Golden milk rice pudding

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Golden milk rice pudding made with leftover rice and spiced with turmeric, ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon, served with poached pear

My love of rice is real. Ask my mother. She will attest to the fact that when I was a teenager, my favourite lunch was boiled rice served with salted butter. I kid you not. I love rice so much that when I’m eating a meal that includes rice, I will eat everything around the rice and save the rice (the best part) for last.

At the beginning of the week, I make a big batch of rice for lunches which are often rice bowls, like burrito, poke or sushi bowls. I always store the cooked rice in the fridge in an air-tight container. It stores well for a week or so. It makes throwing together lunches every day a breeze when you have rice already cooked and ready to go.

Spices to make golden milk rice pudding include turmeric, ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon

What type of rice should you use for rice pudding?

Because of my love of rice, I tend to buy a lot of rice (considering I only have myself to feed). I like to buy many different varieties and always have a couple in my pantry at all times (you know, for rice emergencies). Lately, I’ve been buying a lot of Calrose rice which is a medium grain rice grown in the United States (the Calrose variety was developed in California, thus the prefix “Cal”). Canada doesn’t grow rice, so the closest thing to local rice would be the rice we import from the United States. Works for me! Calrose rice makes an excellent rice pudding that is thick and creamy because the cooked rice is quite starchy and sticky. Of course, any leftover rice will work to make rice pudding, but Calrose rice is the rice I use for my rice puddings lately.

Golden milk rice pudding spiced with turmeric, ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon served with poached pears

Make rice pudding from leftover rice

If you happen to have a little leftover rice (or when you are craving something sweet), use the leftover rice to make rice pudding. I actually think one of the best ways to use leftover rice is in rice pudding (as opposed to just eating it straight from the container, microwaved with some butter and salt). Making rice pudding from leftover rice is simple:

  • Mix together equal parts by volume leftover rice and milk (so for every cup of cooked rice, add a cup of milk)
  • Use any type of milk you would like. Rice pudding is super adaptable to special diets— use skim milk, whole milk, or any nut milk
  • Add a pinch of salt
  • Sweeten to taste with your preferred sugar. Any sweetener will work: granulated sugar, honey, maple sugar, maple syrup, brown sugar, etc.
  • Flavour and spice as you like—a little vanilla extract or a vanilla bean goes a long way, but spices and herbs make a flavourful rice pudding too
  • Simmer for 10 minutes or so, stirring with a wooden spoon (don’t let it catch and burn on the bottom!), until the pudding is thick and creamy
  • Serve warm or chill and serve cold
  • Garnish liberally with fun toppings
    • fresh berries, dried fruit, poached (or canned) pears, etc.
    • maple flakes
    • chia seeds or chopped toasted nuts or even coconut

The great thing about rice pudding is that rice is gluten-free so for those who are limiting their gluten intake, you can still avoid traditional flour thickeners and enjoy your pudding too.

What’s golden milk and how do you turn it into rice pudding?

For this golden milk rice pudding, I used leftover cooked Calrose rice and skim milk, and I flavoured it with the spices you find in golden milk, a spiced milk beverage that is quite trendy and very popular these days with good reason: golden milk is flavoured with turmeric, fresh ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon, with a little vanilla bean paste and a couple tablespoons of vanilla sugar to sweeten it to taste. Golden milk recipes vary significantly, so feel free to tweak the spices to make this recipe your own. Just don’t go too heavy on the freshly grated ginger as that can make it taste a little bitter.

Golden milk rice pudding recipe

Golden milk rice pudding

Make this golden milk rice pudding with leftover rice for a quick and easy sweet treat

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 196 kcal
Author Janice


  • 375 mL skim milk 1 1/2 cups
  • 375 mL leftover cooked rice 1 1/2 cups, I used Calrose grown in the USA
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 poached or canned pear sliced into 4
  • 1 piece crystallized ginger diced
  • 2 tbsp maple flakes


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients, except for the pear. Bring the mixture up to a boil, stirring every so often with a wooden spoon.

  2. Reduce to low and let the pudding simmer until it is thick, about 10 minutes. Be sure to stir more often towards the end of the cooking time, when the pudding is thick.

  3. Divide the pudding and serve in 4 bowls. Top each with a slice of poached (or canned) pear, chopped crystallized ginger, and a sprinkle of maple flakes. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

  • You should easily find Calrose rice at most grocery stores, but you can also order it online from Amazon.
  • For the maple flakes, you can buy them on Amazon.
  • I like to use Nielsen-Massey vanilla bean paste, which you can also find it on Amazon.

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