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Brown Rice For Dessert – A Healthy Treat

9 July 2010 25 Comments

brown rice sweet

A sweet is always welcome, and if the treat is healthy too, there is no stopping to indulge in it. This delicious and creamy sweet treat is made with brown rice which is a wholegrain and a much healthier option than the white rice. Benefits and uses of brown rice has been explained in my recent article Brown rice or White rice.

sweet with brown rice

I normally used to make this sweet with white rice but stopped doing so after learning the plus points of brown rice. Though brown rice takes a longer time to cook and the texture is somewhat gooey, these are certainly no deterrent in my using these perfect goldmine of nutrients.


  • 1/4 cup of Brown rice
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of jaggery
  • A handful of nuts (cashew, almonds and raisins)
  • 1/4 tsp of cardamom powder
  • 1/4 tsp of cinnamon powder

Method: Wash the brown rice in running water and soak it for 15-20 hours. Grate the jaggery and keep it aside. Take a heavy bottom vessel and boil 2 cups of water in it. Drain the rice and add it in the boiled water. Let it simmer for 15 minutes. Add 4 cups of milk and let the mixture boil for another 30 minutes. Check for the consistency of rice, it should be soft and mushy.

Take off flame and add the nuts, cinnamon powder, cardamom powder and the grated jaggery in the dessert. Mix it thoroughly.

brwon rice sweet


  • To add extra flavors,  heat 2 tsp of ghee (clarified butter) in a wok and fry the nuts for a minute. Add the ghee along with the nuts over the cooked dessert.
  • The same dessert can be made with the normal white rice, brown rice gives health benefits and a nutty aroma to the dessert.

Serve this brown rice dessert hot or cold after the meals.



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  • Priya said:

    Fingerlicking dessert, yummy..

  • rentu said:

    hey thats a nice one, me being a mallu, have loads and loads of brown rice at home, will do this some time soon

  • rentu said:

    hey, niceone, m going to try this, me being a Mallu, always have abundance of brown rice 😀

  • nisha said:

    Hi Sanjeeta…thanks for dropping by my blog and posting ur valuable comment..
    u have an amazing space here and i loved reading your ‘about’ section.
    Would love 2 drop in again..following u

  • Hari Chandana said:

    Woww… looks too good dear.. tempting and perfect clicks.. nice presentation.. thanks for sharing !!

  • Valarmathi said:

    Hi Sanjeeta, thanks for dropping by and your lovely comment. You have a very nice blog.
    Yummy dessert, looks tempting and delicious.

  • vrinda said:

    Yummy dessert,i can’t liv without this rice…

  • Swathi said:

    This rice is a part of my life. You can pressure cook the with them. However in order to cook you have to give 6-7 visiles . Drain the water if you wish or you can drink cold very good with salt and pepper. This is dessert is yummy. It looks like what we get from temples as prasadam.

  • Sook said:

    Oh what a great treat! Brown rice can be so versatile. 🙂

  • Deepa said:

    Looks like prasadam from temple which I absolutely love..

  • Krishnaveni said:

    yum yum and healthy dessert

  • rebecca said:

    wow great idea for a high fiber dessert love your site thanks for visiting mine will also follow


  • Patty Price said:

    Hi Sanjeeta, Thanks for visiting my site, I also enjoyed seeing your recipes and photographs. Your brown rice dessert looks delicious, I appreciate healthy recipes with flavorful ingredients:-) Thanks, Patty

  • RedChillies said:

    What a delicious idea and if it is healthy then it is all worth it. Looks pretty good.

  • M said:

    Great recipe Sanjeeta. My mum makes similar rice pudding for festivities time. I loved the use brown rice. You have superb ideas here.
    And thanks for stopping by my space 🙂

    Cheers and Best Wishes – M

  • RV said:

    Guilt free dessert. Nice idea.

  • Jacqueline said:

    It looks really delicious but I am wondering what jaggery is ?

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    Jaggery is the concentrated solid form of sugarcane juice. Loaded with many minerals, mainly iron, jaggery is a good substitute for white sugar.

  • PJ said:

    very delicious and healthy brown rice snack! i like that its with brown rice and jaggery compared to white rice and sugar.

  • ade yusnita said:


    Thanks for dropping, you have very nice blog. it really looks delicious, i will try.

  • Sushma Mallya said:

    Looks yum..

  • varsha said:

    Sanj! this is so good for kids!
    what I wanted to know was the red rice which is eaten in South India-do you have something on it’s nutritive values??

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    Hi Varsha !
    Both red rice and brown rice are whole grain. While brown rice is obtained just after hulling the paddy. Red rice is processed from brown rice and is slightly milled to get the same. The red color of rice comes from some yeast growing bacteria on it.
    For the same reason the red rice is not recommend for infants for the fear of developing food allergy. But its quite healthy for adults.
    Nutritive value of red rice is almost 1/3 cup of red rice =80 calories.

  • suma said:

    Delightfully healthy!! Love rice and jaggery combo..

  • Rama said:

    Hi, Your recipe site is so good. I just made the orange cake,it came out quite well. I am glad to have finally found a site that has healthy and egg less recipes.
    I use both red and brown rice always and sometime I mix them with a little white rice when I have people coming to eat. We also use a lot of hand pounded rice, and that taste extremely good. I was also making idli/ adhai with brown/ red/ hand pounded rice.
    These types of rice are perfect for making payasams, and sakrai pongal. i don’t need to soak them they turn out perfectly. But as you say it is always better to soak anything before for easier cooking. I even make biriyani, puliudarai , vangi bath with these type of rice.
    Once again I thank you for writing recipes with health in your mind. Great job.

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