The smell of juicy, juicy mangoes is in the air right now here in Sydney and have I got just the recipe for you to enjoy them with: Black Rice Pudding made in the pressure cooker or Instant Pot/multi-cooker. This dessert or sweet snack can be enjoyed hot or cold and you can customise the toppings to whatever you like. Making it in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker means a hands-off and fuss free dessert is in your near future.
Gosh, I have to say, this Black Rice pudding is on very high rotation in my house right now. I've never actually made it before but was glad of the suggestion to try it in the Instant Pot. Of course, I can never pass up an opportunity to cook something that has dark purple tones. This recipe is yet another reason I am glad I made the decision to ditch strict Paleo eating a while ago, aside from the more relaxed way of eating of course! I'm certainly not a Paleo-hater, but I am glad it turned out to be a starting point and not the end point of the healthy eating journey.
So, about this recipe. Its subtle sweetness, chewy grains and coconut flavour are a tropical match made either in heaven, or perhaps a magical rainforest. Black Rice Pudding is a traditional dessert popular in South East Asia, particular Indonesia and Malaysia. It's usually served hot, but I actually prefer it cold especially as the weather warms up. Top it with chilled coconut milk, juicy mango and toasted coconut flakes and you'll likely be going back for seconds, and probably thirds too!
If you don't own an Instant Pot/multi-cooker or pressure cooker, here's a recipe for making it on the stove. If you've been thinking of getting a pressure cooker or a multi-cooker like an Instant Pot, I really hope this recipe gives you some pressure cooking envy to nudge you in the direction of buying one! They really are a versatile, time saving powerhouse to have in your kitchen. The one I own is actually a multi-cooker but I mostly use it as a pressure cooker. I'll be posting an article real soon all about my love for my pressure cooker!
Get the recipe below and you're all set for a sweet summer.
Black Rice Pudding (Instant Pot | Pressure Cooker)
- 1 cup Thai black glutinous rice (or any variety of black rice eg. forbidden rice)
- 3 cups water
- 2-3 tablespoons coconut sugar* (or any sugar will do)
- 1 teaspooon vanilla essence
- generous pinch of salt
- ½ cup coconut cream or milk (optional)
- fresh mango
- coconut milk optional
- toasted coconut flakes
- Rinse the rice until it runs clear
- Place all ingredients except the coconut cream/milk in the pressure cooker. Set for 35 minutes on high/manual.
- Once the time is up, let the pressure release manually for 10 minutes
- Stir in the coconut cream/milk if using.
- If eating warm, serve immediately with mango and coconut flakes or place in the fridge for a few hours to enjoy cold.
- Store in the fridge for up to 4 days. The grains get quite firm the longer they are in the fridge, so it tends to be better if eaten sooner rather than later.