Recipe courtesy of Padma Lakshmi

Warm Indian Rice Pudding

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  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
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1 cup short-grain Indian or Italian (Arborio) rice*

1 1/ 2 cups water

2 to 3 cups milk

1/ 2 cup sugar, or to taste

1/ 4 cup golden raisins

1/ 4 cup raw cashews or shelled pistachios, chopped fine

Seeds from 4 cardamom pods

Ground cinnamon to taste


  1. In a saucepan combine the rice and water, bring to a boil, stirring, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Add 2 cups of the milk, the sugar, raisins, cashews or pistachios, cardamom seeds, and cinnamon, and simmer, stirring often, for 10 to 15 minutes more, or until rice is tender and mixture creamy. Add additional milk, if necessary. Pudding may also be served chilled.

Cook’s Note

*Arborio or Indian short-grain rice is available at specialty food shops.