Sweet Mango-Rice Pudding


As always, boredom around this house often leads to a bout of cooking.

Add a freshly picked half sack of mangoes, and you’ll have me eating them till they come out of my ears. I hope I don’t start turning slightly yellow…that would be ghastly. Are there any side effects to eating too many mangoes, other than a belly-ache?


A few months ago, I was boiling some rice, and absent-mindedly added milk into the rice instead of into my tea. A few panicked tweets later, I had a suggestion for mango pudding from one @Papav7. I chose to eat my rice with milk that day, but saved the recipe idea.

This recipe is based loosely on this idea from The Cooking Channel. I didn’t have all the ingredients e.g. condensed milk, so I skipped some items.

Prepping the Kitchen:

Wake up early to feed the cats. As they say, “There’s no snooze button on a hungry cat”

Spy the left over rice from last night and get an idea to make mango-rice pudding. Put a huge sticker on the bowl of rice in the fridge, letting anyone who touches/eats it know that they will be evicted. Go back to sleep and hopefully wake up in time to start the rest of your day.

Later in the afternoon when bored, start cooking. Gather the ingredients. Keep a pack of band-aids nearby.

Arrange the dogs in the usual orderly fashion around the floor. Tell them to shush.

The cats are asleep. There’s peace in the middle-east section of your kitchen.


  • 4 mangoes
  • Cup of leftover rice
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 50g butter
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 lemons
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • 4 cookies

How to (serves 4)

Wash the mangoes, and peel them, then seed them. Dice them in small cubes and place in bowl. Feed some of the peels to the one always-hungry dog. He eats almost anything.

Place the butter, cinnamon sticks, some ground cinnamon and 1 tablespoon sugar into a pan (sufuria), and heat. Keep stirring till the sugar dissolves. Add half the mangoes (2 mangoes’ worth) into the mix and keep stirring till caramelized.

Eat the rest of the diced mangoes for your afternoon snack.

Put the cooking oil into the pan that was used to cook the mangoes. Add the rice and keep stirring till slightly sticky. Don’t let it burn.

Remember that you forgot to pick the lemons. Switch off cooker and rush to garden. While there, hear a hen clucking and remember to pick eggs. Walk to the chicken house, place the lemons on the side and pick the day’s eggs.

Get back to the house and place eggs in fridge.

The cats are awake. Let them out through the kitchen window.

Go back to cooker. Add the milk, the rest of the sugar and ground cinnamon, and stir. Let it simmer gently for about 10 minutes, and then remove from heat. Mix half the cooked mango into rice.

Scoop the rice and mango mix into dessert bowls, then scoop the rest of the mango mix on top.

Garnish with a strawberry and/or cinnamon sticks.

Squeeze lemons…oops! You forgot the lemons in the chicken house. Let dogs out. Feed them a cookie on the way out for being so good.

Rush to chicken house and remove lemons from under hen that is nesting on them. You will get pecked on the hands, enough to draw blood. Wash your hands, and wash the lemons. Put band-aid on pecked hand.

Squeeze lemon juice and sprinkle a little on each serving.

Place in fridge and let cool for serving later.