Mamamama's Rice Pudding

Arroz con Leche
Arroz con Leche

There is always a story line for each thing we learned in life, and that is the case of the " Arroz con Leche". When I learned that my boyfriend (husband today) really liked this dessert; I run to my home's kitchen to make it for him. My mom guide me and it was done. Later when he came to visit he smile at me, and happily ate it. Later that same week; he took me to his moms home; he commented to her that I love cooking and that she should show me her way to make rice pudding. And she did !!! To my surprise the rice pudding was way different than the one I made and of course DELICIOSO, since that day I never looked back to my moms Arroz Con Leche, I thank my mother in law up to today. Every time I make Arroz con Leche, I can see her, in her light blue camisole, standing next to me and explaining me how to make her son's favorite dessert. Good to explain something, my mom made a Rice with milk like that, because my brother could not eat milk, but up until that day I had not try a different one, except my father's, that it was bad, jaja. He always cooked the rice of the day with-out salt, so that he could add milk later if the rice was not eaten. I can hear his voice explaining and reasoning about that.
Hope you enjoy this recipe, and I am sure my kids and someday grand-kids will.


1 cup short grain rice
5 cups water
stick of cinnamon or 2 pinches of powder cinnamon
2 pinches of grounded cloves
2 cups white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup raisins ( optional)
1 can evaporated milk
zest of 1 lemon
juice of 1 lemon
1 egg yolk
rum or pisco to taste
pinch salt.


1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a pot, cook until rice is done, almost all the water needs to be absorbed.

2. Add sugar, vanilla and raisins if using them. Stir frequently until the sugar gets a bit thicker.

3. Add the milk and stir, and keep checking and stirring until gets the thickness you prefer. (Remember that when the rice gets cold it will get thicker, and you are looking for a rice with a pudding like consistency).

4 As soon as its done; add the rest of ingredient and remember to add the yolk by tempering the egg yolk first, then add the rest of ingredient and mix them together one last time.

5. Pour into a bowl and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Have Fun Cooking and Enjoy


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