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5 min Indian Rice Pudding {dairy-free delicious}

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This 5 Minute Indian Rice Pudding with dates and pistachios recipe is part of a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Ready to Serve Rice.

Judging by the amount of joggers at the park this weekend and the lack of salad kits at the grocery store, we’re all full swing into our New Year’s resolutions.  Stick with it!  The main reason people fail at their healthy lifestyle resolutions is convenience.  We are all so busy with work, the kids, house upkeep and all of the etcs, it is easy to put our health last.  The trick is to make that healthy lifestyle convenient – and you can do that – even desserts!

My husband and I are on Day 6 of our detoxifying soup cleanse.  There was a couple days in there of pretty severe head and body aches (with a touch of the fever chills) but now that we are past the hump, we feel AMAZING!  After all the sweets and booze of the holidays, it was totally necessary.  We were both starting to feel very sluggish and with a looming house move, we can’t afford to feel that way.

Now that we are past the actual detox, we’ve begun to add foods back in but still no dairy, bread, caffeine or alcohol.  Rice has always been a pretty big staple for us and since we are mega busy with two kids’ birthdays and a big move to our new permanent house, we’ve stocked our pantry with Minute® Ready to Serve Rice. This stuff is like meal-time GOLD. It is available in many varieties including: Whole Grain options of Brown Rice, Brown & Wild Rice and Multi-Grain Medley, Jasmine Rice, White Rice, Chicken Rice Mix, Yellow Rice Mix, and Fried Rice Mix. These are all ready in the microwave in just 60 seconds!!  Perfectly portioned, fluffy rice in just 60 seconds… it’s like a miracle (and great for kids).

5 minute indian rice pudding #minutesnacksHave you ever had rice pudding at an Indian restaurant?  If you have, you know about the magic that is Kheer.  I make my own version at home, taking from the traditional flavors and adding a twist.  This recipe is totally dairy-free to keep on with my diet but you can swap in cow milk products if you want – the ratios are the same.

Traditionally, you will find nuts and dried fruit in Kheer like pistachios, almonds, cashews and raisins.  I live in the desert where we have date farms, so I swapped raisins for dates and I wanted to keep this simple so I’m just using pistachios. The spices you will find are cardamom and saffron… well I didn’t have any saffron in my pantry so I just skipped it, but I did add in a star anise to impart flavor.

easy rice pudding #minutesnacksNormally, I would simmer my pudding ingredients for 30-40 minutes on the stove top but this recipe is all about ease!  An easy way to avoid the long simmer time is to swap milk for something already thick – like coconut milk! 5 minutes and you have amazingly developed flavors that light up your palate like a Christmas tree!

This is a simple, tasty and healthy dessert – perfect for your healthy lifestyle resolutions.  And since we are using pre-portioned rice, you won’t over-indulge!

5 minute indian rice pudding #minutesnacks

5 Min Indian Rice Pudding with Dates and Pistachios

Ingredients

1 Jasmine Minute® Ready to Serve Rice
3/4 C light coconut milk
1/8 tsp cardamom
1 tsp raw honey, or to taste
2 large medjool dates, chopped
4-5 pistachios, shelled and chopped
1 star anise
1/4 tsp salt, or to taste

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan combine all ingredients except rice.  Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer.
  2. Prepare Minute® Ready to Serve Rice according to packaging.  When cooked, add to the saucepan.
  3. Simmer together until you’ve reached 5 minutes total time.  Remove star anise and serve.  Top with extra nuts and dates if desired.

Visit Minute® Website for recipes, including Stir-In recipe ideas, and more information about the Minute® Ready to Serve Rice family of products.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Ready to Serve Rice.

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7 Comments

  1. Jenna Wood
    January 7, 2015 at 1:42 pm — Reply

    I love how convenient these Minute Rice cups are- I cook for one often so it’s nice to be able to have delicious rice options without all the hassle. Whenever I make Thai I always have a side of coconut sticky rice so I will have to try your dessert recipe!

  2. January 7, 2015 at 10:16 pm — Reply

    That rice pudding look incredible, but i have to say I’m dying to know more about your progress with the soup cleanse. It seems like cleanses are on the rise, and I haven’t tried one yet. I think it’d be a great way to get a fresh start.

    • January 8, 2015 at 12:54 pm — Reply

      I have to post some more of my soups!! Today is day 7 and we both feel amazing. My husband lost 6 lbs (partially water) and he doesn’t have much to lose = ) I love a cleanse bc it breaks all bad eating habits and afterwards you have to say – YES I am going to start putting processed food or added sugar back into my body…. you won’t want to! The soup cleanse is much easier than the juice cleanse… fiber and protein keeps you more satisfied and there are textures! Love them – anyone can do it.

  3. January 8, 2015 at 12:13 pm — Reply

    Did you say 5 minutes? It’s a deal. I’m always looking for new things to do with cardamom.

    • January 8, 2015 at 12:49 pm — Reply

      ME too! I heart cardamom so much.

  4. January 8, 2015 at 1:39 pm — Reply

    I have never had rice pudding or jasmine flavored rice. I am excited to try some of the new flavors Minute has to offer.

  5. January 8, 2015 at 3:04 pm — Reply

    I love quick and easy things! I use rice quite often I need to grab some of these to have on hand I sometimes change the meal around if I forgot to start the rice up.

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