Citrus Saffron Rice Pudding

My wife has this affinity for rice pudding.  When she was growing up, her father would make rice pudding on Sunday as a way of feeding the seven (7) children.  Yes, that is a lot of people.  When you feed nine people you need away of doing so cheap.  It makes total sense.

Now, the problem is – it had ton’s of milk and massive sugar in it.  I am lactose intolerant  So, the quandary developed. How does my wife remember the past, how do I survive dairy and more importantly how do we punch up the flavor, and eye appeal so it doesn’t just look like rice floating in milk.

This recipe was inspired from a few sources.  However, the main influence was taken from the Ikea website.  Yes, you heard that correctly – Ikea on it’s website has recipes.  My hope is that my wife will love this version of the rice pudding and for those of you who are vegetarian or vegan – or you love one of those type folks, you now have an honest vegetarian/vegan recipe on this traditionally meat based website.  Enjoy!

Recipe:

Citrus Saffron Rice Pudding
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 Cups cooked brown rice
  2. 1 14.5 oz can coconut milk (you can replace with almond milk or other non-dairy milk)
  3. 1 cinnamon stick
  4. 5 green cardamom pods
  5. 1-2 Tablespoons coconut nectar (you can substitute agave or another sweetener to taste)
  6. 1 pinch saffron threads (crush between your fingers)
  7. 2 manderin oranges (peeled and segmented, clementines or satsuma work well)
  8. 2 kiwi fruit (peeled and sliced)
  9. 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
Instructions
  1. Combine the rice, coconut and non-dairy milk, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a gentle simmer allowing to cook for 10 minutes, stir occasionally to keep the rice from sticking.
  2. At the conclusion of the 10 minutes, add the sweetener, saffron and continue to cook for an additional 20-30 minutes, or until the rice has swelled and the liquid is reduced.
  3. Remove the mixture from the pan and allow to cool, the mixture will thicken somewhat as it cools.
  4. When serving, stir in the mandarin orange slices, portion into bowls and top with the kiwi fruit and pomegranate seeds to serve.
Adapted from Ikea
Adapted from Ikea
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