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Rice Pudding Recipe - Rizogalo

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Rice Pudding Recipe - Rizogalo

Greek Rice Pudding - Rizogalo

Photo © Lynn Livanos Athan
Greek rice pudding is thick and creamy and it is a definite treat. It takes quite a bit of stirring action to thicken properly, but the end result is really worth the effort.

A Note About the Rice: Rice pudding devotees are quite emphatic about the kind of rice they use. One of my Aunts insists that her brand of long grain rice is the only way to go.

I have found that my best results come from using a short, round grain rice. The Greeks call this pudding rice “glace” (glah-seh) and it resembles Arborio rice in its appearance. You can try the recipe with both a long and short grain rice and decide which you prefer.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 (4 oz.) servings


  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 quart milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup rice (see above)
  • 3 inch strip of lemon rind
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten well
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ground cinnamon for serving


In a large saucepan over medium high heat, melt the butter. Add the milk and pinch of salt and bring to a boil.

Add the rice and lemon rind and boil for approximately 25 minutes stirring frequently to prevent rice from sticking to the bottom of the pot. You want the rice to be tender but not mushy.

When the rice is cooked, remove the lemon rind and stir in the sugar.

Add about a cup of the warm milk mixture to the beaten eggs to temper them and prevent them from curdling.

Reduce the heat to low and add the egg – milk mixture into the pot, stirring constantly and continue to cook until the mixture begins to thicken. Remove the pot from the heat, stir in the vanilla extract and cool.

To serve, dust with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon. You can enjoy this recipe at room temperature or chilled.

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