Rice Pudding Recipes From Around The World

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Countries all over the world have different versions of a porridge-like food made with milk and rice, usually sweetened or spiced, and often with added fruit. In the United States, rice pudding is most often sweetened with sugar and raisins. But with so many rice pudding recipes from around the globe, there is no reason to stick only with the familiar. Try some new recipes for rice pudding, and you likely will find a new favorite.

When buying rice for rice pudding, stick with short or medium grain white rice for the best results.

Classic Rice Pudding Recipe (4 servings)

This creamy treat is further sweetened with golden raisins. Use regular raisins if you prefer.


  • ¾ cup uncooked white rice
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • ¼ salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Bring 1-1/2 cups water to boil in a saucepan, add rice to boiling water. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Combine rice, 1-1/2 cups milk, sugar and salt in saucepan. Cook over medium heat until thick and creamy, around 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in remaining milk, beaten egg and raisins, cook two more minutes while stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla.

Chocolate Rice Pudding Recipe (6 servings)

In the Philippines, rice pudding is often flavored with chocolate in a dessert called tsamporado.


  • ¾ cup uncooked white rice
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa


  1. In saucepan, bring water to boil. Add rice, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. In a double boiler, combine cooked rice, milk, sugar, vanilla, butter and cocoa. Cook 20 to 30 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally.

Portuguese Lemon Rice Pudding Recipe (6 servings)

In Portugal, rice pudding is flavored with lemon peel in a dessert called arroz doce.


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 2 cups hot whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 fresh lemon rind, in large pieces
  • Cinnamon to taste


  1. Bring water to boil in saucepan, add rice and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
  2. Add milk, sugar and lemon rind, stirring constantly until the pudding thickens, about 15 minutes.
  3. Let cool to room temperature, and remove lemon rind.
  4. Pour into serving cups, and sprinkle the tops with cinnamon.

Rice Pudding With Almonds & Raspberries (4 servings)

Called riskem, this dessert is a Christmas staple in Norway. Traditionally, one whole almond is dropped into the finished pudding, and whoever gets the cup containing the whole nut receives an extra gift.


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup uncooked white rice
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • ¼ cup roasted, unsalted almonds
  • ¼ cup frozen raspberries, thawed
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. In medium saucepan, simmer rice, milk, sugar and salt until rice is tender, around 30 minutes. Stir frequently.
  2. Add almond extract, then let pudding cool in a large bowl.
  3. Chop almonds into small pieces.
  4. Blend raspberries into a puree. Add sugar to taste, 1 or 2 tablespoons.
  5. In mixing bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form.
  6. Fold whipped cream and chopped almonds into the cooled rice pudding. Mix until just blended.
  7. Spoon pudding into serving bowls, and top with raspberry puree.

Indian Rice Pudding With Pistachios (4 servings)

There are many recipes for rice pudding in India, but one of the most popular is kheer, a pudding dish with a thinner consistency than some other rice puddings, and flavored with exotic spices like cardamom and saffron.


  • ½ cup white rice
  • 8 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 or 2 pinches of saffron
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • ¼ cup chopped pistachio nuts
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 2 teaspoons butter


  1. In a saucepan, melt the butter. Add nuts and raisins, and heat until raisins plump and nuts turn brown. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. In same pan, roast rice for 3 minutes over low heat.
  3. Add milk, increase heat, and bring to a low boil.
  4. Stir frequently, and lower heat to keep milk from burning.
  5. Add sugar, and continue to simmer until milk has reduced by half. Stir often.
  6. Remove from heat when rice is soft and milk is reduced, approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
  7. Add saffron, cardamom and half the roasted nuts and raisins.
  8. Stir to combine, then divide into serving cups and garnish with remaining nuts and raisins.

Orange Baked Rice Pudding Recipe (6 servings)

Baked rice pudding, rather like a casserole, is popular in England and throughout North America.


  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup orange marmalade
  • ¼ cup melted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl, stirring thoroughly.
  3. Pour into a 1-1/2 quart casserole dish.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, or until an inserted tester comes out clean.
  5. Let set for 5 minutes, then slice and serve.

It’s such a simple, comforting and versatile dish, it’s no wonder rice pudding is popular all over the world. With so many different ways to prepare it, you can serve rice pudding as a frequent dessert, yet never get bored.

Last Updated: September 2, 2012
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About Michelle Ullman Michelle Ullman has lived and gardened in Southern California since childhood. A freelance writer, she covers topics ranging from gardening to home improvement to health issues. She also has experience as a catalog copywriter and poet. Michelle has trained and worked as a respiratory therapist and surgical technologist, but prefers to spend her time gardening, and walking with her dog. Michelle holds a Bachelor's Degree from Redlands University in Business Management. 

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