SOUTH AFRICAN SWEET RICE
This Indian Dessert Recipe Serves 3-5
Growing up & being a part of the Hindu background, my gran used to prepare sweet rice ever so often when there was a prayer. Some of the prayers included Porridge Prayers, Fasting Prayers, Lakshmi Prayers & ‘Dead Peoples Prayers’.
Sweet Rice is usually cooked with a rice known as White Rice in South Africa. In the event that you are abroad then reasonable substitutes incorporate Pudding Rice or Milk Rice. You can discover these in the grain area or pastry segment of most universal general stores.
South African Sweet Rice Ingredients:
- 1 cup white rice (250 grams)
- 500 ml milk
- 1 cup sugar (according to taste)
- pinch of salt
- nutmeg, grated – optional
- 3 cardamom pods (elachie pods)
- 100 grams butter
- 1 teaspoon cardamom powder (elachie powder) – optional
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- Firstly, for this recipe it is crucial to use white rice/pudding rice or milk rice & not parboiled or basmati rice as it will not turn out the same. I purchased white rice at a local spice shop. I only used 250 grams as I did not want to make a huge batch.
- Place the white rice in a medium sized bowl.
- Full the bowl with water & rinse once. Thereafter, full the bowl with water again & allow the rice to soak. Now you can allow the rice to soak the night before or if you don’t have time on your hands then just soak it for about 5-10 minutes like I did.
- Once the rice has soaked, drain the water & empty the rice into a medium sized pot & add in about 2 cups of water.
- Turn the stove heat to medium & place the pot on the stove. Add in the cardamom pods (elachie pods) & cinnamon sticks.
- I also added in some cardamom (elachie) powder just for that added taste but you may omit this step if you have added the whole pods.
- Add in the salt & stir well.
- I have grated in a little of whole nutmeg which gives the sweet rice an amazing flavour. This step is optional.
- Mix well & allow the rice to boil until soft.
- Notice there will be very little water left in the rice, that is fine & you won’t need to drain the rice. Although, if there is a lot of water left behind then drain it as you don’t want a watery pudding. Take note that the milk will be added as well later on.
- Next, add in the butter.
- Thereafter add in the sugar.
- Now pour in the milk.
- Gently mix combining all the ingredients.
- Place the pot lid on & allow the milk to come to a slight boil. Leave the lid on for about 10 minutes on low heat.
- It will be a bit liquidy but once the sweet rice cools, it will absorb most of the liquid.
- When cooled, notice how fluffy the rice is.
- Sultanas, raisins, bananas &/or almonds may be added at this point but unfortunately I am not a fan of those added ingredients in the sweet rice as I prefer it plain.
- Serve this South African Sweet Rice with braised chickpeas which is also known to many in South Africa as Kadaleh. Additionally it can be served with puri as well.