Purple Rice Pudding with Rose Water Dates Recipe

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Purple Rice Pudding with Rose Water Dates
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  1. 1 To prepare the rice, bring the water and rice to a boil in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan. Decrease the temperature to maintain a simmer, cover, and cook until the rice is tender yet still slightly chewy, about 30 minutes. Some water will remain (do not drain).
  2. 2 While the rice is cooking, prepare the date topping. Place the chopped dates in a small bowl and drizzle with 2 teaspoons of the rose water. Add the date strips to a different small bowl and drizzle with the remaining 1 teaspoon rose water. Stir the dates in both bowls and set aside, stirring once or twice more.
  3. 3 To finish, add the half-and-half, sugar, salt, 1/2 teaspoon of the lemon zest, cinnamon stick, and vanilla to the rice. Return to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring several times. Decrease the heat to maintain a gentle bubble and cook, uncovered, for 15 more minutes, stirring every few minutes or so. The consistency should be creamy yet soupy — the mixture will thicken as it cools. Remove the saucepan from the heat and remove the cinnamon stick. Stir in the chopped dates and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest.
  4. 4 Divide the rice pudding among small individual dessert bowls or cups. Garnish with a few of the rose water-infused date strips, and serve warm or at room temperature.
  5. To get a head start: The rice pudding can be made 1 day ahead. Transfer the pudding to a medium bowl and allow to cool to room temperature, stirring a few times. Cover and chill. The rice will continue to absorb liquid — you may need to add a bit of chilled milk or half-and-half just before serving to loosen it. Keep the infused date strips separate, covered with plastic wrap, and garnish the pudding just before serving. To lighten it up: Use whole milk instead of half-and-half for an everyday treat.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 230.11 Kcal (963 kJ)
Calories from fat 84.83 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.43g 15%
Cholesterol 32.01mg 11%
Sodium 128.6mg 5%
Potassium 302.94mg 6%
Total Carbs 35.51g 12%
Sugars 24.58g 98%
Dietary Fiber 2.05g 8%
Protein 3.68g 7%
Vitamin C 0.8mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Calcium 107.3mg 11%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 111.49 Kcal (467 kJ)
Calories from fat 41.1 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.57g 15%
Cholesterol 15.51mg 11%
Sodium 62.31mg 5%
Potassium 146.77mg 6%
Total Carbs 17.21g 12%
Sugars 11.91g 98%
Dietary Fiber 0.99g 8%
Protein 1.78g 7%
Vitamin C 0.4mg 1%
Iron 0.2mg 2%
Calcium 52mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 5
  • 6

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium,
  • low cholesterol

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