Easy Peasy Puddin’ Pie – Coconut Rice Pudding

All right, my little cooking children. There are no words to describe this week's confection. Except to say that it comes from my Ecuadorian neighbors (who may have made it up and it may not be the national dish of Ecuador at all). And it is comfort beyond grandma's quilt, a good book, a cuppa cocoa, and your best friend.

Let us dive in.

Ecuadorian Coconut Rice Pudding


(This can be doubled. Or quadrupled. Or octupled.)
1 cup rice

4 cups water

1 stick cinnamon

1/2" vanilla bean pod (Please, I beg of you, use a vanilla bean, not extract. The difference knows no bounds, and using extract will make vanilla beans all over the world weep inconsolably. Me too.)

2 whole cloves (little dried brown flower buds, not garlic.)

2 cans coconut milk or cream of coconut

1 can sweetened condensed milk

2 slices of yellow American cheese (I know, right?! I think it thickens the pudding, and you can't taste it. But it is against my principles to eat something that has to be labeled "food"–as in "cheesefood"–in order for me to know it is edible. So I don't use it in the pudding anymore, and it is fine without. But hey. It's up to you.)

1/2 cup coconut

1/2 cup raisins (These would be great in it. I leave them out due to the anti-raisin faction in my  home.)

Sugar to taste (but only if you want to go into a sugar-coma. I don't add any sugar. The condensed milk and coconut do just fine.)


  1. Pour water into a saucepan and bring to boil.
  2. Add rice, cinnamon sticks, vanilla bean (I mean it), and cloves. Leave until rice consumes the water and is soft. (Around 20-30 minutes. Check toward the end.) 
  3. Slowly add coconut milk, and sweetened condensed milk. Stir slowly and constantly so it will not stick. Add raisins (if you must. I must) and coconut, and keep stirring.
  4. After it starts to thicken add the cheese. (Unless you are like me and it is against your ethics to eat cheesefood. Also, here is where you add the extra sugar that you don't need–before you add the cheese that you don't want. Honestly, you should just skip step 4. The pudding thickens as it sits and it is plenty sweet.)
  5. Serve hot or cold. But baby it's cold outside. Serve this puppy hot. 
  6. Pass out with a sigh and go to heaven as your body digests this bit of gastronomic delight.
Rice in the pot with the indispensable spices. Thank you Madagascar, Mexico, and Sri Lanka (sometimes South India.)
See? It's cooking. My lens is steamed-up
Spices in question. Look at those gorgeous vanilla beans. Touch not the extract, my children.
Sweetened Condensed Milk–nectar of the gods. It looks yellow here. It is not. My lights are having issues.
Coconut milk. One can see why I don't make a living as a hand-model. Looks like it might grab you by the ear and take you out behind the school house for a smack with a ruler. But it works for pouring coconut milk.
Adding the lovely coconut–with no cheese, or raisins, or extra sugar. Perfect. But don't cave-in to peer-pressure. You can add those things if you want.
Thickening. Look how luscious.
Done and transferred into the crockpot to travel to my writer's group. My family sort of had a cow so I had to leave them some.  Looking at this is making me hungry. I believe I have some leftovers. I'll just go check . . . 
Et voilá, mes amis! Easy Peasy Puddin' Pie! (with no pie. only puddin'.)
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2 Responses to Easy Peasy Puddin’ Pie – Coconut Rice Pudding

  1. Luisa F. says:

    Hi, this is my first time visiting your blog. I googled Ecuadorian rice puddling and found your fantastic recipe. My grandparents are from Guayaquil, Ecuador and they never hear/tried arroz con leche with coconut but they were game enough to try. I made some today and it was DECADENT!! Its not too sweet, very velvety, very aromatic. I’ve already gotten orders to make it for New Years eve. Thank you!

  2. Janiel says:

    Hello Luisa! I’m glad you stopped by. I got this recipe from friends of mine who are from Ecuador. And I am completely addicted. I’ve made it 3 times this holiday (not just for me 🙂 I’m so glad you and your family are enjoying it! You’re welcome. Have a great New Year.

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