Rice water is a traditional Ghanaian dessert that consists of a rice porridge with nutmeg, but also other toppings to taste.

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: African, Ghanaian, Vegetarian

Servings: 4 people

Author: Sarah-Eden Dadoun


  • 1 cup rice
  • 5 cups water
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • Sugar (or honey), to serve
  • Evaporated milk , to serve
  • Hot water (boiling)


  1. Wash the rice until the water is clear, then drain.
  2. Place the rice in a bowl and add 5 cups of water.
  3. Cook the rice until tender, about 15 minutes. Use more water, if necessary, to obtain a soft and sticky rice.
  4. Add a pinch of salt.
  5. Using the flat side of a wooden spoon, crush the rice until it is soft and flattens into a ball.
  6. Add boiling water to soften it to the desired thickness and consistency.
  7. Serve the hot rice water with a pinch of nutmeg, evaporated milk, sugar (or honey), toasted nuts and coconut flakes or other ingredients of your choice.

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