Rice pudding parcels

March 17, 2011  •  Category:


This is a recipe inspired by the Far East; I was discussing making muhallabiyeh with some Filippino ladies in Beirut and suggested giving it an Asian twist; two flavors were immediately mentioned: mango and coconut.

So this is what I figured I would do: Make a rice pudding with some coconut milk. Add some diced mango to the pudding and present it on a little rice parcel, with a swirl of caramel sauce or honey.


  • 1 cup of rice, preferably sushi (or medium-grain starchy rice)
  • 8 to 10 sheets of rice paper
  • 2 mangos, cut-up in small dice
  • 1/2 can of coconut milk (4 ounces or 125 g.)
  • 6 Tablespoons  of sugar (keep 2 for frying the bundles later)
  • 2 Tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • honey as garnish


  1. Place the rice in a saucepan and cover with water; bring to a simmer and let the rice boil gently for 15 minutes; add the coconut milk and simmer a few minutes longer, adding the sugar and stirring a bit. The rice should become drier but still coated with sauce. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Take the rice papers, and place in a wide dish in which you would have poured 2 or 3 cups of hot water. The rice paper will soften within seconds. Take one sheet at a time and place on a work surface, removing all the creases that appear.
  3. Place a few tablespoons of rice pudding in the middle of the rice sheet, add some diced mango and fold over like you would fold an envelope, keeping it snug and tight.
  4. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of sugar in a skillet. Add the rice bundles and gently fry on all sides.
  5. Place on a serving plate, scatter a few mango pieces and a squeeze of honey. Serve warm or at room temperature.


35 Comments  •  Comments Feed

  1. Anita says:

    That’s a fantastic idea, love it and I imagine it tastes great! Nice combo.

  2. Claudia says:

    This is so creative – really love the sweet mango in this – plus the bright color. It’s Asian and tropical.

  3. Belinda @zomppa says:

    How pretty! Love the swirl of honey.

  4. rebecca says:

    oh wow adorable and very creative love fusion foods

  5. lisaiscooking says:

    The bundles look great, and the coconut and mango sounds delicious in them! Browning them in butter must add even more great flavor.

  6. Min {Honest Vanilla} says:

    Yummy! with a capital Y 🙂 What an interesting twist! I love all things rice pudding and yours looks stunning and oh-so-tempting~

  7. Hanaa says:

    What an interesting twist. I can see how that would work. These “parcels” remind me of these treats my mom made a lot when I was a kid called Briwat bi Roz. I think she fried them but maybe she baked them. One thing for sure is that they took a dip in warm honey afterwards. For fancy occasions she’d sprinkle them with finely chopped toasted almonds. Yum! Will have to ask her to make them for me when I see her in a few weeks :o)

  8. Prerna@IndianSimmer says:

    Oh, nice! That’s a genius idea. We make rice pudding ALL the time and I have made it to death but this one can give a new facelift to my same old same old rice pudding. Thanks so much for sharing! BOOKMARKED 🙂

  9. virginie says:

    je ne suis pas une super adepte des sushis, mais je suis sur qu’une version sucrée suffirait à me convaincre du contraire !!!



  10. Maria @ Scandifoodie says:

    Wow they look fantastic! I am so intrigued!

  11. oum mouncifrayan says:

    que du bonheur dans cette assiette! bravo

  12. fimère says:

    ton idée est excellente la présentation magnifique bravo
    à bientôt

  13. senga50 says:

    Un plaisir ! déjà la mangue… et puis ce caramel divin, un peu craquant… quelle belle recette…

  14. Louise says:

    OOOOH. I absolutely lurve rice pudding, and there’s nothing you can do with mango and coconut that tastes bad, so this sounds like a perfect combination. And no silverfish in sight!

  15. gummi baby says:

    What a great combination of flavours, I’ve never thought of using my rice paper this way! It would make a wonderful dessert.

  16. Nuts about food says:

    I love your imagination! Great idea.

  17. Priya says:

    Wat an elegant and delicious parcels,never tried pudding in rice paper like this,marvellous dessert..

  18. deana says:

    I am so into comfort food this week… gorgeous and innovative… that’s what it is…. sort of a dessert spring roll. I have never done rice pudding with coconut milk… when I read it I went DUH!!! Of course, that is a brilliant idea!

  19. T.W. Barritt says:

    So simple, but so comforting. I have yet to find a place that sells rice paper, but I am going to have to look harder – such a nice creative option for different fillings.

  20. sweetlife says:

    wonderful flavors, I love the use of rice paper in these tasty parcels, yum


  21. Susan says:

    Fantastic idea and beautiful presentation! Love the combination of flavors too.

  22. Adelina says:

    Since I am not a big fan of milk in my pudding, I know I would love your little parcels with coconut milk. Adding the mangoes will just have me floating on clouds.

  23. Ivy says:

    Joumana, I think I have read your thoughts. The other day I bought coconut milk to make ryzogalo now that it is fasting time but would have never thought to make them into parcels. I think they must be wonderful.

  24. Angie's Recipes says:

    Mango, coconut in rice pudding..They sound and look marvelous!

  25. Lazaro says:

    Great flavor profile and lovely presentation.


  26. carine says:

    J’adore le riz au lait. Avec de la mangue et une feuille de riz, ça doit être terrible!

  27. domi says:

    Bonsoir Joumana, un bien succulent dessert avec une superbe présentation gourmande pour ce petit bout d’ exotisme. Bisous et passe une belle journée

  28. Peter says:

    Very original and one can always find inspiration in other cuisines and apply them to our own. Bravo!

  29. Caffettiera says:

    This must be the most stylish rice pudding ever. I never thought about using rice papers like this. Coconut and mango must be such a great flavour combination!

  30. Lentil Breakdown says:

    Once again, you win the originality award!

  31. tinytearoom says:

    This looks so fresh and inviting. Mangoes are sadly going out of season in Sydney. They are the most heavenly fruit created. I love that you paired it with sweet rice. lovely

  32. JourneyKitchen says:

    This looks nice and love the plating by the way. I make a rice pudding with mango and coconut too but the way you presented it SO good And love the drizzle. Wait – I mean to say I love this!

  33. Eve@CheapEthnicEatz says:

    What a great fusion dish idea. I love rice pudding, add coconut and mango and its a sure thing. Wrapping it in the rice paper is brilliant.

  34. Magic of Spice says:

    These are so lovely! I love mangoes anytime, but with this dish they are definitely taken to a higher level.

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