{recipe} Rizogalo - Greek rice pudding

Another family favourite that tends to get requested as the weather starts too cool. This is a traditional Greek recipe, but I find it is very similar to the English version that my Aussie/English Nanna used to make (except for the cloves). Very simple to make (I like it simple) and tastes great warm or cold.


4 cups milk (I  used 1 cup powdered milk and 4 cups water mixed)
1 cup long grain rice (uncooked)
3/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons butter
1 cinnamon stick (used 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon if you don't have a stick)
3 whole cloves (or use a good pinch of ground cloves) I did this today
3 eggs slightly beaten

In a large saucepan add the rice and about 2 cups water. Bring to the boil (don't stir), then turn down to simmer and place lid on pot. Simmer until rice is almost tender.

Add milk, sugar, butter, cinnamon and cloves and bring back to the simmer. Stir frequently.

When mixture looks thickened, remove cinnamon stick and cloves.

Take about 1/4 cup of hot pudding mixture and add to beaten eggs. Stir and repeat. Then add egg mixture to pot and stir to thicken and mixed thoroughly. This prevents scrambled eggs!

Pour pudding into large serving dish or individual bowls and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.

Let cool and serve warm or chill and serve cold.


Linking to

Good Life Wednesdays

Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

Simply Delish Saturday


  1. Yummo, I love Rice Pudding....What a fantastic photo at the end ....the one of the cinnamon :) xx

  2. mmm- you've done it again! Must eat rice pudding!!!


  3. That looks delish. Thanks for sharing the recipe at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays!

  4. I found you through Savvy's linky. I have really been wanting to make rice pudding for the first time ever. I have been looking for recipes, and they all want cinnamon sticks (so thanks for clarifying that powder was also acceptable). Why do you use powdered milk?
    I hope you'll check out my blog at http://withoutcomplexities.blogspot.com

    have a great weekend!

  5. Hi there-
    I have been thinking about making some for the first time! Thanks for the easy instructions. I'm glad that I don't ahve to use a cinnamon stick (I know it might be better, but I'm just not feeling it).
    I hope you'll find time to check out my blog at http://withoutcomplexities.blogpost.com

    Have a great weekend!

  6. Hi Marnie,
    Now you are really after my heart. I just love rice pudding. Your Greek Rice Pudding looks so delicious! Great recipe! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday, have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. This looks so tasty!! I love the clove and cinnamon combo!!

    This would be perfect for my Foodie Friday linky party - stop by this week and link up!

  8. Your greek rice pudding recipe looks really delish! I really like your blog and am now following. Hope you have time to check mine out!

    ciao from Newport Beach :)

  9. I love you for posting this! I'm not Greek but grew up in an area with a heavy Greek population. Their rice pudding is one of my favorites! This looked so simple too so right up my alley. Bookmarking for future to-dos!

  10. :) Marnie, I'm stopping by to say that I would like to pass on a 'Versatile Blogger' Award to you, as I enjoy coming back to your blog again and again! Hope you will enjoy sharing the award, but if it's not your cup of tea, I won't be offended ( No pressure) xx Ava

  11. Looks delish!
    We'd love for you to share this recipe with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

  12. I should make this as a nice gluten free dish.

  13. Yum! I can practically taste the sweet creaminess!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  14. This was one of the best rice pudding recipes ever! Thank you!

  15. This is one of the best rice pudding recipes ever!

  16. Hi there. The current Food on Friday is all about Rice and other grains! So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Wishing you a very happy New Year!

  17. Marnie, thank you for linking this in to Food on Friday. We are now getting quite a collection of rice/grain dishes together. Do stop by some of the other links to check them out!

    Ps I have just signed up to follow your blog. A follow back to Carole's Chatter would be wonderful – or have you already followed? Cheers

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