This warm and creamy coconut rice pudding is a the perfect comfort dessert. It's made with fragrant kaffir lime and coconut milk. Topped with vanilla and brown sugar pineapple, it's family friendly and vegan. Ready in 25 minutes.
Okay. We're throwing it right back to 1980 over here with our rice pudding. But we've definitely given it an update! This is one of my favourite desserts of all time. I've been making it for years, and it is a true favourite. This week I'm 4 for 4 on simple no messing about recipes. And this is one of the easiest. I've done the usual step by step photos, but you won't really need them. This recipe is as straight forward as they come.
What I almost forgot to tell you was that you can totally go straight to the low fat coconut milk with this recipe. Absolutely no need to go the whole hog on this one. There's so much else going on, that you won't notice that it's low fat!
When ever you make rice pudding it's such a great idea to use arborio rice. That's the rice that you use for rissotto. There's a couple reasons for this. First being that we want to save some moola and only be picking up 1 type of rice on our weekly grocery run. Reason 2 is that arborio is meant to be used in a very different application than regular rice. It's not meant to absorb all the liquid it's cooked in but, regular rice is.
How to Make Coconut & Lime Rice Pudding
Choose a heavy pan with a wide surface area
Add your liquid and kaffir lime. We're using a mix coconut milk and cashew milk to keep it as a vegan dessert, but you can easily use the same quantity of milk.
The rice needs to cook on a low simmer for about 25 minutes, while you stir occasionally. This is a pretty low maintenance dessert. You may be tempted to keep cooking the rice out longer, because it may look a little loose. Don't be tempted. As the pudding cools, it thickens and starts to set up. If you cook it out too long, it will get too thick.
Now, the crowning glory of this dessert. The brown sugar pineapple. You can use any sugar for this. I just used demerara because I love the flavour of it mixed with the pineapple and vanilla. Again, low maintenance. Add pineapple, sugar and vanilla. If your pineapple isn't really juicy, then you can add a splash of water.
This dessert does really well being made ahead of time. Just pack the rice pudding and the pineapple in separate containers and they can be made about 2 days ahead of time. Perfect if your entertaining and want something simple but with a bit of a showoff streak!
Kaffir Lime Rice Pudding
For the pineapple
- ½ pineapple diced
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 vanilla pod
- In a wide heavy sauce pan place the rice, sugar, lime leaf and milk and place on a medium heat. Bring up to the boil and turn down to a simmer for 20-25 minutes stirring occasionally.
For the pineapple
- Place the pineapple, sugar and vanilla pod in a small sauce pan, over a low to medium heat. Cook until the pineapple is juicy and the brown sugar is melted and starting to caramelise. About 10 minutes.
- Spoon the rice pudding into glasses or dessert bowls. Top with the pineapple and some cilantro and lime zest.