Arroz Con Leche con Consuelo Espiritual

By La Salsa Inglesa

This is an adaption of arroz con leche, a soothing warm drink made from rice, milk, and cinnamon. It is popular to have after work and great for the cold Xela nights.

Arroz con leche is Latin-American comfort food, bringing spiritual solace to nurse those post-election blues; I made this shortly after the Brexit vote and it eased the pain, momentarily at least. Arroz con leche literally translates as “rice with milk”, it?s what in the UK we would call “rice pudding.” Served as a dessert or beverage, hot or cold, this dish is enjoyed throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 5 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • The zest of half a lime
  • Cinnamon powder for topping


Prepare the rice by soaking it in lukewarm water for half an a hour before straining.

Add the milk, rice and cinnamon to a large pan, cover and bring to a boil. Then, turn down to a medium heat and simmer for about 30 minutes until the rice is soft. Make sure you keep stirring the rice so it doesn?t stick to the bottom of the pan.

Next, add the sugar and lime zest and continue to cook over a low heat for another 30 minutes or until the rice is cooked and the mixture has thickened a little. Again, it?s important to stir occasionally.

When ready, take off the heat and pick out the cinnamon stick. Pour into a mug or individual pudding dishes, sprinkle a little cinnamon on top and serve hot. This dish can also be served cold by refrigerating overnight and serving the next day, all depending on your gusto.

My Latin American food blog can be found at AMA’s Alternatives Boutique sells homemade salsas, peanut butter and jams as well as beautiful textiles: 5a avenida 6-17 Zona 1.

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