Rice Pudding
Rice Pudding
5 from 1 vote
Embark on a culinary journey with this comforting rice pudding recipe, an enduring classic. Let's explore its rich history, its humble ingredients, and the ease of making this delightful dish.
Rice Pudding

Rice pudding, a timeless classic in the world of desserts, offers a comforting sweetness that warms both heart and soul. Originating from various cultures around the globe, this creamy delight has found its way into countless kitchens, each adding its own unique touch to the recipe.

Despite its seemingly sophisticated nature, crafting a delectable rice pudding is simpler than you might think, making it a perfect venture for novice cooks eager to impress their taste buds.

The heart of this recipe lies in the harmonious combination of humble ingredients – Arborio rice, sugar, milk, and a touch of vanilla. Each element plays a crucial role in transforming this ordinary mix into a velvety masterpiece.

Despite its elegance, mastering the art of rice pudding doesn’t require culinary prowess. With a few simple steps and a bit of patience, you can create a dessert that embodies comfort and indulgence in every bite.

So, whether you’re craving a nostalgic treat or seeking to explore the joys of homemade desserts, rice pudding promises to be a delightful journey worth savoring.

Expert Tip: For a dairy-free alternative, you can use coconut milk or almond milk instead of cow’s milk. Just keep in mind that this may alter the flavor and texture of the pudding slightly.


Arborio Rice: Arborio rice is known for its starchy composition that lends a creamy texture to the pudding. As it cooks, Arborio rice absorbs the milk, creating a luxurious mouthfeel that is essential to the dish’s overall appeal.

Sugar: Sugar serves as the sweetener in this recipe, balancing the flavors and enhancing the natural sweetness of the milk and vanilla. It caramelizes slightly during cooking, adding depth and richness to the pudding’s taste profile.

Milk: Milk forms the liquid base of the pudding, providing richness and creaminess. As the rice simmers in the milk, it absorbs the dairy goodness, resulting in a smooth and velvety consistency that is synonymous with a classic rice pudding.

Vanilla: Vanilla adds a delicate aroma and flavor to the pudding, infusing it with a subtle sweetness and depth. By scraping the seeds from the vanilla pod and simmering them with the rice and milk, you unlock the essence of this beloved spice, elevating the dessert to a whole new level of indulgence.

Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the overall flavor profile of the pudding, balancing the sweetness and adding a subtle depth of flavor. It helps to bring out the natural richness of the ingredients, ensuring a harmonious blend of tastes with each spoonful.

Cinnamon Powder (Optional, garnish): For those who crave an extra layer of warmth and spice, cinnamon powder serves as the perfect finishing touch. Sprinkled on top of the pudding before serving, it adds a hint of aromatic sweetness, elevating both the flavor and presentation of the dish.

Expert Tip: To prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the saucepan, stir the mixture frequently, especially towards the end of the cooking time.

Serving Suggestions

  • Enjoy the rice pudding warm, straight from the stove, for the ultimate comfort food experience.
  • For a touch of indulgence, serve the pudding with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
  • Sprinkle additional cinnamon powder or grated nutmeg over the pudding for added flavor and visual appeal.
  • Pair the rice pudding with fresh berries or sliced fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, or peaches for a refreshing contrast to the creamy sweetness.
  • Serve the pudding in individual ramekins or bowls for an elegant presentation at dinner parties or gatherings.
  • For a cozy night in, enjoy the rice pudding alongside a cup of hot tea or coffee, savoring the comforting flavors of this classic dessert.

Expert Tip: Rinse the Arborio rice under cold water before cooking to remove excess starch, which helps prevent the pudding from becoming too thick.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to cook rice pudding?

The cooking time for rice pudding typically ranges from 40 to 45 minutes. It’s essential to simmer the mixture over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the rice is tender and the pudding reaches a creamy consistency.

Can I use a different type of rice for this recipe?

While Arborio rice is traditionally used for rice pudding due to its starchy nature, you can experiment with other short-grain rice varieties such as sushi rice or pudding rice. However, keep in mind that the texture and cooking time may vary slightly.

Is it necessary to use a vanilla pod, or can I substitute with vanilla extract?

Using a vanilla pod adds a rich depth of flavor to the pudding, but you can substitute it with vanilla extract if needed. Simply add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the milk mixture instead of using a vanilla pod.

Can I make rice pudding ahead of time?

Yes, rice pudding can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. When reheating, add a splash of milk to the pudding to restore its creamy consistency, and heat gently on the stove or in the microwave.

Can I adjust the sweetness of the rice pudding to my taste?

Absolutely! Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar according to your preference for sweetness. You can start with less sugar and add more gradually, tasting as you go until you achieve the desired level of sweetness.

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Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding

by Nabeela Kauser
Embark on a culinary journey with this comforting Rice Pudding recipe, an enduring classic. Let's explore its rich history, its humble ingredients, and the ease of making this delightful dish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine British, Chinese
Servings 4
Calories 204 kcal


  • 100 g Rice Arboria
  • 50 g Sugar
  • 1 L Milk
  • 1 pod Vanilla
  • Salt To taste
  • Cinnamon Powder Optional, garnish


  • Rinse the rice under cold water and drain.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the rice, sugar, milk, and a pinch of salt.
  • Slice the vanilla pod lengthwise and scrape out the seeds into the saucepan. Toss in the emptied pod as well for extra flavour.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring constantly.
  • Once the mixture begins to simmer, reduce the heat to low. Continue to cook and stir occasionally for about 40 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the milk has thickened to a creamy consistency.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat.
  • Allow the pudding to cool slightly. It will continue to thicken as it cools.
  • Serve the pudding warm, garnished with cinnamon powder if desired.


Rice pudding is typically served warm, but it can also be enjoyed chilled.
If you prefer a chilled dessert, let the rice pudding cool to room temperature before covering and refrigerating.
The pudding can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 8gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 98mgPotassium: 387mgSugar: 25gVitamin A: 418IUVitamin D: 3µgCalcium: 317mgIron: 0.01mg
Keyword Dessert, Milk, Milk Desserts, Rice
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