RICE PUDDING WITH TURMERIC AND ALMONDS

Rice Pudding With Turmeric and Almonds

When it comes to turmeric I have to admit that I have spent most of my life without realizing what a great spice it is, like the ignoramus I can be, I considered it as a colouring spice more than a flavour spice and I had absolutely no idea about it’s qualities as a medicinal spice but now I am reformed and know better. One of my best friends is fighting cancer and she has wisely decided to fight it from more fronts than one which means that, in addition to the more traditional treatment she is under, she has also adopted a special diet in order to both strengthen her body and to use it as a weapon. I really admire her strength and determination. Anyway, she was the one who told me about turmeric and how good it is for you, she gave the recipe of a turmeric, lemon and ginger drink that I now take every day and when I started to do some research to know more of turmeric I discovered that it seems to have qualities that may help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease so in my case it couldn’t be better. One of the side effects of this drink is that I have realized that I really like the subtle flavour of turmeric and eating/drinking it on its own has pushed me onto the path of de-constructing curry, I now can feel which role it has in the composition of many spices and herbs that is curry. A very interesting experience.
But this is not a post about my flavour adventures but my entry to Barbara of winosand foodiesLiveSTRONG With A Taste Of Yellow 2009 event, it is now an established food blog tradition from all over the world to participate in Barbara’s yearly event, I am sure you have noticed a yellow wave sweeping through the food blogs recently! Yellow it was and my choice obviously fell on turmeric but I wanted to use it in something I usually don’t use it in and I immediately had a vision of a turmeric rice pudding, intensely yellow and smooth and with a sweet turmeric taste. I used quite a lot of turmeric but you can reduce the amount in order to make the taste subtler if you want.

This recipe is dedicated to my brave, fighting friend.

Rice Pudding With Turmeric and Almonds

RICE PUDDING WITH TURMERIC AND ALMONDS

1000 ml/ 4,2 cups milk or 50/50 milk and water
250 ml/ 1 cup rice, I used originario,
3-4 tblsp sugar
1-1,5 tblsp turmeric in powder
water if needed
blanched almonds, chopped

- Mix all the ingredients in a pan and bring to a simmer. Leave it to simmer for at least 30 minutes and remember to stir often as it has a tendency to burn.
- If it gets too thick or dry, add a little water and simmer on until it is ready.
- Let it cool down and serve topped with chopped almonds.

Rice Pudding With Turmeric and Almonds

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