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11 of the World's Best Rice Puddings

Creamy, luscious rice pudding is everywhere! So join us as we hit the top stops on our world tour of rice puddings!

As delicious treats go, rice pudding's a triple threat -- it's super-easy to make, very versatile (as these recipes show), and a genius way to use up leftover rice. So make extra rice, it's time for a trip around the world in a rice-pudding bowl.

1. Kheer (Rice Pudding)

This India-inspired basmati rice pudding is made with coconut milk, raisins, cardamom, and toasted almonds and pistachios. "This is a very flavorful Indian rice pudding," says PATRICK7. "It's the best rice pudding I've ever had, and very easy to make!"

Kheer (Rice Pudding)

Photo by Michelle Marques

2. Arroz con Leche

"This Arroz con Leche is the Cuban version of rice pudding," says gator10. "It's richer and sweeter than regular rice pudding. Being Cuban myself, I prefer this version of this delicious dessert to any other. Before serving, sprinkle with cinnamon or garnish with a cinnamon stick, for flair."

Arroz con Leche

Photo by gator10

3. Scandinavian-Style Rice Porridge

Rice slowly cooks in milk with unsalted butter, becoming extra creamy and tender. Cardamom, sugar, and a topping of melted butter make this porridge real Scandinavian comfort food. "This is a delicious rice dessert known in our family as 'Rumagrit,'" says MaryBeth B.

Scandinavian-Style Rice Porridge

Photo by Diana71

4. Biko

A Filipino coconut dessert, glutinous white rice, also known as sticky rice or sweet rice, cooks with coconut milk and is baked with a coconut topping. "Biko is one of my favorite desserts," says Beya. "This recipe came out tasting better than the biko I buy at the Filipino store."

Biko

Photo by dulcemanzana

5. Guatemala Rice Pudding

Scented with cinnamon, this arroz con leche is a Guatemalan version of rice pudding.

Guatemala Rice Pudding

Photo by Yoly

6. Japanese Banana Rice Pudding

"Yummy Japanese dessert and comfort food," says Cynthia. "Good served cold or hot. Japanese desserts are not too sweet, more like European-style."

Japanese Banana Rice Pudding

Photo by Linda T

7. Swedish Rice Pudding

This Swedish rice pudding is baked to create a rich dessert that's creamy on top and dense at the bottom. "A favorite with Swedes in our Swedish organization," says KOKO48. "Serve with whipping cream and/or sweetened berries, if desired."

Swedish Rice Pudding

Photo by SHORECOOK

8. Newfie Rice Pudding

"A yummy, custard-like rice pudding that will remind you of home if you grew up in Newfoundland," says Cathy. "I was searching for years and upon guidance from my aunt and some tested recipes, I fine-tuned a yummy result! Eat this pudding as is or top with whipped cream, tin of cream, or milk to your liking."

Newfie Rice Pudding

Photo by Bren

9. Kalter Milchreis mit Brombeeren (Cold Rice Pudding with Blackberries)

Here's a German version of rice pudding. Garnish with fresh seasonal fruit, such as blackberries. "Everyone loved it," says Baking Nana. "This makes more than 4 servings because it is so rich. An easy, yet special dessert to make ahead for entertaining. Note: Cinnamon would be a great addition and then serve with spiced apples instead of berries.

Kalter Milchreis mit Brombeeren (Cold Rice Pudding with Blackberries)

Photo by Baking Nana

10. Rizogalo (Greek Rice Pudding)

"Greek rice pudding is simple, comforting, and delicious," says Diana Moutsopoulos. "Some people in Greece make it with eggs, but my aunt prefers without. Best enjoyed cold -- if you can wait that long!"

Rizogalo (Greek Rice Pudding)

Photo by Diana Moutsopoulos

11. Portuguese Sweet Rice

Beaten eggs added at the end create a rich Portugal-inspired rice pudding. "My mom would always make this delicious, creamy rice pudding when we were kids," says John Pacheco. "If a thicker rice is desired, increase rice to 1 1/4 cups and add another egg. Sprinkle with cinnamon."


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