Greek Rice pudding (Rizogalo)

March 5, 2015

Have you ever tried goats’ milk? Until recently I hadn’t. I have tried goats’ cheese and love it, creating many a recipe with it like pear and goats’ cheese risotto and baked pear and goat’s cheese cheesecake. Recently the lovely people at St Helen’s Farm sent me a lovely hamper of goats’ cheese, yoghurt and milk to try. There was even a spreadable goats’ cheese which is great for sandwiches. I was really interested to try the goats’ milk and it is actually really tasty. Milder and creamier than cow’s milk, it is great for puddings and cereal. I used it to make a lovely creamy Greek rice pudding or Rizogalo.

Greek rice puddingSt Helens Farm is a Yorkshire based farm who supply supermarkets with goats’ milk. I was interested to learn that may people who are intolerant to cows’ milk find that goats’ milk is a great alternative. They find intolerance symptoms like eczema, asthma and bloatedness are reduced or disappear. Goats’ milk is also full of minerals, vitamins and calcium. It tastes nice as well and can be used anywhere you can use cows milk.

Greek rice puddingI have made rice pudding before but when I made it the rice was baked in the oven for a long time. Greek Rice Pudding is cooked on the stove top, the rice left to simmer in the milk until it thickens and becomes creamy. It needs some attention, needing to be stirred lovingly. I stirred it while it cooked, beginning to wonder if it would ever thicken. All of a sudden, like magic, it starts to thicken up and the rice pudding is created. The final touch is to add some sugar and vanilla extract and stir it though. If you wish you can also add some lemon zest, I served mine without preferring it creamy.

Greek rice puddingThe dessert was a big success, gorgeous and creamy, the goats’ milk worked perfectly. My son loved it, but did not believe me when I told him it was rice pudding. He refused to believe that it contained any rice, next time I will have to let him make it.  The little goat toy or Goatee was nearly taken by my dog, but I rescued him and he now sits proudly on the fireplace.

Rice pudding

Greek Rice

Author Alison

Ingredients

  • 100 g Aroborio rice
  • 1200 ml goats' milk
  • 60 g sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence

Instructions

  • Heat the milk and rice together in a pan, bring to a simmer, stirring all the time.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring from time to time until the rice becomes a thick creamy mixture. This can take about forty minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar and vanilla essence.

Notes

If wished the zest of a lemon can be added and stirred in with the sugar.
I am working my way though the rest of the goats’ milk products and have some ideas for what to make with the cheese and yoghurt. Look out for some more recipes soon.

St Helens Farm productsThe goats’ milk yoghurt with honey were enjoyed on their own and were very nice. It would be easy enough to switch to goats’ milk and I think the whole family would be happy enough to do so.

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I was sent some goats’ products to try in return for an honest review

18 responses to “Greek Rice pudding (Rizogalo)”

  1. This looks so comforting and creamy. Yum!

  2. Eileen Teo says:

    I have not try it! Not sure if I dare to try out! Your rice pudding look great!

  3. I’ve never tried goats milk. Tended to avoid it as I’m not keen on goat’s cheese, although son1 loves goat’s cheese, so now I have to check the packs very carefully, as he can only have it if pasteurised. Your rice pudding looks great. I haven’t made one in years. #TastyTuesdays

  4. Cheryl says:

    Love the little cuddly goat ! I have some goat’s milk to use up in the fridge (UHT stuff that couldn’t be used for making cheese) so I’ve been experimenting with it too and using it in place of cows milk in various recipes like cheese sauce

  5. Galina V says:

    Fab recipe! I love goat’s cheese, so versatile and tasty

  6. Julie's Family Kitchen says:

    I adore rice pudding and haven’t made it for ages. I’d be very interested in trying your version as it looks scummy. 🙂

  7. Honest mum says:

    Just gorgeous and all we drink is goat’s milk due to intolerances etc, we love it hear and I adore your Greek recipe too! Takes me back to my childhood. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

  8. Jelena says:

    Where I live, the rice pudding (we don’t call it Greek, but make it in the same way) is traditionally served with ground cinamon. It’s equally delicious on its own 🙂

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