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African Sweet Rice [Vegan]

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Hundreds of countries have their own version of rice pudding. This recipe, influenced by rice pudding originating from Central African cuisine, is very simple. It includes coconut milk, lemon zest, sugar, and warm notes of cinnamon. Enjoy it at any temperature for a light treat.

African Sweet Rice [Vegan]

This Recipe is :

Dairy Free Vegan


  • 5 cups coconut milk
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 1/4 cups white rice
  • A pinch of salt
  • Ground cinnamon, to taste


  1. Cook the rice, according to the instructions for the type of rice you’re using, with a pinch of salt, the cinnamon stick, and half the lemon zest.
  2. Once the rice is cooked, add the coconut milk, sugar and the remaining lemon zest.
  3. Bring to a boil and boil over low heat until creamy, gently stirring regularly, about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and serve in bowls. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon. Serve hot, warm, or cold.





Vegan versions of authentic and traditional recipes from countries all across the globe. Mike is the co-founder of 196 flavors, the bilingual world cuisine blog of reference that features authentic and traditional recipes from the 196 countries on our planet, along with the history behind them. He is nicknamed “the daredevil” by his friends, as he is constantly in search of unusual recipes and techniques with impossible to find ingredients. Some would say he lost his hair finding all these recipes with unpronounceable names, but he’s been bald for a while already. The daredevil is always pushing the envelope, whether it is with humor or culinary surprises.



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