Chai Rice Pudding
1/2 C. uncooked short-grain white rice
1 C. boiling water
1 t. cornstarch
1/3 C. granulated sugar
5 C. 2 percent milk, divided
1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
10 white cardamom pods, bruised slightly
1 T. grated lemon zest (colored portion of peel)
1/4 t. grated nutmeg
1 t. vanilla
1 t. ground cinnamon, divided
Place rice and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then lower heat, cover and cook gently for 10 minutes or until rice absorbs the water.
Meanwhile, combine cornstarch and sugar in a small bowl. Whisk in 1 cup milk. Add cornstarch-milk mixture to cooked rice along with remaining 4 cups milk. Slowly bring to a boil. Add cinnamon stick, cardamom, lemon zest and nutmeg. Reduce heat; cover and cook gently on medium-low or low heat, 45 minutes to 1 hour or longer, until the rice is creamy and the pudding has thickened.
Stir in vanilla. Remove cinnamon sticks and cardamom pods, or alert your guests that the whole spices are not to be eaten. Divide among 8 ramekins or dessert bowls. Sprinkle each serving with cinnamon. Serve warm or cold.
Source: Adapted from The Joslin Diabetes Great Chefs Cook Healthy Cookbook by Frances Towner Giedt and Bonnie Sanders Polin.