Rice pudding is such a dish which is universally loved and every country has its own variant. In Pakistan & India it is generally known as kheer recipe which though delicious. It is also very sweet and contains abundant amounts of full fat milk. The Western variation comes with a generous dose of cream and eggs in addition to the milk. The healthiest among the lot is the Thai version which is made with coconut milk & this is well suited for weight watchers as an occasional serving is definitely not as calorific as other versions. It has a fairly lower amount of sugar and no cream, eggs or milk. Traditional Thai pudding is topped with mangoes, which every one love to add when in season but during other times of the year, you prefer seasonal fruits.
The following recipe includes best topping – candied dried fruits. Try it, it willn’t fail your expectations!
Coconut milk pudding
Yield: 3 servings
For the pudding:
Rice (long grain) – ½ cup
Water – 1 cupCoconut milk (first extract if fresh or half a can if using store-bought) – ¾ cup + ½ cup Granulated sugar – ¼ cup
½ Vanilla stick – slit horizontally and scraped directly
For the topping:
Toasted cashew nuts and almonds, chopped into small bits – 3-4 tbsp.
3 tbsp Sugar
Water – A little, to melt the sugar
The pudding: Soak rice for 3 hours. Drain well and pound coarsely so that the grains become half their size.
Boil water and add the pounded rice. Cook until water is absorbed.
Add ¾ cup coconut milk, sugar and scrape vanilla seeds (or you may substitute with vanilla extract) into the pan. Cook further, stirring well so that the mixture is evenly distributed throughout, until the milk is absorbed.
The topping:Heat a saucepan with sugar and water, just enough to melt the sugar. When the sugar melts, add toasted nuts and keep stirring until the nuts are well coated with sugar and the pan becomes dry.
Serving:In a bowl, pour some of the pudding, add a few tablespoons of fresh, thick coconut milk and top with candied fruits.
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