Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Vanilla Coconut Rice Pudding

Summer's quickly approaching and graduation is in only 19 days. I've begun thinking about how I'll keep blogging and cooking/baking in college. Perhaps I'll befriend a bunch of upperclassmen and use their kitchens....I really don't know. Any suggestions?

Vanilla bean and coconut combos have always been able to cozy up a warm and fuzzy feeling. Before I could even help myself to another serving two days later, I found out that my mom had eaten the other portions. Sigh..

What I love about this particular rice pudding is that it's not too sweet or rich.You need to make this!

Coconut Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding adapted from here
Recipe: serves 6 - 8
1 1/2 cups of water
3/4 cup basmati rice
1/4 tsp salt
3 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise with seeds scraped out.

1. Boil the water, salt, and rice in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the water has been absorbed. 
2. Add the both the regular and coconut milk, sugar, and vanilla bean and seeds to the pan. Increase the heat and and stir continuously to avoid burning. Stir for about 35 minutes until the rice is tender and the mixture is thick and creamy. 
3. Remove the pudding from the heat and divide evenly into bowls. The pudding can be served warm or chilled. 

- This can be made 2 days ahead of serving time
- Add toppings if you wish. Dried berries are very good with it!
- Instead of discarding the bean after you've cooked with it, wash it off and store it in sugar to make vanilla-infused sugar

With Love, 


  1. I had rice pudding today too!!! :):) Yours looks much more beautiful, I love vanilla beans!
    I don't know what you should do in college :( - the befriending is a great idea! My mom said when she was in college in London, she had a tiny little stove in her room (like the size of a book) and she would make everything in one pot there for all her meals every day, which she said was fun. And on weekends she would go to my dad's house and cook in his kitchen because it was big. And (not sure if it's a lie) apparently it was so cold that she could just put her milk etc on the windowsill and it wouldn't go off!

    1. Vanilla beans are always so beautiful!
      Ahh yeah, maybe I'll end up getting one of those plug in stoves. What a lucky future roommate I'll have d: haha we'll never know if the milk thing is true! Does it get that cold in London?

  2. YUM! I don't normally like rice pudding, but this looks so good! Maybe this recipe will sway me. ;)

    xo Lisa
    Making Life's Lemons

    1. Yeah this was a nice change with the coconut milk!! I hope this wins your heart, Lisa :)

  3. looks very delicious!

    - Janine


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