This week, explore the soothing delights of an aniseed infused coconut rice pudding. This indulgent yet healthy dessert offers a perfect balance of creamy coconut, fragrant aniseed, and tender, aromatic rice grains. This recipe promises to wrap you in a cozy embrace with every spoonful!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground aniseed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Sliced almonds and berries for garnish (optional)

Method

  1. Rinse the jasmine rice under cold water until the water runs clear.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the rinsed rice, coconut milk, water, maple syrup, ground aniseed, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20-25 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and the mixture has thickened.
  4. Remove from heat and let the rice pudding cool slightly before serving.
  5. Garnish with sliced almonds and/or berries for an extra burst of flavour and colour.

Pro Tips

  1. Stir the rice pudding frequently while cooking to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan and ensure a creamy texture.
  2. Adjust the sweetness to your preference by adding more or less maple syrup.
  3. For a festive twist, sprinkle ground cinnamon or nutmeg on top before serving.

Health Benefits

  • Jasmine Rice: A good source of carbohydrates, jasmine rice provides energy to fuel your day. It is also low in fat and contains essential nutrients like manganese and selenium.
  • Coconut Milk: Rich and creamy coconut milk adds a luscious texture to the rice pudding while offering a range of health benefits. It contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) that may support heart health and boost metabolism.
  • Ground Aniseed: In addition to its aromatic flavour, aniseed is known for its digestive properties and potential health benefits, including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

Happy cooking and bon app├ętit!