Sweet Rice Pudding for Easter and Christmas

Arroz Doce de Páscoa e Natal
By Maxx Fildago.
Recipe is translated from Portuguese to English.
Fresh, Portuguese ingredients are encouraged. In southeastern MA, there are many Portuguese markets to find ingredients. Recipe can be made with non-dairy milks and flan powder instead of eggs for vegans. Time: 45 minutes.
Read the story behind this recipe here.
Servings 12 (4-ounce portions)


  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Peel of 1 lemon grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cups milk (or non-dairy milk) plus 2 tablespoons warm milk (or non-dairy milk)
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 3 egg yolks (or vegan Boca Doce flan Caramel packet)
  • Cinnamon to taste and decorate


  • Bring water, rice, lemon, and salt to boil. Lower heat, simmer for 5 minutes until rice swells.
  • Add butter, 3 cups milk, and sugar. Mix, bring to boil. Once boiled,bring to medium-low heat. Simmer until cooked thoroughly and rice congeals. Mixcontinuously to avoid burning. Taste to check rice.
  • Mix egg yolks with 2 tablespoons of warm milk. Mix into rice quickly toavoid cooking egg. Same instruction for flan powder alternative.
  • Continue cooking for five minutes. Take from heat, let sit for twominutes. Portion into bowls or ladle onto platter. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Mixturewill firm up when cooling.


Maxx Fildago learned from his grandmother to be fiercely protective of his legacy. He wrote this piece to share the lessons of generational cooking and to encourage others to keep their family gastronomic traditions alive.