13 Desserts All About Rice—That Go Way Beyond Rice Pudding

Rice pudding is good the world around (and we have the recipes to prove it), but that's only the beginning for this versatile grain

Rice Pudding with Raspberries

Rice Pudding with Raspberry Coulis

Lighter than most rice puddings, and not as sweet, this Swedish specialty is eaten both as a dessert and as a breakfast food. Short-grain rice, such as arborio, is essential for creating a deliciously creamy consistency. Get the recipe for Rice Pudding with Raspberry Coulis »Matt Taylor-Gross

Rice Pudding Ice Pops (Paletas de Arroz con Leche)

Rice Pudding Ice Pops (Paletas de Arroz con Leche)
Sweetened condensed milk, rice, vanilla, and cinnamon combine for this frozen take on rice pudding. Get the recipe for Rice Pudding Ice Pops (Paletas de Arroz con Leche) »Michael Kraus
Hiroko Shimbo's Ukuisu Mochi

Ukuisu Mochi

For this dessert, from cookbook author Hiroko Shimbo, adzuki bean paste is wrapped in an extremely tender, sticky rice dough called gyūhi. The toasted green soybean flour that is dusted over the sweet is reminiscent of the revered bird, shaded in greens. Get the recipe for Hiroko Shimbo's Ukuisu Mochi »Michelle Heimerman

Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding)

Traditional cardamom-scented Indian rice pudding owes its particular richness to the inclusion of whole milk, which has been reduced by half during the cooking process to produce a thick, creamy base. Get the recipe for Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding) »Landon Nordeman
Sweet Rice Pudding

Tamil-Style Sweet Rice Pudding

This luscious rice pudding adorned with cashews and raisins, is reason to celebrate in Pongal, India. Get the recipe for Tamil-Style Sweet Rice Pudding »Ingalls Photography
Rice Cakes Stuffed with Coconut and Brown Sugar (Yi Bua)

Rice Cakes Stuffed with Coconut and Brown Sugar (Yi Bua)

Like a tropical version of mochi, these chewy rice cakes, often eaten on sweltering Hainan days with a tall glass of coffee, hold a brown sugar and coconut filling. Get the recipe for Rice Cakes Stuffed with Coconut and Brown Sugar (Yi Bua) »Jason Lang

Sticky Rice and Almond Cake (Nian Gao)

Nian Gao
This chewy steamed cake, with flavors of almond and caramel, is traditionally eaten for the Lunar New Year. Eat it warm or let the cake cool completely, then cut into slabs, batter with beaten egg, and fry them until crisp. Get the recipe for Sticky Rice and Almond Cake (Nian Gao) »Matt Taylor-Gross
Sombi (Coconut Rice Pudding)

Sombi (Coconut Rice Pudding)

More like a creamy porridge than a pudding in consistency, this sweet dish is commonly eaten for breakfast or as an afternoon snack in Senegal. Get the recipe for Sombi (Coconut Rice Pudding) »Todd Coleman
Lavender Rice Pudding with Pears

Rice Pudding with Lavender and Grated Bosc Pear

A light-as-air rice pudding enriched and enlightened with whipped cream. Get the recipe for Rice Pudding with Lavender and Grated Bosc Pear »Farideh Sadeghin

Korean Rice Cakes

Korean Rice Cake (Songpyeon)
Korean rice cakes, known as songpyeon, are half moon-shaped dumplings that are stuffed with fillings like sweet potatoes, chestnuts, red beans, or nuts, and then steamed and served with honey. Get the recipe for Korean Rice Cakes »Matt Taylor-Gross

Coconut Horchata

Coconut Horchata
This version of the classic Mexican rice-based drink, which writer Sara Deseran adapted from one at Fresno's El Mercado Super, is made with a mix of coconut milk and coconut water for a beverage that is both luxurious and refreshing. Get the recipe for Coconut Horchata »Romulo Yanes
Banana-Coconut Packets

Banana-Coconut Packets

Coconut cream, sticky rice, and bananas are tucked inside banana leaves and steamed together for a pudding-like dessert. Get the recipe for Banana-Coconut Packets »Todd Coleman
Calas (Fried Rice Fritters)

Calas (Fried Rice Fritters)

These sweet fried rice fritters are a traditional New Orleans treat. Get the recipe for Calas (Fried Rice Fritters) »Max Iattoni