Chai Spiced Brown Rice Pudding

Chai Spiced Brown Rice Pudding

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 50 min
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Serving: 6
This is the ultimate comfort food, sure to cure the blues and even calm an upset stomach.


  • 1 cup short-grain brown rice
  • 4 cups lowfat 1% milk
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup finely chopped crystallized ginger


  1. In a large heavy saucepot, toast rice over high heat, stirring until fragrant and golden (not scorched), about 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add milk, half and half, vanilla, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil.
  3. Quickly add spices and stir to incorporate.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently, until rice is tender and pudding has thickened, about 30 to 40 minutes.
  5. If liquid begins to evaporate too quickly, add hot water a little at a time to keep rice creamy.
  6. Stir in ginger and remove from heat.
  7. Best served warm with an extra dash of cinnamon and splash of half and half.
  8. For a tangy contrast, top with a dollop of lowfat sour cream or plain yogurt.

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