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Coconut Mango Rice Pudding

Posted By Kelly On July 26, 2010 @ 12:00 pm In Baking,Featured Articles,Pudding and Custard,Recipes | 30 Comments

What do you do when you have a mango approaching over-ripeness and a half a can of coconut milk?

I don’t know about you, but I turn it into rice pudding!   Mango and coconut are a perfect flavor match.  I love, for example, chunks of ripe mango with some toasted coconut scattered over the top.  For a while I considered making a coconut pudding with mango chunks in it, but that seemed sort of boring.  That is when I considered a rice pudding.  With the body from the rice, the chunks of ripe mango, and some crunchy toasted coconut I knew I had a winner.

This is a very creamy, very rich dessert that has the right balance of tangy fruit, toasty coconut, and subtle sweetness.  That said, please make sure you use a ripe mango.  Since you are adding it after the cooking is over it will not soften much from the residual heat, so a hard, sour mango will be a disappointment.   You can omit the toasted coconut if you prefer. Feel free to add more mango and 1/4 teaspoon of coconut extract to punch up the coconut flavor.  I prefer a thick, creamy rice pudding, but if you like it a bit thinner you can add four more ounces of both milk and coconut milk, and an extra two tablespoons of sugar.  This is a great recipe to play with, or to enjoy just they way I did.

Coconut Mango Rice Pudding     Serves 6

2 cups fresh cooked rice
7 ounces coconut milk
7 ounces milk, 2% or higher
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup diced mango, plus more for garnish
1/2 cup shredded coconut, toasted, plus more for garnish

In a large sauce pan combine the coconut milk, milk, sugar, butter, spices, and vanilla.  Add the cooked rice and stir to combine.

Cook the mixture over medium heat until it reaches a boil.  Boil for one minute then turn off the heat and fold in the diced mango and toasted coconut.

Divide into the serving dishes and garnish with mango and coconut.


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