Thursday, May 29

Coconut-Lime Rice Pudding with Mangoes and Cashews

coconut lime rice pudding with mangoes and cashews

Do you ever get the Sunday night blues? You know, that feeling of disappointment that the weekend is over and Monday morning looms like a dark cloud?

It happens to me sometimes. And when I feel this way, I usually crave something comforting. This past Sunday it was rice pudding--the quintessential comfort food. That's because it's warm, creamy, and unabashedly carb-y. These are the good carbs though, the ones that make you feel like you're receiving a hug from your mom.

Even if you don't get the Sunday night blues, everyone needs a little comfort now and again. And rice pudding leaves you feeling good every time.

Though I typically use traditional flavorings like cinnamon and vanilla, I went a little tropical with this one by using coconut milk, grated lime zest, and toasted shredded coconut. It still has all the benefits of classic rice pudding but with a little sass. Top it with diced, ripe mango, crunchy cashew nuts, and toasted coconut, and you'll be laughing before you know it. And all of a sudden, Monday morning won't seem so bad.

Coconut-Lime Rice Pudding with Mangoes and Cashews
Serves 4
Print recipe only here.

1/2 cup Arborio rice
2 cups water
2 cups coconut milk (regular or light)
1/3 cup sugar
zest of 1/2 lime
4 tablespoons sweetened shredded coconut, toasted

1 small, ripe mango, diced
2 tablespoons sweetened coconut shreds, toasted
2 tablespoons unsalted cashew nuts, chopped
a pinch of lime zest

Place 4 tablespoons shredded coconut in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Shake the pan handle gently in a back-and-forth motion for 2-3 minutes to ensure even toasting, or until coconut is golden and aromatic. Set aside.

Add rice, water, coconut milk, and sugar to a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, stir well, and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer, letting the rice bubble gently for 35-45 minutes, stirring occasionally. When done, the rice will be plump, and the pudding will be thick and creamy. Give it a taste--the rice should be fully cooked yet maintain a slight firmness.

Remove from heat, and stir in the lime zest and toasted coconut. Allow to cool slightly before placing in individual serving dishes. Garnish each dish with fresh diced mango, toasted coconut, chopped cashews, and finely grated lime zest.

You might also like these coconut-y desserts:

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

Hello Dolly Cookie Bars

Coconut Lemonquat Tea Cake

Banana Coconut Almond Bread

Here are more delicious rice pudding recipes with coconut milk:

Arfi's Bubur Ketan Hitam (Black Rice Pudding with Cooked Coconut Milk)
Bea's Coconut Rice Pudding with Stewed Rhubarb and Strawberries
Kevin's Mango Coconut Rice Pudding
Peter G's Vanilla and Cardamom Rice Pudding

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Unknown said...

That looks and sounds really good! I have been enjoying rice puddings lately. I like the sound of the coconut and lime flavour combo.

Stephanie Stiavetti said...

Looks divine!

How do you have your site create a printable copy? I really like that feature.

Unknown said...

Never a rice pudding I turned down :) I love the flavors you out together in this one!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Susan didn't anyone ever tell you rice pudding makes boring photos.
I have never seen a more exciting rice pudding than this! Seriously. You've somehow managed to capture the lovely thickness of the pudding and kept the individual grains of rice and then you've danced it with sunshine mangoes, cashews, coconut and lime! Really beautiful!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A nice and original way of preparing rice pudding! Delicious and elegant!



ChichaJo said...

That would banish even the worse case of Sunday night blues! :)

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I've never been a rice pudding person, but I'm the only one in my family who isn't -- will pass this recipe on to hubby, who is so fond of both rice pudding and mangoes.

Asha said...

