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Coconut Rice Pudding (Payasam Style)

  1. Black Rice – 1 cup
  2. Water for soaking
  3. Ghee – 4 tbsp
  4. Candied Orange – 5-6 strands
    Or use Orange Zest of 1 full orange.
  5. Orange juice – 2 cups (500 ml)
  6. Sugar – 1/3 cup
  7. Milk Chocolate – 100g
  8. Coconut Milk – 800 ml
  9. Cardamom – 2-3 pods
  10. Clove – 3-4
  11. Almonds – 1/4 Cup + more for garnish
  12. Raisins – 2-3 Tbsp + more for garnish
  13. Dry Coconut Shavings – 2-3 tbsp + more for garnish
  14. Candied Orange Peel for garnish (Optional)

Procedure

  1. Soak black Rice overnight or 7-8 hrs
  2. Drain the soaking liquid and roast rice in a dry skillet till it’s fragrant.
  3. Add ghee and let it roast.
  4. Add Coconut Milk and cook for 1-1.5 hours in medium heat stirring it once every 10-15 minutes. Add more hot water to cook if required.
  5. At the 1 hour mark, add sugar and cook it till tender.
  6. Add freshly squeezed Orange Juice and mix well.
  7. Grind together Candied Orange Peel or zest + Cardamom + Clove till a powder. Add it to the pudding.
  8. Add Milk Chocolate and mix.
  9. Add Coconut Shavings, Toasted Almonds, Raisins to the pudding and mix well.
  10. Serve hot or cold with garnish.

Note –
For reheating, add a bit of water to thin everything out.

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