The key to good rice pudding is its texture. So for the best rice pudding, cook it slowly. Overcooked pudding will have the texture of a solid mass rather than the creamy mixture that makes this dessert so desirable. Long-grained rice works best; try basmati, jasmine, or popcorn rice for even more variety.
This recipe was featured on Martha Stewart Living TV.
Rice preparation has many styles, depending on one's culture or usage. This method, perfected by Lucinda Scala Quinn, is fast and reliable, a great method for the everyday cook. From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).