In a medium saucepan bring water to a boil. Add rice and stir. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes, or until rice is tender.
In a medium saucepan, combine cooked rice, raisins, maple syrup or honey, soy milk or 2 % milk, almonds, cinnamon and cardamom. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Immediately reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring frequently, until thickened about 5 to 8 minutes. Spoon into bowls and serve.