Moroccan Rice Pudding

Moroccan Rice Pudding

This is just delectable – all the rich creaminess of rice pudding with a fruity, aromatic twist – deeply comforting and also healthy, hooray!
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Middle Eastern and Moroccan


  • vegan-desserts


  • 1L soya milk (1 carton)
  • 100g/3oz short grain brown rice
  • Half a handful of unsulphured apricots, chopped
  • Half a handful of raisins
  • Orange flower water (from¬†large supermarkets and Asian grocers etc)
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp agave syrup
  • 75g/2½ oz wholemeal semolina (available from health food shops)
  • 80-100ml/3-3½ fl oz water
  • 1-2 pinches ground cardamom
  • Orange zest for garnish – and cinnamon sticks (optional)
  • Instructions

    1. Pour soya milk into a saucepan and bring to the boil.

    2. Add rice and simmer for 30-40 minutes or until rice is cooked – stir frequently to stop rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan and stir milk skin back in!

    3. Meanwhile, place chopped apricots and raisins in a small bowl.

    4. Cover with orange flower water and set aside.

    5. Mix semolina with water to make a smooth paste.

    6. Add to rice pudding when rice is ready.

    7. Stir until thickened then add dried fruit and orange flower water, syrup, cardamom, vanilla extract and almond essence.

    8. Add more water if rice/semolina mixture is too thick.

    9. Serve hot or cold – if you wish to eat it cold, spoon into small bowls and chill before serving.

    10. Garnish with orange zest – and a piece of cinnamon stick if you’re feeling arty!

    Optional extras / notes

    • 45 minutes cooking time, plus chilling time if serving cold

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