January 9, 2013

Lemon Coconut Rice Pudding

It's been a little while since I've really been in the kitchen. I spent most of December under the weather and the last thing I wanted to do was cook, unusual for this time of year when a toasty oven is usually welcome. I decided to get back into the swing of things with some comfort food, and rice pudding is always a soothing treat. I've been making rice pudding for as long as I can remember, but my typical recipe involves eggs and I just wasn't feeling eggs today. I was excited to find this version by Mark Bittman and used coconut milk to make it vegan just for fun. The lemon makes it bright and fresh and I had to stop myself from slurping the whole thing up while I was cooking (and burning my tongue). A delicious and simple dessert.

Lemon Coconut Rice Pudding: adapted just a bit from Rice Pudding by Mark Bittman in 'How to Cook Everything'
  • 2 c water
  • 1 c white rice (I like jasmine)
  • dash of salt
  • 2 c coconut milk
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • zest from one lemon
Bring water to a boil in a heavy bottomed sauce pan. Stir in the rice and the salt. Reduce to very low heat, cover and let simmer, stirring occasionally, until water is absorbed, about 15-20 minutes.

Add the coconut milk and stir until about half of the liquid is absorbed. Add the sugar and lemon zest and stir until the liquid is absorbed. Spoon into custard dishes and let cool a few minutes. Top with a little grated lemon zest and enjoy warm or chilled.

I have been gobbling this up all day, it's such a calming dish. Little Smith wasn't interested, which actually shocked me since he eats just about everything and loves rice. I'll give it another shot tomorrow, sometimes he's not thrilled by food that requires utensils. I know that at least  I will be indulging in more tomorrow... if there's any left!


  1. I adore rice pudding! We just whipped some up the other day (my favorite winter dessert...and breakfast~*). We will definitely be trying out this version as soon as possible.

  2. Seriously? Seriously?? I just died and went to heaven! Lemon AND coconut!!?? THANK YOU!

  3. MMmm. Someone else just posted a lemon risotto recipe. Where to begin!!???

  4. Looks good! I might give this a try one day as we eat rice daily at home ;)

  5. Not a huge fan of rice pudding, but your pictures make it look almost tempting! Your custard dishes are lovely, too.

  6. Yum! I've been craving rice pudding lately. Think I just might need to make some. :)

  7. looks tasty! your pictures gave me an immediate craving for a bowl of my own ;)


  8. Bittman is pretty much God in our home and How To Cook Everything Vegetarian, our bible. So anything he puts out there I'm always on board. This really does sounds absolutely delicious. Lemon and coconut milk- yum! I've never made rice pudding, but I might have to give this a try!

  9. Mmm! My mom used to make me a milk, rice, and sugar porridge type thing and this looks to be similar but taken up a notch. Enjoy every last bite!

  10. Oh wow. This looks absolutely delicious. Next paycheck, you can come sooner now please! ;)

  11. I am straight up making this for dinner right now as our cupboards are bare save these ingredients. It's totally dinner if I make it with brown rice and add chia and flax meal right?

    1. That sounds like some awesome tweaks! I've never made rice pudding with brown rice, but always been curious since I generally like it better. Let me know if it's yummy.

  12. Just made this. Looks exactly the same as yours (that's a good sign, right?). Tasted of sweet coconut with a delicate lemon flavour due to the zest. Ate it warm, tomorrow we'll have it chilled.
    Can't wait. Thanks for sharing!
    Bella xx