Traditional Indian Rice Pudding (Vegan)


This is a traditional Indian staple made vegan! Rich and full of spices this creamy rice pudding will take you on a flavour journey to India.

Fantastic as a dessert after our delicious Chana Palak Masala!

Indian Rice Pudding

Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Soak Rice 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • Sieve/strainer
  • Saucepan
  • Stirring utensil
  • Measuring Utensils: a cup, 1/4 cup, tbsp and a tsp


  • 1/4 Cup Rice (we used basmati)
  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • 4 Cardamom Pods Lightly crushed
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Or leave out if you don't like the colour
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Handful Chopped nuts We used cashews
  • 1 handful Roasted nuts Cashews again!
  • 3 cups Coconut milk Out of a bottle-not a can
  • 1 270ml Coconut cream
  • 5 Tbsp Coconut sugar or whatever you like, this is just a little bit healthier


  • Rinse the rice until water turns clear and then soak the rice for 25 mins. Strain in a colander or sieve.
  • Add a tbsp of oil to a saucepan over medium heat and then add the pre-soaked & drained rice along with all your spices (cardamom, cloves, turmeric and cinnamon). Lightly fry for 1-2 minutes until aromatic.
  • Add the coconut milk and cream to the pan and stir well. Turn the heat up to medium-high.
  • Let your mixture come to a boil. Stir frequently so that milk doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. Once the mixture has come to a boil, lower the heat and let the rice cook for around 25 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes or so.
  • The milk will reduce considerably after 25 minutes and the rice will look thick and be completely cooked. Stir in the sugar and nuts. Simmer on low for a few more minutes until sugar is well dissolved and the rice has reached a desirable consistency. (Don't worry if your rice mixture is still slightly runny, once you let it cool down it will thicken).
  • Let your mixture cool down before you serve and garnish with roasted cashews.
Course: Dessert, Sweets
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Indian, Rice pudding, Traditional, Vegan

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