This dish is not only tasty (of course!) but has a very striking presentation. I have served it at many dinner parties just after guests have announced, “I could not eat another bite of anything. I am so full.” And then they have proceeded to polish off this entire dessert!
This recipe uses cardamom seeds. To obtain them, open a green cardamom pod and use your fingers to coax the tiny seeds out. Pound them gently using a mortar and pestle or put them in a heavy-duty plastic bag and pound them with a hammer.–Monica Bhide
Rice Pudding and Mango Parfait
- 3 cups whole milk
- 2 to 4 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk (see Note)
- 1/4 cup white basmati rice rinsed and drained
- 1 teaspoon cardamom seeds crushed
- 1 ripe mango peeled and diced
- In a deep saucepan, bring the whole milk and condensed milk to a boil over medium heat. Stir constantly to prevent scorching.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the rice and cardamom and mix well. Continue to cook for about 50 minutes, until the milk has reduced by half and you obtain a creamy consistency. Stir frequently while cooking.
- Remove from the heat and allow to come to room temperature.
- Refrigerate, covered, for at least an hour.
- When ready to serve, spoon some pudding into a wine glass, layer with some mango, and add another layer of rice pudding. Serve immediately.
Did you know?Green cardamom is used in various forms around the world: people brew it in coffee, add it to liquors and perfumes, saute it with rice and meats, and in India it is eaten raw, whole (pod and seeds and all) as a digestive after a meal. It is also sold covered in vark, an edible silver foil, that makes it appear like a small shiny stone.
Recipe Testers’ Reviews
Here’s a rich and interesting variation on rice pudding. The cardamom lends an exotic aroma and taste, and the mango adds the same elements plus a festival color to this dessert. A little goes a long way! It is rich and thick, and although the recipe states it serves six, it could easily serve twice that as an elegant ending to a meal. Or, if richness or dairy are a concern, another option would be to switch the proportion of rice pudding to mango, serving more mango with less rice pudding, effectively lightening the overall dessert, yet providing the same flavors to finish off the meal.
I liked that it had to refrigerate for at least an hour after coming to room temperature, so I made it the day before my dinner and chilled it overnight: this meant that I could focus on other dishes the next day, knowing my dessert was ready. As Bhide states, the presentation is striking and she was right – even the fullest of my guests had no trouble polishing off their serving of this rice pudding!
Originally published April 20, 2009