Spiced Rice Pudding

Spiced Rice Pudding  Recipe(2)

Rice pudding has quickly become one of my favourite desserts. With a dense, luxurious texture and rich, creamy flavour it’s difficult to find anything negative to say about it. Some proclaim to dislike its texture, but that’s probably because they haven’t had the right rice pudding. This recipe for Spiced Rice Pudding is the right one.

Containing only milk, sugar and rice at its most basic, rice pudding is as close to a blank canvas for flavour as you’re likely to get. Even adding just a little golden syrup and nutmeg to the recipe confers a great deal of taste to the pudding rice.

Infuse your milk with some whole spices, however, and you’ll be entered into a whole new dimension of flavour. It’s subtle but obvious at the same time. With an underlying sweetness that’s simply perfect for the end of any meal and particularly appropriate following a hot, powerful curry.

Best thing of all? Rice pudding is unbelievably frugal. Some rice, butter, milk, sugar and whole spices is all you need. Even if you decide to use top-quality ingredients – and I recommend gold top Jersey milk if possible – this is dessert at its most economical. Enjoy!

How to Make Rice Pudding (2)

Spiced Rice Pudding

Serves 2-4


  • 70g pudding rice

  • 568ml (1 pint) full cream milk

  • 40g butter

  • 50g caster sugar, or jaggery

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 2 star anise

  • 4 cloves

  • 5 cardamom pods

  • freshly grated nutmeg (optional)


  1. Place the whole spices in a large pan and top up with the milk. Bring to a gentle simmer before removing from the heat and leaving to sit until cool.

  2. Remove the whole spices and tip in the butter, rice and sugar and bring to a gentle boil. Allow to simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Serve once thick, creamy and soft through with a little decoration or nutmeg.

Spiced Rice Pudding  Recipe(1) How to Make Rice Pudding (1)

Cost: Don’t let the memories of rice pudding at school put you off, this is truly an exceptional dessert. And at £1.20 for the lot, you’d be mad to miss it!

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35 comments on “Spiced Rice Pudding

  1. Anita Flowers - House of Angels
    March 29, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    My all time favourite …

  2. Grace @ Cultural Life
    March 29, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    This looks gorgeous! I often make rice pudding because it’s such a quick, satisfying comfort food but I’ve never made it with spice-infused milk before. I’ll be trying out this recipe very soon!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      Thank you! Please do give it a whirl. It’s also great with golden syrup if you see my other recipe. I’ll be doing a baked version next.

  3. Stacey
    March 29, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Mmm, I love rice pudding! I am going to have to give this a shot next week!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      Yes! Please do – it’s a truly delicious recipe.

  4. thekalechronicles
    March 29, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    I like the warm spices in this, Nick. For my last rice pudding I stirred in some dried sour cherries and some leftover mascarpone after the pudding was cooked — delicious.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      That sounds nice. I’ll to try it with some mascarpone! Thanks for the tip.

  5. Becky
    March 29, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Do you leave the whole spices in with the rice while it’s cooking or pull them out before?

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      My girlfriend pointed that out just before you did – the recipe has been changed.

  6. cheri
    March 30, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Love rice pudding, have not had since I was a little girl. Brings back good memories.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      You need to make some – so simple and really delicious if done right.

  7. taplatt
    March 30, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I love rice pudding — especially the texture! Here’s my recipe, slightly different from yours: http://taplatt.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/recipe-rice-pudding-with-raisins-almonds/

  8. lovinghomemade
    March 30, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Looks amazing – love the pot and the photos

  9. midihideaways
    March 31, 2014 at 7:33 am

    I adore rice pudding, and I love the idea of the spices! Nice bowl too!

  10. The One-Handed Cook
    March 31, 2014 at 9:18 am

    This looks completely delicious. Beautiful photos. My kids love rice pudding – I will be trying this!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 31, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Thank you – great to hear your kids like it. Usually, it seems, they don’t like the texture at all.

  11. merrildsmith
    March 31, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    It looks yummy!

  12. nathaliebu
    April 1, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Rice Pudding always used to be my favourite as a kid…

    • frugalfeeding
      April 1, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      Perhaps it could be a favourite as an adult too? 😀

  13. Santulan
    April 1, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Oh this is a lovely classic.. Easy to make, and very wholesome and enjoyable

    • frugalfeeding
      April 1, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Thank you – wholesome, but still a wonderful pud!

  14. Lesley
    April 4, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Thank you for posting this; I gave it a whirl today. My thirteen year old, who usually turns her nose up at homemade rice pudding, absolutely loved it. It’s definitely going to be a family favourite!

  15. DellaCucinaPovera
    April 6, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Oh, I whole-heartedly love rice pudding! It reminds me of being a kid at my Dad’s Mom’s house 🙂 This looks wonderful; anise cloves + cardamom gives me heart eyes <3

    • frugalfeeding
      April 9, 2014 at 8:37 am

      Thank you! I’m going to do a baked version soon.

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