Arroz-doce (Portuguese Rice Pudding)


“Rice is the staple food of over half the world’s population. It is the predominant dietary energy source for 17 countries in Asia and the Pacific, 9 countries in North and South America and 8 countries in Africa. Rice provides 20% of the world’s dietary energy supply, while wheat supplies 19% and maize (corn) 5%.”

Thank you Wikipedia for starting this post.

Everybody knows my love for rice. I always say my favorite foods are bananas, rice, potatoes and pizza. It’s stupid. I know. But, by now, you should already know I’m an idiot.

There is something special about rice. You can make literally tons of different stuff with it. You can cook it in so many ways. Sweet or savory, bitter or sour, there is absolutely no such food that doesn’t go along with rice. Joana even asks for a side of rice to go with the sushi.

Arroz-doce, also known as portuguese rice pudding, have always been my favorite dessert. It use to perturb me as a kid. How could a dinner side food also taste nice with milk and sugar? Grandma’s sorcery it must be. But it tastes so good. Until this day I can’t decide if I like it better warm or cold. That’s why I always scrape the pan after finishing. That way I can get the best of both worlds.



1 Cup of Short grain Rice (such as risotto varieties)

6 Pitted Dates

1 Liter of Rice Milk (or any other vegetable milk)

1 Lemon

1/4 Cup of Raw Sugar

1/2 TSP of Turmeric powder

1/2 TSP of Vanilla powder

Pinch of Cinnamon (or 1 cinnamon stick)


  • Peel your lemon. Try to take as less of the white part as possible. You’re gonna need the zests;
  • Wash your rice;
    • Once again, I know, I know, washing the rice ruins the starch and bla, bla, bla. Look, I like to wash everything I eat. If you’re not bothered with it and you rather preserve your precious starch and have a extra creamier rice, just stick with it;
  • Pour the milk in a pot;
  • Throw in the rice, lemon peels, dates, sugar, turmeric, vanilla powder and pinch of cinnamon;
  • If your dates are not a soft and juicy variety, consider mashing it with a fork before adding it to the milk;
  • Stir;
  • Cover it and let it boil on medium heat;
  • Stir it again;
  • Let it cook on low heat for about 20 minutes;
  • Check it and stir it from time to time;
  • If you see it needs more liquid, add 1 extra cup of milk or water;
  • When done, remove the lemon peels and serve it in serving size bowls;
  • Top it with some more cinnamon powder;
  • Enjoy it warm or cold;


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Caloric Breakdown:

(1 serving is 1/4 of the recipe)

Tips: Short grain brown rice also works here and makes the recipe even healthier

Blue – 87% Carbs

Red – 9% Fat

Green – 4% Protein

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