Riz au Lait (Rice in Milk)

Rice in milk has been treasured by mothers and grandmothers for generations.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 50 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄2 cup short grain round rice
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1⁄3 cup sugar


  • Fill a large saucepan with water, add the salt, and bring to a boil over high heat. Wash the rice under clean water, drain it, then put it in the boiling water. After 3 minutes, drain the rice and dry it.
  • Slice the top outer layer of the vanilla pod in half lengthwise. In a medium saucepan, bring the milk and the vanilla pod to a boil over medium heat. When the milk starts to boil, add the sugar, and reduce the heat to very low. Take out the vanilla pod, and use a teaspoon to scrape the seeds out. Put the vanilla seeds back in the milk.
  • Add the rice to the warm milk, stir with a wooden tablespoon, and simmer for 40 minutes. Pour in a serving bowl.
  • Serve lukewarm.