Rice Water

Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Makes

    2 to 4


Appears in

The Ghana Cookbook

By Fran Osseo-Asare and Barbara Baëta

Published 2015

  • About

This is a light and easy-to-prepare/easy-to-digest Ghanaian gluten-free porridge/drink. It is just rice cooked with extra water. While rice water is an ordinary breakfast porridge for anyone, in Ghana it is especially recommended for children and invalids, especially when made thinner with even more water or richer with extra milk. The texture differs from North American “Cream of Rice” cereal, which is made from ground rice.


  • 1 cup any white rice
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)



Put 4 cups water, rice, and salt in a saucepan. Bring the water to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer until the rice is tender and begins to disintegrate, about 30 minutes. Add more water if necessary. The thickness varies according to taste, but should be easily pourable.

To serve

Rice water can be served in a bowl or a cup, with milk and sugar or honey added to taste. I first learned to drink it with canned evaporated milk. More recently people add powdered whole milk (like Nestle’s NIDO) or fresh milk. Coconut milk or soy milk also works well. The amounts of each can be adjusted to taste. Rice water can be served hot, warm, at room temperature, or cold. Add flavorings (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.) to taste, along with sugar, chopped nuts, and/or coconut.