Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Pistachio Rice Pudding

pistachio rice pudding

Whenever I hear the words pistachio and pudding together I instantly think of that sea foam green Watergate salad sitting abandoned at a church pot luck. This, my friends, is nothing like that.

ingredients for pistachio rice pudding

This pistachio rice pudding is also a far cry from the rice puddings of my childhood, which were thick and full of eggs, making them quite custard-like and very sweet. The recipe, with only 1/4 cup of sugar is sweet enough to make it feel like dessert, but not cloying - it would be delicious for breakfast.

pistachios

Those traditional southern rice puddings will always have a special place in my heart, but I have a feeling this will become my go-to recipe.

[104/365] pistachio rice pudding

Chilled Pistachio Rice Pudding
Servings: 4 to 6 (conservatively)
adapted from here

1/2 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup basmati rice, rinsed and drained
2 cups milk
1 cup cream
1/4 cup pistachios, shelled and chopped, plus extra for garnish, if desired

1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Stir in the cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
2. Stir in the rice, milk and cream. Bring the mixture to a simmer over high heat, then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Cook the rice, uncovered, until very tender, stirring occasionally, 20 to 25 minutes.
3. Remove from the heat and set the pan aside, uncovered, until the rice cools to room temperature, about 30 minutes to 1 hour. (The pudding will be very soupy at first, but will thicken as the rice continues to absorb the liquid as it cools in the pan.)
4. Stir in the pistachios, then cover and refrigerate the pudding until well chilled. Garnish with extra pistachios if desired. This makes about 3 cups rice pudding.

124 comments:

  1. I have a giant bag of pistachios that I bought for a cake I made this weekend, and have been googling recipes to make with them! This sounds perfect!

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  2. That looks so delicious--I might have to make some this weekend. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  3. hi hannah,

    i'm secretly fond of rice pud, and yours here even has two of my all-time favorite ingredients: pistachios and cardamom! yum yum. i think i'm giving this a try, maybe with some zest of orange or lemon. and when fresh figs are around (which is still a few months away, but can't help but thinking!) i'll add them, too. thanks for another great recipe, and your photos are beautiful, as always.

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  4. I adore rice pudding for breakfast and this looks wonderful! My grandmother's rice pudding was quite like yours, only slightly sweet, but creamy and perfect. The pistachios are a great idea... I'll have to make this soon, and maybe even add some dried cherries too.

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  5. Rice pudding. Breakfast. Yes. Hannah, if you're willing to try another recipe, I can send you mine if you wish. Pictures of it are on my blog... it's a bit different than yours, but it's good!

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  6. looks divine! i can never get enough pistachios.

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  7. For some reason I have yet to make rice pudding. It must be because I've only eaten the terrible versions you have described! But I love pistachios and spices, so maybe this will be my first.

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  8. Rice pudding is by far my favourite dessert, O.K. there is room in my heart for a few other favourites, but your version with pistachios makes it extraordinarily enticing. Gotta try!

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  9. Oh my and you do it again .... amazing!! I can't wait to try this recipe. XO

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  10. I love rice pudding... my grandmother used to make it all the time when i was a kid!

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  11. A wonderful pudding, yummy! What stunning shots!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  12. it's 3am and i can't sleep...if i didn't think i would wake everyone in my house, i would make this RIGHT NOW! i love rice pudding...this looks divine :)

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  13. This looks beautiful with the pistachios on top. I made something similar to this for breakfast with brown rice at least once a week.

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  14. i can't help but think of the nasty potluck-style pistachio pudding either--no thanks! this is much more elegant and delicious--wonderful creation, hannah!

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  15. this looks SO good and fresh!
    I must admit, even being from the south, my only experience with rice pudding is Rice to Riches in NYC!
    i'm in the mood for some though so this may be my first recipe.

    -Elizabeth

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  16. I like the sound of not-too-sweet. It looks delicious, and of course your photography is stunning.

    Confession: when I was little, my favorite dessert was made with pre-packaged pistachio pudding. :D

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  17. Gorgeous. I love pistachios but have never used them in a rice pudding. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  18. One of the thing I miss the most about home: rice pudding the way my grandma used to make it. This is perfect Hannah!

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  19. I love your blue bowls...where did you find them? Rice pudding might be my favorite food - lovely photography!

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  20. I haven't had rice pudding in ages. Love the pistachio version. Great photos!

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  21. Yummm..I love rice pudding and pistachios are such an underloved nut! :)

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  22. I was just searching for a rice pudding recipe!! HOW'D YA KNOW?!
    I've been eating (store bought) rice pudding for breakfast the last couple of days.... mmmm I'll be trying this this weekend.

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  23. OMG, Hannah, this must have been so delicious. I can't wait to try the recipe! Love your styling and esp the choice of the light blue bowls.

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  24. I have a surplus of pistcahios and I know someone who loves rice pudding so I am looking forward to trying this recipe. Gorgeous photos.

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  25. Even though I'm not a rice pudding fan, the lack of sweetness and the addition of spices and pistachios intrigues me... The fact that it looks absolutely gorgeous doesn't hurt either ;)

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  26. I love pistachios and rice pudding is such a comfort food. Love the photos as always.

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  27. Haha, I know what you mean about the abandoned salad. :-P You're right; this is nothing like that - it looks wonderful!

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  28. To tell you the truth I am Hannah father and I get to taste everything. This rice pudding is amazing to say the least. I am so proud of my little girl. Love ya Dad.

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  29. Yum yum yum, this looks delicious! Every time I try to make rice pudding it doesn't come out well, but I usually use brown rice and omit the cream. Any ideas for how to make a brown rice pudding come out well? Thanks for the great post!

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  30. lovely! i like that this is not overly sweet. and the combination of cardamom and pistachios is a winner in my book.

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  31. What a super combination! And fabulous foodie photos!
    I cringe when I think of green food coloring some people use. Sort of like key lime pie. Never supposed to be green!
    Rice pudding is a family favorite, a comfort food. I love this recipe!

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  32. This is such a great recipe! Love these flavors together!

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  33. My mother in law uses the same ingredients for her rice pudding (minus the cream), which means you have made an Arabic rice pudding! :)

    As always: Your pictures are beautiful!

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  34. The rice pudding looks soooo comfirting. And I jsut can stop drooling over all your photos.

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  35. I'm not a rice pudding fan, but I am a pistachio fan and I love cardamon. I guess I'm just going to have to try this and see if it will change my mind about rice pudding.

    Thanks for the recipe!

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  36. Mmm! Gourmet version of rice pudding. Sounds delish!

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  37. This looks wonderful... and your photos are GORGEOUS!

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  38. Looks delicious!!

    First time on your blog and I love it!! I run read all the recipes I missed!

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  39. Oh, I love pistachios and I LOVE rice pudding - beautiful combination! Love your photos as well - delightful.

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  40. hi hannah,

    i saw your cheesecake recipe on rasa malaysia and hopped over here. first, cheesecake and rice pudding are two of my favorite desserts and i will be trying out your recipes! second, i'm glad i found your blog--it looks lovely! :)

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  41. there is the Indian version of rice pudding, kheer, which has the cardamom and is often garnished with pistachios. one of my all-time, desert-island comfort foods when I was little.

    yours looks amazing.

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