Recipe by Shannon Cooks
Comfort food with an unusual twist for lovers of Turkish Delight. Looks beautiful garnished with fresh rose petals. Note regarding pudding rice: pudding rice is a type of rice sold in the United Kingdom. If you can't find it, use a short grain rice. It doesn't have to be soaked beforehand. Do not use Basmati rice, that's a form of long grain rice!
Top Review by ClarkeCC
I made this for a Middle Eastern themed dinner party and this was a big hit. I made it pretty much as listed, except that I made my own caster sugar in my coffee grinder. I wasn't sure what pudding rice was either, but I used an Egyptian short grain rice that I bought at a local international grocery, and while any rice will work, a short grain firm rice will definitely give you a more classic texture.
- 1 cup pudding rice or 1 cup short-grain rice
- 3⁄4 cup superfine sugar or 3⁄4 cup caster sugar
- 2 1⁄2 cups whole milk, plus
- 2 -3 tablespoons extra whole milk, for mixing
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons rose water
- ground cinnamon, for sprinkling
- fresh rose petals, for garnish (not dried) (optional)
Directions See How It's Made
- Place the pudding rice in a large non-stick saucepan. Pour in enough water to cover the rice one inch above the level of the rice.
- Bring to a boil and cook until rice is tender. Do not cover.
- Add the milk and sugar.
- Return to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer. Do not cover.
- Mix together the cornstarch with a tablespoon or two of milk to form a slightly runny paste.
- While stirring the rice, slowly add the cornstarch mixture.
- Mix in the rosewater and bring to a boil. Do not cover.
- Remove from heat and transfer the rice into a large glass serving bowl or 6 individual ramekins.
- Cool at room temperature and then refrigerate for at least one hour.
- Dust with cinnamon before serving and garnish with rose petals (if desired).