How to Make Riz au Lait | Haitian Rice Pudding ft. Medicinal Healing Herbs from Haiti

Yesterday, we celebrated my grandma’s 91st birthday via a (slightly hilarious) family zoom call. Then my mom and I made my grandma’s rice pudding recipe, the way she was originally taught it as a little girl in Haiti in the 1930’s. Super cozy and delicious. Filling and satisfying. Feel-good and nostalgic. This used to be my favorite treat on snow days or stay-at-home days, so very fitting.

  • 6 cups of water
  • 1.5 cup of white jasmine rice
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 star anise
  • Slice of ginger
  • 8 pimpernel leaves (optional)
  • Rind of 1 small lime
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 2 teaspoon of grated nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoon of vanilla essence
  • 2 tablespoon of almond essence
  • ½ cup of sugar (optional)
  • Makes 8-10 servings

1.In a medium saucepan, add salt lime rind, slice of ginger, 3 sticks of cinnamon, 3 star anise, and 8 pimpernel leaves to water and bring it to a boil (approximately 10 minutes).
2.Next, rinse the rice and add it to the boiling water.
3.Cook over medium-high heat, until water is absorbed.
4.Reduce heat to medium and add 2 cups of milk.
5.After 10 minutes has passed, add 1 can of evaporated milk.
6.After 10 minutes, add 1 can of condensed milk.
7.Add 2 tablespoons of butter.
8.Add grated nutmeg.
9.Add 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract.
10.Add 2 tablespoons of almond extract.
11.Mix everything well and Bring heat down to a simmer for 10 minutes.

Add additional sugar to taste *if needed*.
Serve cold or warm.

•Lime (sitwon) for vitamin C and cleansing the system
Ginger (jenjanm) for immune health and decreasing inflammation
•Nutmeg (miskad) to soothe digestive pains and to support oral health
•Pimpernel (pimpernel) for cleansing the liver
Star anise (anis) for respiratory health and to alleviate GI cramps
Cinnamon (kannèl) to manage blood sugar

In health,
Dr. Naika

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Dr. Naika, the writer of this blog, has a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters of Science in Acupuncture as of June 2017. Please do not take the information presented on this blog, as medical advice, without consulting your certified health care practitioner. Knowledge is power and your health is your wealth!