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Recipe: Chai Rice Pudding

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Tess mentioned using the blender to make risotto and rice pudding and we were honestly floored. But this genius method works and dramatically cuts down cooking time. Also, it makes it easy to use up the leftover cooked rice. Impromptu rice pudding and reduced food waste? We’re so in…

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Chai Rice Pudding


  • Author: The Blender Girl Cookbook
  • Yield: 6 1x

Ingredients

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1/4 cup (60ml) plus 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup, plus more to taste
2 tablespoons filtered water
2 apples, peeled, cored, and cubed
1 cup (240ml) canned coconut milk (shake, then pour)
2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of natural salt
3 cups (450g) cooked short-grain brown rice (soft but not mushy)
1/4 cup (45g) raisins
1 cup (240ml) unsweetened almond milk 
1/3 cup (40g) chopped raw pistachios


Instructions

1. In a saucepan over high heat, bring the 1/4 cup (60ml) of maple syrup and the water to a boil (this should take less than a minute). As soon as the mixture bubbles, reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in the apples. Cook the apples for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until they caramelize slightly and soften slightly but remain mostly firm.

2. While the apples are cooking, put the coconut milk, the remaining 3 tablespoons of maple syrup, the vanilla, ginger, spices, and salt into your blender and blast on medium-high for about 10 seconds until combined. Add 1 1/2 cups (225g) of the rice and process on medium-low for a few seconds, until creamy but rustic. (If you’re using a high-speed blender, be careful of overdoing it; you don’t want a completely smooth blend here, and it can happen quickly. The pudding will be goopy if you over blend. If you’re using a conventional blender, your machine will let you know when the mixture is ready; it’ll thicken and be difficult to blend.)

3. Add the blended mixture and the raisins to the cooked apples and stir to combine. Stir in 1/2 cup (120ml) of the almond milk and the remaining 1 1/2 cups (225g) of cooked rice. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup (120ml) of almond milk and simmer for 5 minutes more, until you have your desired consistency (I take my rice pudding off the heat as soon as the liquid has been absorbed). Tweak the maple syrup to taste.

Serve warm, at room temperature, or even chilled; add 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup (60ml) milk if you serve it chilled, to soften it up. Sprinkle pistachios on each serving.

Keywords: chai, pudding, dessert

Photo Credit: Anson Smart

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