Here is a delicious warm pudding, highly recommended for nursing mothers, children, the elderly and people recovering from illness. The young, fit and healthy can enjoy it too, especially if you are vata or pitta! Allow two hours almond soaking time.
- 2/3 cup slivered almonds
- 1 cup boiling water
- 6 cups coconut milk
- 2 tbsp Cream of Rice
- ¼ tsp saffron threads
- 1/2 tsp crushed cardamom seeds
- ½ cup turbinado sugar
- 2 tbsp toasted slivered almonds for garnishing
Place almonds in a bowl, add the boiling water, and soak for 2 hours. Pour nuts and soak water into food processor and process until smooth. Slowly add one cup of coconut milk and process again until smooth.
Put the rest of the coconut milk into a heavy bottomed pan and bring to a boil. While stirring constantly, sprinkle in the cream of rice, then pour the blended almond mixture in. Turn down the heat, add the saffron, cardamom and sugar. Simmer, stirring attentively, until the pudding is reduced to one third of its original volume. Remove from the heat and beat with a whisk to smooth the texture. Serve warm or at room temperature, garnished with toasted almonds.
Alakananda Ma is a Certified Ayurvedic Doctor (NAMA) and graduate of a top London medical school. She is co-founder of Alandi Ayurveda Clinic and Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula in Boulder Colorado, as well as a spiritual mother, teacher, flower essence maker and storyteller. Alakananda is a well known and highly respected practitioner in the Ayurveda community both nationally and internationally.