins from today. This is a nine-day festival which commences on the first day of Hindu Luni-Solar calendar and culminates with Ram Navami. Chaitra Navratri is also known as Vasanta Navratri and some even named this festival as Rama Navratri. It is the time for both festivities as well as fasting. In most of the places in India, people observe fast on all the nine days of the festival. They do not eat foods with onions or garlic or even avoid the use of oil in it. It does not mean that the people who fast do not go completely without food 😉. In fact there are some absolutely irresistible fasting recipes which taste even better than the normal dishes 😊. 

In some households, people who fast during Navratri eat food cooked only in pure ghee. Apart from that they cannot use normal salt in the food or use normal wheat flour to prepare the fasting recipes. But the best part is there is an alternative for all of these banned items. Anyone can use rock salt in place of normal salt, buckwheat flour (kuttu ka atta) to make chapatis instead of using whole wheat flour and even a special kind of rice known as the Samvat chawal (barnyard millet) can also be eaten while fasting.

So for these fasting days do try some recipes which I have already shared in my blog like 

This year I am sharing another kheer or payasam or milk pudding for the navratri fasting here in my blog. Since summer is approaching, so definitely one of my favorite citrus fruit aka orange will be soon going to vanish. So why not to include these fruits in a kheer for fasting 😉. Well, the recipe is for Orange Milk Pudding / Komala Payasam / Santre ka Kheer. The process is so simple and so easy to prepare as well.

Though orange is a citrus fruit, but still we can prepare the kheer using this. Only things to remember that just add the oranges when the milk is cool. Also do prefer to use the sweet oranges which enhances the flavor of the kheer. If the oranges are bit less sweeter, then adjust the sugar quantity accordingly. Some amount of condensed milk can be added to the kheer. Instead of simply peeling the oranges and then gulping one by one oranges slices, this kheer is a great idea to enjoy this citrus fruit. So do try this Orange Milk Pudding / Komala Payasam / Santre ka Kheer and give your valuable feedback either in the comment box below or tag me as #firsttimercook on Instagram. Lets go in details method of preparation of this Kheer to celebrate the festival of Navratri and enjoy the fasting.

Preparation Time : 10 mins  |  Cooking Time : 40 mins 

Ingredients :        



Orange (medium)

5 no


2 cup


2-3 tbsp

Cardamom powder

½ tsp

Pistachio (chopped)

3 tbsp

Method :

  1. Take milk in a heavy and wide bottomed pan.
  2. Bring the milk to boil over medium heat and then simmer.
  3. Allow to simmer till the quantity of milk reduces to half.
  4. Meanwhile, Peel the oranges and separate the orange slices.
  5. Then remove the outer skin (white color) of each slices and deseed.
  6. Roughly chop and keep aside.
  7. Now add sugar and cardamom powder and chopped pistachios. Allow to cook for 4-5 minutes more.
  8. Turn off heat and allow to cool.
  9. Finally add all the roughly chopped orange segments, mix well and keep in refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours.
  10. Serve cold with sprinkling some more chopped pistachioes !

Notes :

  • Adjust sweetness as desired by adding more or less sugar.
  • Always add the orange segments to the cooled milk.

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  1. Sharmila kingsly

    Looks yumm… Its been in my to do list .. Love the citrus flavour in this kheer.. Yummy..

  2. Vanitha Bhat

    Very interesting payasam; have never tried using oranges with milk!! Looks scrumptious and tasty 🙂

  3. Archana

    Wow so delicious. Tempting me to go fasting

  4. Padmajha

    The dishes prepared during fasting are more delicious than the regular food right!! Kamala kheer looks so delicious!!

  5. Priya Suresh

    Am a die hard of any desserts prepared with oranges, and this pudding is my kind of dessert. Just drooling here.

  6. JollyHomemadeRecipes

    Payasam or kheer is our family fav dish..adding citrus flavor into kheer sounds yumm..bookmark it !!

  7. Meera Girdhar

    yummy .. definitely I am going to try this navratri

  8. Aruna

    I love anything citrusy and this kheer must be divine

  9. Padma

    I'm crazy of anything citrusy….But never ever thought of incorporating it in a kheer…definitely got to try it out….looks yum 🙂

  10. Hayley

    This citrusy kheer sounds delicious 🙂

  11. Uma Srinivas

    We are blessed with so many Indian desserts for festivals. This looks delightful!

  12. Pavani

    That payasam sounds interesting with the addition of orange. It must have tasted sooo refreshing and delicious.

  13. Avin

    Definitely my most favorite kheer during fast. Although I don't observe fast but still like to gorge on the yummy vrat ka khana. 😚

  14. Priya Satheesh

    I love citrus fruits and adding in kheer is an amazing idea. Sounds so delicious and perfect festive recipe !

  15. sujitha

    surprising, Never heard citrus fruits can be used in kheer.. Orange kheer looks interesting and delicious..

  16. preethi'scuisine

    Orange Kheer sounds interesting! Fab share for this festive season.

  17. Jyoti Babel

    The orange kheer is looking absolutely lipsmacking! A great share!

  18. Lathiya

    I love the citrus flavor…this kheer looks awesome delicious 😊

  19. mildly indian

    I love the citrusy feel. when i tried it before i managed to curdle the whole lot. may be chilling it is the way. Will try again

  20. Vidya Narayan

    Firstly i do agree that fasting foods are specially tempting and when it is such a delicious kheer that is scented with the fresh oranges, I bet no one can resist neither have just one cup of this delicious payasam. As a south Indian, I am very fond of payasams and its umpteen varieties. This certainly sounds like something I could try. Great share and stunning images Sasmmita.

  21. jayashree

    I have oranges and shall try this soon. You know, I was thinking like if something can be prepared like this and it's voila!

  22. cookingwithsapana

    I made this Bengali treat last to last year and we loved it to the core. First I was skeptical how oranges would taste in milk but to my surprise it was amazing. Looks totally sinful.

  23. Nisha

    This is really interesting! Oranges in kheer 🙂 We have made rasam with this and loved the taste. Will definitely try this out.

  24. Mayuri Patel

    Fasting foods are especially tempting to me. Don't know why? Love this payasam. Reminds me of the santra basundi we had for my wedding day.

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