How To Make Rice Milk

by Raksha Hegde last updated -

Making rice milk at home is not a difficult process. All you need is rice, water, and a high-speed blender! Not only is rice milk a great vegan and lactose-free alternative, it is also delicious and filled with nutrients and minerals. It has a creamy and nutty taste and you can add it to smoothies, cereal, and granola. You can even use it as a substitute for regular milk for baking. It’s quite easy to make. Follow these simple steps and you’re good to go!

Bowl of rice and a glass of milk on a wooden surface.

How To Make Rice Milk

A delicious vegan alternative!
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Others
Keyword: rice milk
Appliance: Blender, Hot plate
Prep Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 4 cups


  • 3/4 cup rice (long-grain white or brown rice)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1 date (pitted, optional)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)


  • Soak the rice in boiling hot water for 2-3 hours, so that it is partially cooked. The grains should be soft but must have a hard center. This will enable the rice milk to get a nutty taste.
    Sushi rice in a bowl kept on a jute cloth
  • Alternatively, you can choose to save time by cooking the rice as per instructions on the package. However, this could give a gummy taste to the rice milk.
  • Drain the rice and put it into a blender. Add salt, water, and the sweetener of your choice. Blend it till you get a thick, grainy mixture. It does not have to be smooth. This is the best time to check if you need to add more salt or sweetener.
  • Using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth, strain the mixture into a clean glass bowl. Make sure you strain it well to collect all the available rice milk.
  • You can store the rice milk in a glass bottle or airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Enjoy the rice milk chilled or in smoothies. You can also have it with your favorite granola.
    Bowl of rice and a glass of milk on a wooden surface.


You can add cinnamon powder, walnuts, and honey to give your rice milk a unique flavor. Raw cacao powder or cocoa can also be added to give your rice milk a delicious chocolaty flavor.

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Raksha Hegde is the content director at Organic Facts and helps oversee a team of brilliant, dynamic content writers. She completed her MS in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University, US. A former business news journalist and editor, Raksha followed her passion for wellness to become a certified Yoga teacher and a wellness festival curator. She believes that learning is a life-long process; she did a certificate e-course on “Introduction to Food and Health” in 2019 from Stanford University, US. 

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