Some vegan recipes embrace the caveat, “It doesn’t style unhealthy in any respect!” It’s virtually as if individuals imagine that vegan recipes are inherently inedible, and there needs to be an try and “promote” them.
However this Creamy Chai-Spiced Rice Pudding tastes a lot like the unique milk-based model that it took my household and buddies without warning after they discovered it was fully freed from animal merchandise. I stated to them, “See? Vegan recipes aren’t boring!” I wasn’t making an attempt to idiot anybody, however they have been shocked it was vegan!
How Do You Make Vegan Rice Pudding?
Coconut milk is the important thing ingredient to vegan rice pudding. Because of the slow-simmering and frequent stirring of the rice and coconut milk, the starch from the rice thickens the pudding with out the necessity for tempered eggs. A last cup of coconut milk is stirred in simply previous to serving to make sure a clean, silky dish of rice pudding.
The distinction between this vegan rice pudding and a standard rice pudding really is nonexistent, almost about style and creaminess.
- For those who’re out there for a non-vegan rice pudding recipe, I extremely advocate this model.
How A lot Coconut Milk Do You Want?
You’ll want about three 13 1/2-ounce cans of coconut milk for this recipe, which is unsweetened and important to attaining a creamy vegan rice pudding. Refrigerated and boxed coconut milks don’t have the total style of canned coconut milk. Additionally as a result of canned coconut milk is unsweetened, you’ll be able to management the general sweetness of the completed rice pudding.
For those who crave a fair creamier pudding, stir in half cup of clean coconut cream simply earlier than serving, as a substitute of the remaining coconut milk.
What Type of Rice Do You Use?
Its floral essence and bigger grain make jasmine rice my most well-liked kind of rice to make use of in all of my rice puddings. Basmati, which has a nuttier taste, is one other nice rice to make use of on this dish. Plain, extra-long grain, or lengthy grain are nice replacements for jasmine as properly.
I might keep away from utilizing quick or medium grain rice, as a result of the grains would break down significantly throughout cooking, leaving you with a porridge as a substitute of a pudding with plump grains of rice.
This recipe can be a good way to make use of up leftover rice, as long as it hasn’t been closely salted throughout steaming. To make use of leftover rice, merely skip the rice steaming step, and add an extra 1/four teaspoon of floor cinnamon to the spice combination. Proceed with the recipe as written, and add the star anise to the pot after including the coconut milk.
What Are the Spices in This Rice Pudding?
This recipe is impressed by my favourite chai latte and begins with infusing cinnamon and star anise into jasmine rice because it steams. A spice mix of (extra) cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, salt, and a pinch of black pepper is later added with the coconut milk and vanilla extract.
Though it’s “chai-inspired,” there isn’t any tea used within the recipe. Nonetheless, if you wish to keep true to the chai moniker, steep a few luggage of black tea within the rice water.
Different Methods to Taste Rice Pudding:
- Add one cup of sultanas (golden raisins) or black raisins while you add the coconut milk.
- For almond rice pudding, use refrigerated almond milk as a substitute of coconut milk and almond extract as a substitute of vanilla. Add a three-inch lemon peel to the boiling rice water as a substitute of the star anise, and omit the bottom cardamom and the black pepper from the spice combination. Garnish the almond rice pudding with toasted slivered almonds.
- Chocolate chips (white, semi-sweet, or milk chocolate), dried fruits (cranberries, cherries or pineapple), and/or marshmallows are nice for creating selection.
- High your rice pudding with a drizzle of caramel sauce or chocolate sauce.
How you can Serve Rice Pudding
Rice pudding must be served chilly. After the rice has completed cooking, switch it to a shallow dish and permit it to relax fully (about three hours).
As soon as chilly, stir within the remaining coconut milk (for additional creaminess) and spoon the pudding into particular person serving dishes. Garnish with a sprinkle of floor cinnamon and toasted coconut flakes.
How you can Retailer and Freeze Rice Pudding
Preserve leftovers saved within the fridge for as much as three days. You could freeze any leftovers you don’t plan to eat inside three days. Packed in a freezer-safe storage container, the rice pudding may be frozen for 2 months. Thaw the pudding within the fridge and add a 1/four cup of coconut milk to skinny it, if wanted.