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Rice Pudding with Cardamom Pods and Figs

Look no further for a rice pudding recipe. Making rice pudding with cardamom pods lets the spice infuse into the creamy dessert, simmered with dried figs.
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Rice Pudding Recipe, rice pudding with cardamom pods
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 301kcal


  • 1/4 tsp table salt
  • 1 cup rice medium grain white, or large grain white
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom (or 4 cardamom pods)
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 1/2 cups half and half
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs chopped


  • Bring 2 cups water to boil in large, heavy-bottomed pot (at least 3 quarts) or small soup kettle (4 to 5 quarts). Stir in salt and rice; cover and simmer over low heat, stirring once or twice until water is almost fully absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Add milk, half-and-half, sugar and cardamom pods if using. (If using ground cardamom, add after cooking). Increase heat to medium-high to bring to simmer, then reduce heat to maintain simmer. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, until mixture starts to thicken, about 30 minutes. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook, stirring every couple of minutes to prevent sticking and scorching, until a spoon is just able to stand up in the pudding, about 15 minutes longer.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract, dried figs, and cardamom. Cool and serve at room temperature or chilled. (Can be covered with plastic wrap on surface of pudding and then refrigerated up to 2 days.)


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Recipe credit: America’s Test Kitchen.


Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 138mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 176mg | Iron: 0.3mg