Rizogalo homemade rice pudding


Rizogalo, homemade rice pudding can be enjoyed hot or cold! This is a favourite sweet dessert in my family, especially with my yiayia! This is nice for little ones too as it is soft and squishy! It is made with rice, mixed with water or milk and other ingredients such as cinnamon and raisins. Cinnamon and vanilla pods can be added to make it sweet. I used Arborio rice for this which is available in many supermarkets.



This Rizogalo is a lovely comforting filling rice pudding, that is perfect for a breakfast, midday filler, or evening dessert.

For another greek sweet dessert why not try my custard pie or my karidopita walnut cake.

Recipe for Rizogolo homemade rice pudding below!


Greek style rice pudding, rizogolo. 

Keyword dessert, greek, rice pudding, rizogolo, sweet
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author The Gluten Free Greek


  • 1 litre whole milk
  • 75 g caster sugar
  • 5 cm band of orange rind
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla pod or 1 tbsp of custard powder If using custard powder you will need to blend with 60ml milk first
  • sprinkle of ground cinnamon
  • 100 g arborio short grain rice


  1. Boil rice with half a litre of water until rice is soft, then drain and leave to cool. 

  2. In a saucepan, add 1 litre of milk, sugar, orange rind and vanilla extract or vanilla pod. 

  3. Stir constantly over a moderate heat, without boiling, until sugar is dissolved. 

  4. Add cooked rice and cook for a further 10 to 15 minutes. Stir occasionally so that it doesn't burn at the bottom. If you are using custard powder, remove the rind and then blend with the rest of the milk. 

  5. To serve, sprinkle with cinnamon and eat hot or cold. This is not suitable to freeze, but can be made a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator. 

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