Chocolate Gingerbread Rice Pudding

by Kiran on December 17, 2012 · 25 comments

in Christmas, Desserts

Hello from Bangalore, India!!!

These days are filled with stomach cramps from overeating every single day.

Not a joke.

From paani puri to samosa’s and homemade mom’s cooking — what more can we ask for in a perfect vacation.

Perhaps for more belly space if that’s even permissible?

While gingerbread is uncommon in this part of the world, “kheer” or rice pudding is not. Mix it all up and cook it on low heat, long enough to bring all the flavors and textures together.

Serve it to your loved ones and they’d forget for a minute (only a minute) about the Christmas gifts under the tree waiting to be unwrapped and unfold.

I would love to yap more, but need to run and catch up with laughter and food.

Its never enough. At least, until I say it is.

Until then, I hope you get to enjoy the Holidays with your loved ones 🙂

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  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1/2 tbsp ghee
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1.5 cup low fat (2%) milk
  • 2oz unsweetened chocolate squares
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Garnish: Chopped raw pistachios


  1. Soak rice with some water for 15 minutes. Rinse and add rice in a heavy-bottomed saucepan with 1 tbsp ghee. Heat saucepan on medium.
  2. Lightly toast rice for 2 minutes. Drizzle in almond and low fat milk. Stir to combine, add dark brown sugar and chocolate squares. Cook until rice softens and thickens. Stir every now and then. This should take about 40 minutes on medium-low heat.
  3. Once rice pudding thickens, season with ground spices and a pinch of salt.
  4. Remove pudding from heat and drizzle in vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  5. Serve at room temperature or cold.


What is your favorite Christmas day recipes? Mine would include a mug of hot chocolate. It’s evident how much I love chocolates this time of the year 🙂


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1 Rosa December 17, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Wow, poor you. I cannot eat too much, so I rarely feel bad because of overeating…

Those puddings are really original and must be exquisite!




2 shama nags December 17, 2012 at 12:46 PM

delicious dear..Join me in Fast Food Event – Poha in my blog .


3 Kankana December 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM

very interesting take on rice pudding. It looks dense and rich! Have fun in Bangalore. I miss shopping in commercial street!
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4 Keerthana December 17, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Rice pudding with chocolate sounds like a great combo! Loved the recipe. Have fun in Bangalore, the best city in the world for foodies! 🙂
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5 Sarah December 17, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Oh my goodness, these look so delicious. And you have styled and shot them absolutely beautifully. Can I have one please!
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6 TC December 17, 2012 at 6:57 PM

If you’re feeling full, can you save 1 for me too? Looks gorgeous!
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7 Sophie December 18, 2012 at 3:53 AM

MMMM! Greetings from Belgium to you!!

Your chocolate gingerbread rice pudding looks amazing, Kiran: so festive too! I love it all! 🙂 MMMMM!


8 Kathryn December 18, 2012 at 4:43 AM

It sounds like you’re having a perfect vacation! Love the combination of chocolate and gingerbread and your photographs are absolutely stunning!
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9 Asmita December 18, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Have a wonderful vacation Kiran!
What a great spin on the traditional Indian pudding! I love the presentation. Are those edible flowers on top!
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10 Ina gawne December 18, 2012 at 11:32 AM

What a fabulous rice pudding. I would never have thought to use chocolate – scrumptious!
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11 fabiola@notjustbaked December 18, 2012 at 2:24 PM

I have an obsession with rice pudding but I never ever make it, which is weird. But this chocolate and spiced rice pudding is seriously calling out to me. But as you know life is a bit full right now, so I will have to put this on my make it later list. I have never had it with chocolate and I want to try it! Beautiful photos too, I love the pistachios and flower garnish!
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12 Jen @ Savory Simple December 18, 2012 at 2:51 PM

I need this in my life!
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13 Juliana December 18, 2012 at 4:33 PM

I hope you feel better Kiran…and the chocolate rice pudding sounds and looks delicious…a great way to end a meal.
Have a great week!


14 Carolyn Chan December 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM

That look sooooo wonderful !
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15 Kitchen Belleicious December 18, 2012 at 10:32 PM

this has to be the most creative thing I have ever seen in my life! Love it


16 book table in indore December 19, 2012 at 3:09 AM

Looks Yummy, really wanna eat now…..I think it is one of the best Christmas day recipes.


17 December 19, 2012 at 4:43 AM

Oh how very lovely a combination of Christmas spices chocolate and rice. All of my favourite things at once recently posted..Fruit Mince Crumble Slice


18 Cass @foodmyfriend December 19, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Mery Christmas Kiran 🙂 I’m glad you are enjoying your time away. This looks awesome.
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19 Vaishnavi/aonecentlife December 20, 2012 at 3:01 AM

Hi Kiran…welcome to my city 🙂
Please do try the benne (butter) masala dosa and filter coffee (preferable at MTR or Vidyarthi Bhavan in Gandhi Bazaar area…it’s the speciality of the state!
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20 Julia | December 20, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Beautiful dessert! Love little desserts served in glasses.
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21 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today December 20, 2012 at 7:13 PM

You wrote one very positive post. My husband is away but will be back tomorrow and we’ll head to my family for Christmas. I can’t wait! Merry Christmas!
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22 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen December 20, 2012 at 9:38 PM

I’m with you on loving chocolate, although I think that extends to pretty much anytime of year for me.
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23 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings December 23, 2012 at 2:10 AM

You didn’t bring your props to Malaysia did you? Hope you did this post from the States, hehe. Glad you are well-fed there at your home! Happy holidays!
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24 Raymund December 23, 2012 at 3:11 AM

I feel like I wanna scoop some of those out!
Anyways have a Merry Christmas to you and your family!
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25 Charul @ Tadka Masala January 3, 2013 at 11:51 AM

I am sooo going to try this one. What a lovely recipe. Thanks for sharing it.
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