It’s that time of the year again, cool wind is rustling through autumnal trees, ochre and orange leaves are setting horizons ablaze and the excitement of meeting friends and family for Diwali and Halloween is rising.
Amongst all this DO NOT FORGET to cook up a lip smacking desserts to soothe the soul!
And if you still haven’t thought of what to make we are here to the rescue with the easiest pudding ever. Presenting Coconut Rice Pudding. For those from India Kheer and Payasam are no strangers, cooked almost across the country, these milk based desserts are common festive fare.
For me, the addition of coconut to tweak the usual kheer is a match made in heaven, literally! I love the flavour of coconut and find any excuse to add it to stews and entrees like chicken. So, of course I had to make this pudding.
So here goes;
Prep time- 40 minutes total with 10 minutes prep and 30 minutes active cooking.
1/4 cup rice- basmati preferably,
1 cup milk- 2% or whole fat,
1/4 cup water,
1/4 cup sugar,
1/2 cup cream of coconut.
Optional- Cinnamon or cardamom powder for flavour.
Measure rice and then wash thoroughly in running water until it runs clean.
Next, put a pan on the stove and add rice along with milk and water to it. Cook on medium high until the mix comes to a boil. Then lower heat to medium low and cook covered until rice are soft and milk starts thickening. Keep stirring in between to avoid rice and milk from sticking to the bottom. Often you will notice a bit of what looks like curdled milk on the surface. Do not panic! Fat from milk tends to separate. So stir and avoid cream from rising to the top and forming a layer.
At this point add cream of coconut and sugar. Keep in mind that cream of coconut is sweetened, so add it and mix. Check for sweetness before adding additional sugar.
Finally, if you want to add an extra kick of flavour choose from your favourite spice. I would recommend cardamom powder to evoke memories of Indian desserts and cinnamon or nutmeg powder for more western tastes.
For decadence that goes over and above, drizzle maple syrup and serve with chopped nuts.
That’s it. Half an hour of effort and you are set.
Believe you me, you won’t want to share it with others!
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