Indian-style Black Rice Pudding

Indian-Style Black RIce Pudding | The Laughing TableFebruary is hard. Oh, there are lots of things I love about the month. Two of my best friends celebrate their birthdays (on the same day as each other no less) and Valentine’s Day has its myriad charms despite its aggressive consumerist flaws and the overwhelming pressure to be the most romantic you have ever been. Also, the nerd in me relishes Black History Month and the fact that February stems from the Latin word februum which means purification. But let’s be honest, for most countries in the Northern Hemisphere February is a cold month saturated with icy rains or ceaseless snowfall and inevitably someone in your family will fall to the seasonal flu, which essentially means you are housebound.

Indian-Style Black RIce Pudding | The Laughing TableIt may sound like I’m whining, but honestly, being housebound can be a wonderful thing especially when it interrupts a crazy busy schedule. There is a special kind of comfort and joy to be had by lounging in a warm house, looking out at the gray skies through windows draped with silvery rain. Yes, it can get boring but not if you take the time and care to use the opportunity to relax.

Indian-Style Black RIce Pudding | The Laughing TableFor me, and I’m hoping you too, this is where cooking comes in. I spent a rainy Saturday morning in my fuzzy pink socks lazily assembling this rice pudding recipe for you while listening to my Rainy Day playlist. I’ve included both bellow for your enjoyment the next time you find yourself with a quiet moment at home on a grey winter day. The rice pudding is almost ridiculously easy but the gorgeous purple-black hue of coconut soaked rice and the exotic flavors of cardamon, pistachios and diced fruit (mango pairs beautifully with it, if you have any one hand) meld together to create a sophisticated dish perfect for serving at a dinner party in small bowls or as a breakfast pudding for the family.

Indian-Style Black RIce Pudding | The Laughing Table

Rainy Day Playlist

I Don’t Live In A Dream | Jackie Green

The Acrobat | Jonathon Rice

After The Storm | Mumford & Sons

I Love The Rain The Most | Joe Purdy

The Calendar Girl | Stars

Cross Bones Style | Cat Power

Pictures | Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Aventine | Agnes Obel

I See Fire | Ed Sheeran

My Match | Odessa Rose

I Think Ur A Contra | Vampire Weekend 

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Indian-style Black Rice Pudding
  • 2 cups black rice
  • 2 litres water
  • 1½ cup coconut milk
  • 5 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon cane sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamon
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • ⅓ cup golden raisins
  • ⅓ pistachios, shelled and unsalted
  • 1 mango
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ⅓ cup coconut flakes, toasted
  • ⅓ sliced almonds
  1. In a large bowl, soak the black rice in water for at least 8 hours or overnight. Drain half the liquid and transfer the remaining mixture to a covered saucepan over medium low heat. After most of the water has been absorbed, approximately ten minutes later, add the coconut milk, honey, sugar, spices and salt. Stir gently until incorporated and allow to simmer without the lid on for five to ten minutes until the pudding has thickened. Turn off the heat, stir in the nuts and coconut flakes, reserving some as a garnish, and transfer the mixture to small serving dishes. Refrigerate for at least twenty minutes and serve at room temperature or chilled.



  1. Melody says

    This is sooo good! I wanted to make rice pudding, but with a better nutritional profile than white rice. I have tried substituting both black and brown rice in my usual white rice pudding recipe, but it left us craving the original. This is such an improvement! And, its naturally dairy free and gluten free (bonus!) Thank you!

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