Arroz con Leche / Rice Pudding with Strawberries

[adapted from Bren’s Cuban-style Arroz con Leche]


  • 1⅓ cup plain rice
  • 2⅔ cups water
  • 410 g tin (almost 2 cups) unsweetened evaporated milk (I used Nestle Carnation)
  • 397 g tin (about 1½ cups) sweetened condensed milk (I used Nestle Carnation)
  • 1 cinnamon stick (to be removed later)
  • 3 pinches salt
  • ½ – 1 unwaxed lime peel (peel in one piece, not zest, to be removed later), can be also replaced with lemon, or orange peel
  • 4 – 5 whole cardamom pods (crushed slightly with a side of knife blade)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon to sprinkle
  • fresh strawberries or other not too sweet fruits to serve on a side (I used 400 g strawberries) – optional

how to make rice pudding simple arroz con leche recipe


  1. Place rice and water in a large saucepan and bring to boil, add salt, cinnamon stick and lime peel.
  2. Reduce fire and cook covered till rice is soft.
  3. Stir in condensed and evaporated milks, vanilla extract and cook till begins to thicken.
  4. Pour into small bowls, sprinkle with ground cinnamon.
  5. Serve warm or cold, optionally with fresh strawberries or other fruits on a side.

Makes 6 servings (230 ml each).


Arroz con leche is very versatile dish, can be served warm or cold, with addition of fruits or alone, as a breakfast, dessert or quick snack.

If you are looking for more pudding recipes Michelle has mouthwatering recipe for baked rice pudding topped with nutmeg and Jeanne made yummy looking South African Jan Ellis pudding.

Your thoughts…

  1. I plan to make a rum and raisin rice pudding this week :)

  2. :) I’m so glad you made it! I love the strawberries addition. You should see the shots of the arroz con leche for the book!! I can’t wait til it’s all said and done. Getting ready to look at your papaya in mango and apple jelly!! sounds great.

  3. That rice pudding sounds good!

  4. Rice pudding is one of my all-time favorites. Yum!

    And… I’ve tagged you for a meme, here.

  5. I just adore rice pudding and this looks so good – slurp :D

    Rosie x

  6. rice pudding – the king of puddings!

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