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Old 04-04-2012, 02:30 PM   #1
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Rice Pudding - The Inconsistencies

Based on some recent comments I heard recently (not on DC), I was curious about rice pudding.

I took a few minutes to visit that interweb place and look up some rice pudding recipes. Apparently, no two recipes are alike. I don't mean in the flavorings or even the types of rice used. I'm talking about the bizarre variations in the amounts of the basic ingredients.

First, dairy. Usually milk, but sometimes in combination with cream. If you start with a set amount, let's say a quart of whole milk, you would assume the amounts of rice and sugar would be fairly standard. Not so!

Rice. I saw anywhere from a half-cup to 2 cups of rice called out for a quart of milk.

Sugar. Again, for a quart of milk, anywhere from 1/3 of a cup to a full cup.

These variations seem to vary too much to make sense. I understand that individual tastes differ, but these differences seem extreme to me.

Flavorings are another thing and they are fascinating in a good way. Often the variations are due to geographic differences. Dried and fresh fruits, varying spices from cinnamon and nutmeg to cardamom and vanilla.

It's all very interesting.

What do you think?
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:12 PM   #2
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Is there any other such dish, something involving multiple ingredients and some non-trivial preparation, that appears in more places around the world? Rice pudding seems to not only be known but to have considerable history in just about every place except Polynesia and Africa south of the north coast. I would be amazing if there weren't hundreds of variations. What's funny is how some of the recipe's varied on account of rice being particularly cheap or expensive in some place.
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:17 PM   #3
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Sure!....heard of many variations. In our household, DH insists on raisins and cinnamon whilst I like chocolate and apples.

Rice is just a 'holder' for other good stuff, like bread is to a sandwich - no?
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:51 PM   #4
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Sure!....heard of many variations. In our household, DH insists on raisins and cinnamon whilst I like chocolate and apples.

Rice is just a 'holder' for other good stuff, like bread is to a sandwich - no?

Sure, but I'm not talking about the flavorings like raisins and cinnamon or chocolate and apples. I'm talking about the ratios of rice, sugar and dairy.
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:02 PM   #5
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You're right. Americans have it like thick pudding. when I make Indian version it's very thin milk or coconut milk base with a bit of rice floating in it and flavoring of course. Both yummy!
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:09 PM   #6
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I've eaten the Indian style many times and it can have such interesting flavors, but I wish that it were a bit thicker.

My favorite type is like Cozy Shack brand, nice and thick.
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:51 PM   #7
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I really like rice, but for some reason I don't like rice pudding. You're right Andy, the ratio's seem really far apart. Maybe I've just never happened on the right ratio that would appeal to me.
Rasins? Noooooooo.
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:56 PM   #8
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That's pretty interesting, Andy. I would not have expected so much quantity difference between rice, sugar and dairy. For me it would make it tough to look at three recipes and combine them. In my case I would probably have to try each one first, as written, to see which one I liked and for what reason... especially since I've never had rice pudding, lol.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:32 PM   #9
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My rice pudding is basically a cooked vanilla pudding with rice and cinnamon, I make an egg custard base.
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:39 PM   #10
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Mine too. I love it with raisins! (sorry Kayelle).

Wow, Pac! Never had rice pudding?
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