Coconut & Cardamom Rice Pudding

Coconut & Cardamom Rice Pudding- Emmas Little Kitchen

Hello friends! I’m so sorry I abandoned you last week, I was on holiday in Texas with my husband, soaking up the sun and packing away some serious calories (hard to avoid in Houston!). I arrived home yesterday refreshed, and ready to give my puppy some cuddles. But enough about me, lets talk about this Coconut and Cardamom Rice Pudding, shall we?!

This dreamy dessert reminds me of my dad, he is a rice pudding lover and cardamom enthusiast, so I think he will really dig this pud. It is sweet, creamy and comforting, and the coconut and cardamom provide a subtle indian flavour. Best of all, there is no cream or egg in this recipe, making it vegan and much better for you! The first time I made this dessert, I realised that cardamom falls into the “Marmite” camp, you either love it or hate it. My dinner guests were divided down the middle, but I personally love the stuff. If you are still on the fence… promise me you will give this a try?!

Coconut & Cardamom Rice Pudding- Emmas Little Kitchen


Coconut & Cardamom Rice Pudding
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Recipe type: Dessert/Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4-6
  • 4 cups (1 litre) almond milk
  • ¾ cup (160g) short grain brown rice
  • ¼ cup (50g) brown sugar
  • 5 cardamom pods (seeds only)
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1¼ cups (310 ml) coconut cream from a tin
  • Toasted coconut or almonds (optional)
  1. Heat almond milk in a medium saucepan, once hot (but not boiling), add rice, sugar, cardamom and nutmeg
  2. Cover, and simmer over a medium-low heat, stirring often, until the rice is tender (with a little bite) and the mixture is thick and creamy, about 30 minutes
  3. Stir in the coconut cream, and heat through for another 5 minutes
  4. Top with toasted coconut or almonds if desired.


Adapted from The Cranks Bible by Nadine Abensur (one of my faves!)


  1. Coffee and Crumpets says:

    I love cardamom! And I cannot have rice pudding/kheer without it! This looks delicious and I know it tastes great with the cardamom. So, holidaying in Houston??! You must have family and friends there because really thats the only reason to go there! I know, I moved there straight from London many years ago. A lot of my family still lives in Houston including my dad and brother. Hope you had a good time!

    • Emma says:

      Ha! My husband is working there over the Summer (poor dude), but I was actually pleasantly surprised! I was expecting a faceless metropolis in the middle of the desert… I found it to be leafy, friendly and the FOOD IS SO GOOD!

      Thanks for the comment Nazneen!

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