There are some dishes that we call Comfort Food, and rice pudding is surely one of them. Whether you have had a long hard day or a lazy day, a rice pudding will always make you feel wholesome. One of the other reasons why people like Rice Pudding is that it is pretty easy to make, of course, if you already know how to make it.
Even if you don’t know how to make a rice pudding, it’s pretty easy to learn as it is one of the easiest puddings that you can make, even if you have never boiled water. All you need is a couple of simple yet delicious recipes for Rice Pudding.
Here, we are going to list down two amazing rice pudding recipes that are easy to learn and oh, it’s also delicious too. First, let’s know what exactly is a rice pudding!
What is Rice Pudding?
Rice pudding is a dish made up of rice and sweetened milk. As the rice cooks, the starch makes the milk thick and makes it creamy, and suspends the tender rice grains. You can either use cooked or uncooked rice for making the pudding. It is also a great alternative if you use leftover rice. It’s easy and delicious.
Main Ingredients of Rice Pudding
There are a total of five main ingredients of rice pudding:
Rice: it’s no Brainerd that the main ingredient of the rice pudding would be rice. You can use uncooked long grain or small grain rice, but not uncooked brown rice. Although if you are using cooked rice, then both brown and white should be fine.
Milk: almost any kind of milk would work, although the fat percentage should be higher if you want creamier pudding. If you are vegan or want to avoid dairy milk then you will have a number of options like cashew milk, canned coconut milk, oat milk, etc. If you are cooking with cooked rice then go with 3 cups of milk or use 4 cups of milk when you are using uncooked rice.
Sugar: you should be good with the granulated sugar, ⅓ cup would be fine, you can add more if you want it sweeter. You can also go with liquid sugar, brown sugar, etc if you like.
Salt: just a little salt can bring a lot of flavors, try it.
Vanilla: using vanilla at the start of the cooking process would give the pudding a nicely infused vanilla aroma and flavor. You can use the Vanilla bean paste or half vanilla bean at the start. Or you can go with the extract at the very end of the recipe.
You can also customize your recipe by including ingredients such as cinnamon, raisins, cardamom, or dry fruits.
How to Make Rice Pudding – Recipe 1
Let’s first look at the ingredients that you will need to make this recipe:
- 1 cup uncooked short-grain or long-grain white rice, or 3 cups cooked rice
- 3 to 4 cups dairy or unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus more as needed
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 vanilla bean, or 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (optional)
- Optional: 1/2 cup raisins, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Large saucepan
- Wooden spoon or rubber spatula
1. Measure out Rice and Milk
Place 1 cup uncooked white rice grains (long or short) or 3 cups of cooked rice in a large saucepan. Now add 4 cups of milk (with uncooked rice) or 3 cups of milk with cooked rice.
2. Add Flavors
Now add ⅓ cup granulated sugar and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt. Either use 1 ½ teaspoon of vanilla paste or use ½ vanilla bean and scrap its seed. You can also add any additional ingredients to enhance the flavor as you please.
3. Bring to the Simmer
Heat the ingredients at a medium-high flame until it comes to a vigorous simmer. Keep stirring frequently and scraping the bottom of the pan so it doesn’t stick or burn.
4. Simmer Until the Rice is Tender
Now reduce the heat and maintain a bare simmer and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the rice becomes tender and the mixture becomes thicker. It should take about 20 minutes for uncooked rice and 10 minutes with cooked rice.
5. Add Butter and Vanilla Extract
If you are using vanilla extract instead of vanilla beans, then you should use it now. Also, add the unsalted butter to make the mixture creamier. You can taste it, if needed add extra sugar. Use milk if you need it to be thinner.
6. Serve the Pudding
Your rice pudding is now ready to be served and it would continue to get thicken as it cools. Serve warm or cold according to your taste. Checkout this G.O.A.T recipe for rice pudding https://carolinarice.com/cooking/how-to-make-the-perfect-rice-pudding/
How to Make Rice Pudding – Recipe 2
Let’s take a look at the required ingredients for this recipe of rice pudding:-
- 2 1/2 cups (600 ml) whole milk
- 1/3 cup (66 grams) uncooked short-grain white rice
- Pinch salt
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup (50 grams) dark brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/3 cup (40 grams) raisins
1. Cook the rice in milk
Take a medium-sized and heavy bottom saucepan, now put milk, rice, and salt to boil at high flame. After a while reduce the flame and simmer partially until the rice is tender. Stir continuously to prevent the rice from sticking at the bottom. It should take about 20-25 minutes.
2. Mix egg and brown Sugar, temper with rice mixture
Whisk egg and brown sugar in a small mixing bowl, until it’s mixed well. Add a half cup of the hot rice mixture to this egg mixture. Just take one tablespoon at a time and whisk continuously.
3. Add tempered egg mixture to rice mixture
Add the egg mixture back into the rice mixture In the saucepan of rice and milk. Now stir the whole mixture at low heat for 5 to 10 minutes until it’s thickened or about 161°F (71°C).
Don’t let the mixture boil or it will curdle. At last, remove it from the heat and add vanilla, raisins, and cinnamon.
Now serve it warm or cold.
Note: it will take about 35 minutes to get ready and will serve about 3 to 4 people.