Recipe: Coconut Milk Rice Pudding

Last updated: 28 Aug 2023  |  124 Views  | 

Recipe: Coconut Milk Rice Pudding

Coconut milk rice pudding is a delightful dessert made by cooking rice in coconut milk, along with sweeteners and flavorings. In this dish, rice is simmered until it softens and absorbs the creamy coconut milk. It's often sweetened with sugar, condensed milk, or other sweeteners, and can include spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom for added flavor.

The coconut milk not only contributes to the creamy texture but also imparts a rich coconut essence to the pudding. As the rice cooks and absorbs the flavors, the pudding becomes thick and velvety. It's a popular dessert in many cuisines, particularly in regions where coconut is abundant, such as Southeast Asia and parts of the Caribbean. Coconut milk rice pudding can be served warm or chilled and is often garnished with nuts, fruits, or additional coconut flakes for extra taste and texture.

1 cup Arborio rice (or any short-grain rice)
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups water
1/2 cup granulated sugar (adjust to taste)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional)
Ground cinnamon or nutmeg for garnish


1. In a medium-sized pot, combine the coconut milk, water, and rice. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer over medium heat.

2. Reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Let the rice cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

3. After 20 minutes, the rice should have absorbed most of the liquid. Add the granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir well to combine.

4. If you're using raisins or dried cranberries, stir them into the rice pudding at this point.

5. Continue to cook the rice pudding on low heat, uncovered, for another 10-15 minutes. Stir frequently to ensure that the rice doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot.

6. The rice pudding is ready when the rice is soft and the mixture has thickened to a creamy consistency.

7. Remove the pot from heat and let the rice pudding cool slightly. It will continue to thicken as it cools.

8. Once cooled a bit, spoon the rice pudding into serving bowls.

9. Sprinkle ground cinnamon or nutmeg on top of each serving for extra flavor and a decorative touch.

10. Serve the coconut milk rice pudding warm or chilled, depending on your preference.

11. Enjoy your comforting and creamy coconut milk rice pudding as a delightful dessert or a sweet snack!

Feel free to personalize this recipe by adding chopped nuts, fresh fruit, or other toppings of your choice. The coconut milk adds a rich and indulgent flavor to the rice pudding, making it a comforting treat.

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