A Sweet Ending

Coconut Milk Rice Pudding with Papaya & Lime

Eating out and socializing can be tricky sometimes. In one situation, you may have perfect company, but the restaurant lets you down. You have to put up with a confused menu, bland and uninspiring dishes and a robot-like waitress (why can´t she smile???). The night becomes less than perfect with undelivered promise. In another situation, you may be in a lovely restaurant where food quality is superb and the surrounding is gorgeous. But well, bad company ruins what supposed to be a great friend union. You sit there, trying to be as polite as possible, thinking “What the heck is wrong with this person? How can he/she treat nothing with proper respect?” I guess the situations like these happen occasionally to all of us… But two nights out in the row like that make me kinda fed up with the whole thing.

But time to move on and stop complaining. After missing out on the expectedly good dessert from here, I decide to make a simple dessert as a remedy at home. This is the combination of a sweet and `coconuty´ rice pudding and the lovely flavors of papaya and lime juice. Growing up in Asia, I always think that coconut milk and rice make a perfect match in both savoury and sweet dishes. Adding papaya, my favorite tropical fruit, is a bonus that I am more than happy with!

This dessert for me is quite healthy. I have cut out the milk and cream from the original recipe and only used coconut milk here for creaminess. Coconut milk has strong flavours, so I think it is more than enough to flavour the rice. The fresh fruit topping is just wonderful. If you find papaya too sweet to your liking, lime juice will help to cut back the sweetness and give the dish a refreshing taste.

A good dessert with a loving company can really make our days better. Don´t you guys agree?

Coconut Milk Rice Pudding with Papaya & Lime

Coconut Milk Rice Pudding with Papaya & Lime

Adapted from Bill Granger´s recipe

Ingredients (for two small servings)

¼ cup short-grain rice (I used premium sushi rice)

1 cup coconut milk

2 tbsp sugar

½ cup water

1 small ripe papaya, skinned, seeded and cut into small cubed

Brown sugar, to sprinkle

2 slices of lime


Combine the rice, coconut milk, sugar and water in a small sauce pan. Bring to the boil then simmer over very low heat for 1 hour. Stir from time to time to prevent sticking. After the rice is cooked, cover with a lid and let it sit for 10 mins.

To serve, top with papaya and sprinkle with brown sugar. Add lime juice if preferred.


I am sending this Asian-inspired dessert to Weekend Herb Blogging, which is hosted by the lovely Susan from The Well Seasoned Cook. Make sure to check out the round up at the beginning of next week. Also don´t forget to drop by Kalyn´s blog to find out more about WHB.

34 Responses to A Sweet Ending

  1. East Meets West Kitchen says:

    I totally agree, and this dessert is beautiful with papaya! :)

  2. Lydia says:

    If I’d ordered this in a restaurant, I would not be disappointed!

  3. Kalyn says:

    Anh, I think this sounds just fabulous. One of my very favorite desserts is Thai Sticky Rice with mango, although I don’t indulge in it so often any more, and your dish reminds me of it a bit. I would definitely love to try your rice pudding if I had a chance. And I agree, a very healthy dessert.

  4. Susan says:

    Ahn, I often think the best meals on the planet are the ones you prepare in your own home. This dessert is no exception.

  5. Retno Prihadana says:

    I agree with you. What a yummy dessert and great photo!

  6. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    Good dessert + good company = great happiness. Your pudding looks lovely, tasty, and healthy.

  7. maninas: food matters says:

    Anh, this is a beautiful dessert! Also, I _love_ your photos! :)

  8. Anh says:

    EMEK, thanks darling.

  9. valentinA says:

    Your dessert looks wonderfully exotic & tropical Anh!

  10. Nabeela says:

    I am sorry your night outs haven’t been the best…I’ve definitely had similar experiences!

  11. katiez says:

    Sometimes the best dessert is the one you enjoy with ‘always perfect’ company: yourself!

  12. Kelly Mahoney says:

    Another thing is that I often realize all too late that I ordered the messiest thing on the menu! Not very ladylike.

  13. eliza says:

    papaya and lime always go together so well, in fact that’s what we usually eat with. a tasty dish indeed, Anh.

  14. Callipygia says:

    I like the simplicity of this dish, tho it seems perfect for many variations to make it “more” decadent. Here is to a life of great desserts & company!

  15. Amy says:

    This looks absolutely mouthwatering! It’s so beautiful!

  16. Anh says:

    Valentina, thanks baby.
    I always need my friends around to share things with me, otherwise just yoghurt will keep me through :)

  17. Pam says:

    Anh, I love coconut rice and have made pudding with it before, but I’ve never topped it with papaya…or made it looks so pretty either!

  18. eatme_delicious says:

    Oh that looks very tasty!

  19. Lucy says:

    God, I had a waitress like that yesterday…Anh, with a dessert as frankly luscious as this, I hope you had someone to share it with; someone who appreciated it’s fresh flavours!

  20. Elle says:

    Anh, this is exactly the recipie that I’ve bene looking for for Sweetie. Thank you, thank you. He especially loves mangos and the rice with coconut pudding sounds very similar to one he had recently in Charlottesville, VA.

  21. Anh says:

    Pam, this simple dessert is surely a winner among my friends.

  22. myfrenchkitchen says:

    This is a beautiful dessert. I love all things simple, which this dessert is full of – the colour, the combination of flavours and none of them fight for attention..a beautiful photograph too.

  23. veron says:

    definitely a sweet ending. I know, when I get disappointed in a restaurant I try and make a rewarding dish to offset the bad experience.

  24. winedeb says:

    Anh, this is “picture perfect”! Your photos are beautiful! And..oh what a great ending to a meal! I bet that papaya just put that special touch on it- Yum:)

  25. Deborah says:

    I’ve never been a big rice pudding fan, but this looks like a wonderful treat!

  26. Cris says:

    Wow! Coconut milk is quite used here too, I love it with fish!

  27. VegeYum says:

    What a great dessert – I agree with the comments. And what a great source. Bill Granger is a great cook who allows the ingredients to shine. His restaurants Bills 1 and Bills 2 are amongst my favourite in Sydney. Thanks for bringing us this delight.

  28. sra says:

    Anh, what a great, and fresh-sounding, dessert. I usually don’t like papaya in dessert but your recipe’s very tempting.

  29. Maryann@FindingLaDolceVita says:

    Anh, this photo is gorgeous! Really.

  30. bee says:

    this is just my kind of dish. gorgeous.

  31. Coffee & Vanilla says:

    Wow, that sounds delicious Anh!

  32. Sharmi says:

    sound like a little Indian:) very nice and simple recipe.

  33. Belinda says:

    It looks so pretty, Anh, and my mother loves papaya, so I will keep your idea for it in mind the next time I come across a nice papaya at the grocery store. :-)

  34. Dana says:

    Mmm, this looks really good. I love the combination of coconut and rice together. Quick question — I see that you’ve adapted it from a Bill Granger recipe, and I’m trying to decide which of his books to buy (I don’t own any yet). Any recommendations?

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