Spiced Coconut Rice Pudding

By Amal @thunapahadiaries

Rice Pudding

Growing up in Sri Lanka, I’ve never had rice pudding. I always used to think of rice as a savory dish and not a dessert. So, I’ve been very curious to try out this classic British pudding. When I finally did I decided to give it my own twist by using coconut milk together with some delightful spices.


  • 2-inch piece cinnamon stick
  • 1-star anise
  • 6 cardamom pods, cracked open with husks
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 ½ cups coconut milk
  • ½ heavy cream or whipping cream
  • 8oz short grain white rice
  • 2/3 cups condensed milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • A grating of fresh nutmeg

How to make rice pudding

  • Set a pan over medium heat and add the cinnamon, start anise, cardamom and cloves. Toast for one minute tossing well.
  • Add the coconut milk, heavy cream and rice. Bring to a rolling boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and let it simmer, stirring frequently until about half of the liquid has evaporated (about 15 minutes).
  • Add the condensed milk and a pinch of salt and stir well.
  • Let the rice cook fully (about another 15 minutes), continuing to stir frequently. There should be a little bit of the liquid left when done (porridge like consistency).
  • While the rice cooks, preheat the oven to 400 F.
  • Transfer the rice to an oven safe dish. Grate some fresh nutmeg over the rice.
  • Bake for about 15-20 minutes until a light crust forms on the top of the rice.
  • Remove the dish from the oven and let it cool for about five minutes.
  • Serve warm.

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Hi! My name is Amal. I work in academia, where I teach and research in the area of corporate finance. While doing my PhD I picked up baking as a stress reliever. Little did I know that it would become such a big part of my life! I love sharing whatever I have learned about baking with others. I also believe baking is something that can be done by everyone and I love helping people find joy in baking. After all, nothing can be compared to eating some baked goods that came right out of your own oven!

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