September 11, 2010

Desserts for Moi: Garam Masala Brown Rice Pudding

Yesterday the skies were gray and the air was cool. In fact, it was so cool that I almost expected snowflakes; thankfully I'm just being over-dramatic. While the weather wasn't quite bad enough for snow, it was perfect for a nice, autumnal dessert. I thought about baked apples since I have a peck of ginger golds sitting in the fridge, but I wanted more of a challenge. I had heard of rice pudding many times but I've neither made nor eaten it before. I love rice and the idea of a creamy, porridge-like rice dish absolutely appealed to me, so I knew I had to get my hands on a cupful. I ended up concocting a rice pudding that had just the right amount of spice to warm me up and lift my gray day spirits.

Garam masala brown rice pudding

- 1/4 cup short grain brown rice
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup milk alternative
- 1/2 tsp corn starch
- 1/2 tbsp agave or other sweetener
- Scant 1/2 tsp garam masala
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp golden raisins
- 1 tbsp chopped almonds

- Cook rice and water per instructions (mine called for bringing to a boil and then simmering for 40 minutes).
- Whisk together milk and corn starch until smooth.
- Once water is absorbed, turn heat to medium and add milk and corn starch mixture, spices, agave and vanilla. Stir vigorously until thickened. When the mixture is just a bit thinner than you'd like, add the raisins and almonds and stir to combine. Take off the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. Serve warm or chill in the fridge for at least one hour. Remember, it will get thicker as it sits so it's better to take it off the heat when it's on the thinner side rather than thicker.

I served mine chilled since I made it ahead of time but it would also be amazing warm. This dish is simple, perfectly spiced, and the combination of the almost custard-like rice with the plump raisins and crunchy almonds was perfect. I'll definitely be making rice pudding again and I can't wait to experiment with mixins!


  1. I'd have thrown a chopped apple in there. :)

  2. Go for it. Rice pudding is extremely customizable.

  3. I usually don't like fall flavors (pumpkin? Ew no thanks!) but the spices here sound so delish! I have a feeling I'll be trying this :)

  4. Aw, I love pumpkin! The spices in this are great though - it's a very aromatic dish.

  5. I made this tonight! It's pretty damn tasty. Unfortunately I had no garam masala so I just put in allspice instead. I'd love to try it with the garam masala though.

  6. I'm glad you like it! You should totally try it with garam masala sometime if you can.

  7. you should add pistachios, they make rice pudding crunchy