Black Rice Pudding

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Black Rice Pudding

There are so many ways to modify this Southeast Asian comfort-food dessert to make it yours. Skip the coconut cream and go with a big scoop of coconut ice cream if decadence is your thing. Crushed peanuts, toasted almonds, or sesame seeds, can add a bit of crunch if that’s what you’re after. For the rice, though, only one will do: look for deeply purple glutinous rice. It cooks more evenly when soaked overnight.

Serves 6 to 8

Rice

1 ½ cups black sticky rice

1 ½ cups water

1 teaspoon salt

 

Simple Syrup

½ cup chopped palm sugar or white sugar

½ cup water

 

Coconut Cream

1 (13 ½-ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk

1 tablespoon grated palm sugar or white sugar

Pinch of salt

 

Serving (any or all of the following)

Sweetened condensed milk

Toasted sesame seeds, toasted sliced almonds, or chopped peanuts

1 mango, or 2 bananas, diced

 

Cover the rice with about an inch of water and soak overnight.

Drain the rice through a fine-mesh strainer, shaking off the excess water. Put the rice, the 1 ½ cups water, and salt in a pot. Cover and bring to a boil. Once the lid starts rattling, lower to a gentle simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Remove the lid, give the pot a stir, and continue to cook with the lid off for 10 minutes.

To make the coconut cream, heat the coconut milk, the 1 tablespoon of sugar, and salt in a small high-sided pot over medium heat. As the milk heats up, it will start to splatter. To avoid too much mess, stir often and keep a towel handy. Once the milk starts bubbling, lower to a gentle simmer and cook until it has been reduced to about 1 cup and easily coats the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes. 

Serve the coconut rice warm or at room temperature. Drizzle a little condensed milk in each bowl. Scoop a generous spoonful of rice in the center of the bowl and spoon the coconut cream on top. Serve with toasted sesame seeds and mangoes.