Lime Scented Rice Pudding With Fresh Mangoes


2 ½  quarts whole milk
2 cups short-grain white rice (14 ounces)
1 14-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
1 ¼ cups sugar
½ cup heavy cream
Finely grated zest of 1 lime
6 ripe mangoes—peeled, pit removed and cut into 1-inch cubes
¼ cup mint leaves, chopped


In a medium enameled cast-iron casserole, combine the milk with the rice, coconut milk, vanilla bean and seeds and the poppy seeds and bring to a simmer over moderately high heat, stirring. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring often, until the rice is tender, about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Stir the sugar, heavy cream and lime zest into the rice and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the rice pudding is sweet and fragrant, about 10 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, then cover tightly and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. Spoon the rice pudding into small bowls and top with the mango.  Before serving, add mint.

Make Ahead
The rice pudding can be refrigerated overnight. Serve chilled or at room temperature