Friday, May 10, 2013

Trinidad Sweet Rice (Rice Pudding)

My two sisters will be visiting us in less a week. As part of the preparation, there is a lot of discussion about food: which restaurants to try and what dishes we are going to make. Family visits are a good time to cook together, and in the past we tended to revisit many of our favorite (and admittedly indulgent) dishes we grew up eating in Trinidad. This time will be no different. One of those recipes is Trinidad Sweet Rice - our version of rice pudding or Mexican arroz con leche. In fact, to be more specific, this recipe has its origins in the Indian kheer, brought to the Caribbean in the 1800's by East Indian indentured laborers. Over the decades, the recipe changed only a little, with the omission of saffron threads and the preference for a thicker consistency in this version.

Trinidad Sweet Rice (Rice Pudding)
Serves about 6

1 cup basmati rice, rinsed well
4 cups water
3 cinnamon sticks
4-5 whole, green cardamom
3 whole cloves
1 can low fat evaporated milk (approx. 1 1/2 cups)
1 can fat free condensed milk (approx. 1 1/4 cups)
1 piece fresh ginger, about 2 inches, grated
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup roasted slivered almonds (optional)
maraschino cherries (optional)

1. Bring water to boil. Add rice, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, and cloves. Cook until rice is soft, about 20 to 30 minutes, and until all of the water has been absorbed.
2. Add the evaporated, condensed milk, ginger, and raisins. Cook until thickened to desired consistency. Remember that the pudding will thicken further as it cools.
3. Allow to cool before serving. Serve topped with almonds and maraschino cherries.


Giclee guy said...

This looks absurdly delicious! And a lovely twist on the traditional rice pudding we're used to here in York!

Chennette said...

They still call it Kheer in Guyana. But it will always be sweet rice for me - great cold.

Anonymous said...

Sounds delicious. Can yo please answer a couple of questions though...

When you say Condensed Milk, is that sweetened condensed milk?


How big is a tin? You say a tin of each of the milks, and while I can cope with the 2 inches of ginger (:D everyone says this but how thick is that piece of ginger), I suspect the amounts of milk are more critical to the success of this recipe!

Can't wait to try it, we love rice puddings, perfect winter comfort food!