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Rice Pudding (Gatnabour) with Peaches and Pistachio Nuts

Rich, creamy rice pudding enhanced with sweet, diced peaches and crunchy pistachio nuts.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 6


  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup short grain rice

Pudding ingredients:

  • 4 cups milk (warm, but not hot)
  • pre-cooked rice (As mentioned in the first step below.)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • a pinch salt
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest (optional)


  • 2 cups diced fresh peaches
  • ¼ cup unsalted pistachio nuts (chopped)
  • ground cinnamon (optional)


Pre-Cooking the Rice:

  • Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a 4-quart pot. Stir in the ¾ cup of short grain rice. Cover the pot; reduce heat to low and cook until water is absorbed – about 15 minutes. Make sure all liquid is absorbed, but that rice doesn’t burn or stick to bottom of pot. Rice will be a bit ‘al dente’. Remove rice from pot and place it in a bowl; set aside.
    Wash and dry the pot before going on to the next step.

Preparing the Rice Pudding:

  • Add milk to the same 4-quart pot used in the first step. Heat milk until it is warm, but not boiling.
  • Add the al dente rice to the warm milk and cook, uncovered, on low to medium heat for about 45 minutes, stirring frequently. As the milk begins to evaporate the mixture should be thickening.
  • Stir in the salt, sugar, and lemon zest; cook for 15- 20 minutes more and continue to stir. The mixture should begin to resemble thickened rice pudding.
  • Remove pot from heat. Pour pudding into a bowl; allow to cool at room temperature.
  • If serving warm, place pudding in individual bowls. If serving chilled, place pudding in a bowl and place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the pudding’s surface to prevent a ‘skin’ from forming on top.

To Serve:

  • Top with diced fresh peaches (or any other diced fresh fruit) and chopped pistachios. Add a sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.
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