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Portuguese Rice Pudding

Portuguese Rice PuddingWhat is a Portuguese rice pudding made?

It is made with cooked rice, sugar, milk, egg yolks, cinnamon, and lemon peel.

Why have a Portuguese rice pudding with a strong flavor of lemon?

Because we add two slices of lemon zest, however, you have to avoid the white lemon zest. If you add, the rice will be bitter.

How to say rice pudding in Portuguese?

It is “Arroz Doce” (Sweet Rice).

Is Arroz Doce easy to make?

Yes, it is. You only need patience to cook the rice pudding to perfection.

Is rice pudding meant to be eaten hot or cold?

It is a slow food or comforting dessert. It’s perfect for all seasons as it can be served warmed on winter days or chilled on summer days.

Should rice pudding be refrigerated?

Yes. You should be refrigerated this pudding if you don’t eat immediately and serve it cold.

How long does rice pudding last in the fridge?

About three days.

How many calories have Portuguese sweet rice pudding?

For serving size with 173 g has around 255 calories.

How to Make Portuguese Rice Pudding

a bowl of lemon and cinnamon Portuguese Rice PuddingRead here the authentic recipe for Portuguese sweet rice:


Servings: 6 people.

  • 2 cups milk
  • Three egg yolks
  • 1 cup Carolino rice (The Native Portuguese Rice, feel free to substitute for another short-grain example Arborio rice)
  • 2 and 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Six slices of lemon zest
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Two cinnamon sticks
  • Powdered Cinnamon

Portuguese Rice Pudding, lemon and cinnamonINSTRUCTIONS

In a pot saucepan, bring the water, cinnamon stick, salt, and lemon peel to a boil. Add rice, bring to a boil and cook on medium heat until all the water has evaporated.

Add the hot milk and cook for at least 25 minutes on low heat, stirring once in a while. Add the sugar, stir and cook for 5 minutes longer. Turn off heat.

Meanwhile, beat egg yolks. Temper the eggs by adding a few tablespoons of the rice mixture and mixing it well. Add the egg yolks into the pot slowly and mix well. Take out the lemon peels and the cinnamon sticks.

Pour into a large serving platter or individual servings and garnish with powdered cinnamon.

Is Portuguese Rice Pudding suitable for vegetarians?

Yes, it is suitable for vegetarians because it doesn’t contain meat or fish products.

Is Portuguese Rice Pudding suitable for vegans? Can I make this recipe without eggs?

That is the traditional recipe. If you are vegan, you can substitute coconut milk and not use cow’s milk and egg yolks.

Is Portuguese Rice Pudding gluten-free?

Yes, the recipe does not use any ingredients with gluten, so it should be suitable for a gluten-free diet.

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