4 from 2 votes

Milk Tea Rice Pudding

Ultra-creamy and not too sweet, this rice pudding gets a flavor boost from rice cooked in black tea, all topped with a dollop of sweetened condensed milk. 
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: The Bojon Gourmet


  • 2/3 cup uncooked short- or medium-grain white rice (such as arborio), (135 g)
  • 2 cups brewed strong black tea (such as Ceylon, Keemun, or English Breakfast; use 4 teabags), (475 ml)
  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk (more if needed, divided use), (415 ml)
  • 1/3 cup organic granulated sugar, (65 g)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk or sweetened condensed coconut milk, to taste, (120 ml)
  • seasonal fruit for serving (optional)


  • In a medium saucepan, combine the rice and tea. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, covered, until the rice is nearly done, about 20 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups milk and all of the sugar and salt. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until thick and creamy, 15-20 more minutes. Add additional milk if the pudding becomes too thick.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/4 cup milk with the egg. Add 1/4 cup of the hot rice mixture to the bowl and whisk again (this keeps the egg from scrambling when added to the hot pudding).
  • Stir the egg mixture into the pot and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until it thickens to your liking, about 2 more minutes. Stir in the butter.
  • Serve the pudding warm or cold with a spoonful of sweetened condensed milk and fruit if you like.


Adapted from A Common Table.
To make this into a classic rice pudding, cook the rice in water instead of brewed tea and add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon along with the butter.
Nutritional values are based on one of four servings.


Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 215mg | Potassium: 287mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 2.5mg
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