Mother-In-Law's Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

This recipe is perfect if you need to make a relatively economical dessert for a crowd. I got it from my husband, who was born and raised in Peru. This is how his mother has always made arroz con leche, and it's the only recipe for it that I have ever seen that includes cloves and shredded coconut. These ingredients make it extra special, to judge by the compliments I get when I make it. And since the cinnamon and cloves are added while the rice is cooking, it makes the house smell good, too. (Special instructions included for picky eaters or those allergic to coconut and/or raisins.)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large kettle, boil the rice, cinnamon, and cloves in about 3 liters of water for 40 minutes or until cooked and very soft. (If it gets too thick and sticky before cooking has finished, add boiling water.).
  2. Remove from stove. Stir in all the remaining ingredients, mixing well.
  3. Taste to test for sweetness; this tastes sweeter warm than it will cold, so allow for that.
  4. Pour into individual dessert dishes or disposable cups.
  5. Eat while still warm (not hot), or refrigerate and eat cold. This dessert keeps well, refrigerated, for a few days, though some liquid will separate out on the top after a day or two; just stir it back into the rice before eating.
  6. If you have picky or allergic eaters who don't do raisins and/or coconut but you don't want to omit these ingredients, just leave them out at first, when you are mixing the remaining ingredients into the cooked rice. Pour out portions for the special people, then mix in the "offending" ingredients with the remaining rice and serve the rest. If you are sure to mark which portions are "with" and which are "without," you can make everyone happy. :-).
Most Helpful

My ex boyfriend is also from Peru and he made this for me and it is sooooo good!! I was actually looking for this recipe since he is now my ex!!lol Thanks for sharing it!!

Jennifer 1979 October 03, 2007

very delicious, creamy, thick, and sweet just how my family likes it!! delicious!

roxii3babii32005 July 20, 2008

This was wonderful. I sized it down to 2 cups of rice, 2 cups of water and ommitted the exaporated milk because I didn't have any (adjusted all seasons by 1/3). It was still wonderful and pretty quick. The coconut really makes it special.

Marianneee March 09, 2008