Rice with Milk (Arroz con leche)

Arroz con leche

I’ve been inactive lately.. Because I’ve had a ton of work at the university !! So, please pardon me.

Today, I will post a typical Spanish recipe. Arroz con leche, some say that Arroz con Leche descends from the Moorish occupation of Spain centuries ago, as may be evidenced by the traditionally Arabic mixture of cinnamon and rice. It may be savored warm or cold, though most Spanish establishments tend to serve arroz con leche straight from the oven. If you wish, you may decorate the finished pudding with raisins and an extra sprinkling of cinnamon. I don’t usually put any

Now that summer is behind the corne I would like everyoine to try it cold. On a  hot day. It is such an unusual mix for a desert… but strangly delecious and refreshing!


  • 2 cups (16 fl. oz) milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 strips lemon rind
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) short-grain white rice
  • 3 medium egg yolks beaten
  • 1/3 cup (3 oz) sugar
  • 1/2 stick (2 oz) butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg


In a large saucepan, slowly bring the milk, cinnamon stick, strips of lemon rind, and salt to a boil. With a slotted spoon, remove the cinnamon and lemon rind. Stir in the rice and egg yolks, reduce the heat, and allow the rice to simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring constantly.

When the rice is soft, add the sugar and butter and combine well. Pour the mixture into a serving dish, sprinkle with nutmeg, and serve warm.

And that’s it!

Please comment on what recipe’s you would want !

See you soon!


19 comments on “Rice with Milk (Arroz con leche)

  1. Not sure of the MOorish connection – are they big on dairy? Seems more a north european thng – almsot the same as creamed rice in England. Spices were part of early international trade, so they would be luxury additions to the recipe.

  2. Kumu says:

    Sounds great 🙂 Will give it a try !

  3. expatchef says:

    I looove Arroz con leche…..I had an aversion to it until I went to Asturias three years ago. Now I can’t get enough of it. I am going to try this recipe!

  4. vsvevg says:

    this is one of my Husbands favs too, his recipe is more simple though, milk, rice, sugar, canela, I sometimes substitute a vanilla bean, we eat it for cena(the meal before bed) do you have cena in Spain? thanks for stopping by vsvevg, paz Abby

  5. kassiastclair says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for sharing this – definitely going to give it a try


  6. Have you ever made this with brown rice? I am the new dietitian/food service manager of a small hospital and need to revamp their old menu with healthier style foods. Always looking for ways to introduce them to brown rice 🙂

  7. clinock says:

    oh I’m drooling – great site – thank you for visiting art rat cafe…

  8. Lisa says:

    I love Rice Pudding! My mum used to make it all the time when we were younger, real comfort food.

  9. Skylar young says:

    is this a latin american dish?

  10. My family is Hispanic and we of course have our own version of this. Rice, can of evaporated milk and a can of condensed milk, and of course cinnamon. We call it atole as well. Don’t know why it’s just the way it’s been passed down the generations

  11. I love arroz con leche! This looks so good.

  12. Lois says:

    There is an old traditional English dish, rice pudding which is very similar. My mum never added eggs though I know others do. As Lisa says, a real comfort food! I loved the thick skin, and all the crispy bits round the edge of the serving dish!

  13. Nice, looks yummy…what happens if some little sweet-sour is added…I will try it sometime…cheers

  14. cathyn61 says:

    Rice pudding is very popular in our house so I will have to give this recipe a try. Thanks!

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