Recipe by: Michelle Pilarczyk

Source: “Classical Turkish Cooking” by Ayla Algar

Turkish Rice Pudding with Rose Water and Pistachios 2 Turkish Rice Pudding with Rose Water and Pistachios 3


  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 170g short grain rice (e.g. jasmine)
  • 8 cups (1.9L) whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 4 tbsp rose water


  • Cinnnamon
  • Pistachios (approx. 75g), roughly chopped
  • Dried rose petals (edible)


  • Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in the rice, cover (perhaps leave a crack open if it is boiling over) and simmer – stirring occastionally, until almost all the water is absorbed (approx 20 mins).
  • Meanwhile, put the milk in a heavy pan with the sugar and let the sugar dissolve over low heat.
  • Add the cooked rice to the milk mixture, raise the heat to medium, and bring to a boil.
  • Dissolve the rice flour in 1/2 cup of water, stir in some hot milk (from the pot), and pour this into the simmering milk in the steady stream, stirring all the time.
  • Gently cook the pudding over low heat for about 20 mins, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the rose water.
  • Pour into ramekins (custard bowls). Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon, some chopped pistachios, and a few dried rose petals.
  • Serve chilled.

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