Winter Warmers- Rice Pudding

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Winter is my favorite season; I suppose that has a lot to do with my Tibb Temperament (click the link to read more). Winter evenings should be spent with loved ones and filled with lots of comfort food. I decided to create a series of recipes called “Winter Warmers”, to bring in the flavors and textures of winter. Spiced drinks, toasty dishes and fire side treats that will bring happiness into your home.

One of my favorite desserts would have to be rice pudding. Its often served cold but I LOVE when its served hot. It’s the perfect winter dessert as the sweet notes combined with the velvety texture makes it so luxuriously good!

N.B do not continue reading if you’re on any form of diet, you’ll be painfully heart broken.

Ingredients
• 2 cups milk
• 2 cups fresh cream
• 90g sugar
• 100g rice (I used risotto rice)
• 2 tsp rose water (or orange blossom water)
• 4 cardamom pods
• 1 stick of cinnamon
• pistachio to garnish

method
1. in a large sauce pan combine the milk, cream, sugar, cardamom pods and cinnamon stick.
2. Bring the mixture to a boil, then add the rice.
3. Bring to a bubbling boil then reduce to a simmer with the lid on.
4. Stir the pot occasionally.
5. Once the rice begins to soften (after about 10 mins) add the rose water and stir in
6. Close the pot again and let the rice cook on low, stirring every now and then.
7. Cook until the rice is soft and the cream has reduced to a thick consistency.
8. If your rice hasn’t softened and there is still a lot of liquid, leave the pot open and turn up the heat. (make sure to stir so the mixture doesn’t burn at the bottom of your pot)
9. You should be left with a thick smooth cream.
10. Garnish with pistachio and serve warm.

this recipes serves 4

I substituted the rose water for orange blossom water and it was just as divine! Most traditional middle eastern recipes use either rose or orange blossom water but vanilla works equally as well.

The flavor of the rose water rice pudding was almost like eating a burfee pudding! It was so good. This recipe is amazing for Ramadhan as well!

I prefer to use a non stick pot so the rice and milk doesn’t burn at the bottom of the pot. This gives the pudding an undesirable taste. If this does happen remove the pudding from the pot immediately by just tipping it over into a bowl, do not use any utensil to try and remove it or scrape off the excess as you might get some burnt bits.
Look out for more of our winter warmers recipes and make sure to check @rsrloves Instagram page for some inspiration. if you’re looking for more winter perfect recipes, try out the butternut soup  and Samp and Beans recipes on the blog!

Have a warm and cozy winter

Love
Rizwaana

 

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