It is moving into Autumn. The other day a friend asked whether I was enjoying the cold weather. My answer? I must be. I am cooking rice pudding.
We have been making this for a long time. It was first cooked in my kitchen in 2003, by my Greek friend, Lia who was staying with me at that time. It was a great hit. This time, I added a vanilla bean and, at the last minute, a very small sprig of rosemary. These adjustments are optional but make a lovely difference.
Rizogalo | Greek Rice Pudding
1 litre milk
75 g jaggery or castor sugar
5cm piece orange rind
0.25 vanilla bean (optional)
1 small tip of rosemary sprig (optional)
100 g short grain rice
1 Tblspn custard powder
0.25 cup milk, extra
Combine milk, sugar and orange rind in pan. If using the vanilla bean, split it in two lengthwise and scrape the seeds into the milk. Add the bean to the milk with the tip of the rosemary sprig if using.
Stir the milk constantly over heat without boiling, until sugar is dissolved. Then bring to the boil, add rice and simmer uncovered for 30 – 40 minutes or until rice is tender. Stir occasionally.
Remove rind, vanilla bean pod and rosemary sprig. Stir in custard powder blended with the extra milk and stir over heat until mixture boils and thickens.
Pour mixture into serving bowls and sprinkle liberally with cinnamon. Serve hot, warm or cold.
recipe notes and alternatives
Add some lime syrup and fruit to this recipe to make Pandan Rice Pudding with Lime Syrup.
We have also Warm Rice Pudding with Star Anise Sauce for a visually stunning dessert.