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Thursday, September 29, 2016

A - Z Rice Dishes ~ X for Xmas Rice Pudding

I had actually cooked a savory one pot meal for today but had a change of mind in the last minute and cooked this Christmas rice pudding instead. Rice pudding needs no introduction since it is one of those dishes which has crossed borders or countries for that matter. It is part of every culture around the world, albeit it may be presented with slight variations. While cardamom and sometimes edible camphor act as the flavoring agents in an Indian rice pudding, cinnamon and sometimes with the addition of vanilla dominates the European versions. Many of the latter versions also contain eggs.
Rice pudding is served on Christmas eve and Christmas day in many European countries. I wanted to go with a Danish version where it is served with cream and cherry sauce. I did not find the fresh cherries when I needed and so, I settled with this eggless cinnamon version instead. Most of the versions involve rice and milk being simmered in a pot until it reaches a soft consistency and the cinnamon and sugar being added at the final stages. Sometimes a cinnamon stick is added along with the rice and would be discarded at the time of serving.
Ingredients: (Yield 2 servings)
1/4 cup short grain rice
1/4 cup water
A pinch of salt
1 & 1/4 cup milk
2 - 3 tbsp. sugar 
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. butter
* Add water and salt to a non stick or a thick bottomed pot and bring it to a boil. Next add milk and boil it, while stirring.
* Add rice next and cook on low flame until it reaches a soft consistency, with intermittent stirring to avoid the rice sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Alternately for a faster method, rinse the rice and pressure cook adding water and 1/2 cup milk, for 4 whistles. Transfer the cooked rice and the remaining milk to a pot and cook for a few minutes until the desired consistency is reached.
* Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Serve the pudding with a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar and a blob of butter.
Recipes so far in A - Z Rice Dishes,  
A for Achaari Chole Pulao
B for Bhuna Khichuri
C for Chintapandu Pulihora
D for Dindigul Thalapakatti Veg Biryani
E for Ellorai / Ellotharai  
F for Fodnicha Bhaat 
G for Gongura Pulihora 
H for Hare Moong ki Chaaswaali Khichdi 
I for Iyengar Style Kadambam 
J for Jodhpuri Vegetable Pulao 
K for Kaju - Karivepaku Annam 
L for Lilva Khichdi
M for Mamidikaaya - Kobbari Pulihora 
N for Narali Bhaat
O for Oliya 
P for Peas Pulao 
Q for Qabooli Biryani 
R for Ram Pulao / Rajasthani Gatte Ka Pulao
S for Spinach layered Biryani
T for Tawa Pulao
U for Urad dal Khichdi
V for Varhadi Pulao 
W for Waghareli Khichdi

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Gayathri Kumar said...

Such a creamy decadent pudding...

Kalyani said...

love the creaminess here, and cinnamon is a fav spice at home :) almost like pal payasam / arisi payasam with a festive xmas-sy twist :) good pick

Usha said...

This European rice pudding is so yummy! I made some thing similar from Norway for one of the food events I participate every month.

Harini R said...

My little one loves cinnamon and I am sure she will love this creamy pudding.

vaishali sabnani said...

What an amazing pick for the alphabet X ! The pudding looks excellent , though I would skip cinnamon and just go with vanilla .

Priya Suresh said...

Suma, thats a fantastic pick for X, actually am waiting to see your W and X recipe and trust me you rocked it. Lovely pudding, my kind of dessert.

Srividhya said...

Love that generous dash of cinnamon. great xmas pudding.

Ritu Tangri said...

ooh!!!! Rice pudding looks so rich and yummy!!! SUch a comfort food,,

Pavani said...

Creamy and delicious looking rice pudding.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

Creamy pudding and you found something perfect for the hard alphabet.

cookingwithsapana said...

All time favorite pudding. Cinnamon really gives a nice flavor.

Archana said...

Was wondering what you willpick for X and must say I am surprised I never thought of pudding. Love this version.

Srivalli said...

Wonderful choice and making it eggless is a boon here..:)