OHO!! Taking a trip to India with all those South Indian flavors in your dish today, eh Susan? :)
That bowl reminds me of home. It's Mango season in India, I am so jealous of all the Indian bloggers in India flaunting juicy mangoes these days.My grandfather has many Cashew trees in his coffee plantation. As kids, we used pluck green Cashews, roast them, hit them with rock to open and eat the warm toasted cashews!!
Fabulous looking dessert, enjoy.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Susan, I'll remember you next time I have the Sunday night blues. Then I'll rush to the kitchen and make something delicious like this rice pudding!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Mmm... sounds good to me. Particularly liking the simple but inspired addition of the cashews.

Nic said...

This is the perfect dish to put anyone in a good mood, desserts like this make me feel happy!

Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

Mmmmm...this is more than comforting Susan. This is mind numbing. Love all the ingredients used here esp the coconut milk.

NĂºria said...

It sounds so exotic to me Susan... I never ever use coconut in any of my recipes and mixing it with rice is like food from other planet. However, I must say it looks awesome and I wouldn't mind at all to have a tapa of your pudding :D

Thanks for the link to coconut and lime!

brandin + kari said...

700 posts! I cant even imagine having that many recipes to put on my blog:) This looks great and would be the perfect antidote for the Sunday night blues. I used to get them when I lived in New York City and knew I had to go back to school on Monday.

Anonymous said...

I love rice pudding but would be the only one eating it in my house.

Not that this is a bad thing.

I might splurge for carnaroli rice for this dish...a little extra shot of goodness wouldn't hurt.

Proud Italian Cook said...

I love your "sassy" rice pudding Susan, out of the norm and lovely to look at!! I could never be blue eating this!

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

Yummy, Susan.
This one's right down my road. Mango, coconut, lime and cashenuts. Lots of Indian flavours and truly tropical.
Btw, Goa grows some of the best cashewnuts around.

Ivy said...

This is definitely comfort food and I like the addition of cashews and lime.

Anonymous said...

Delicious photos.I loved this aromatic rice pudding.

glamah16 said...

Thats a fun rice pudding!

Finla said...

I love rice pudding aepecially with sweet marmaled ( my sweet tooth)
Never made them at home.
I have been wanting to make them, but never founfd a good recipe, now i have them i am going to make them.
Just have to buy Arborio rice.

Heather said...

holy f! you've been cooking up a storm this week :) I am allergic to coconut, but I do love the smell... so this smells really good :) I always have my sunday blues on monday mornings.... but i'm glad to hear you got over your bummy mood :)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

kevin-Thanks. I liked the sound of yours too.

steph-Thanks. I use google pages.

helen-Do people actually turn down rice pudding? ;)

tanna-Do you see my big smile?

rosa-Thanks so much, my dear!

joey-It does!

lydia-Hope he likes it!

asha-A cashew tree? Really? How fabulous. I'm jealous of all those mango trees too.

patricia-You won't be sorry!

forkful-It adds another dimension of flavor plus a little crunch.

nicisme-Me too! :)

peterg-I know. I loved yours too.

nuria-I hope you try it; and I hope you participate in Rachel's event. :)

anticiplate-It's quite an achievement, isn't it? Rice pudding will knock those blues right out. I promise. :)

kate-Sounds good to me.

marie-Aw, thanks!

aparna-I didn't realize how Indian this was until you and Asha mentioned it. But I guess it is; I love Indian food!

ivy-They're a refreshing change from the way I usually make it.

monica-Thanks so much!

coco-And fun to eat too!

happy cook-And it couldn't be easier!

heather-Allergic to coconut? Oh, no :(

Annie said...

I definately know the Sunday night blues. I usually eat my way through it, only I eat munchies instead. I guess it gets out my frustrations!!!!

The pudding looks so yummy. I love the flavor combos.

sra said...

It looks lovely, Susan! I like the combination of things that you've used.

Deborah Dowd said...

I am not usually a fan of rice pudding (too many school cafeteria versions, I guess), but this version is inspired! I think this would be a great finish to a spicy Indian meal!

Chibog in Chief said...

all the goodness of earth mixed in one bowl!! oh susan you are really gifted!!! i love it!!

LyB said...

That sounds fabulous Susan! I love rice pudding and really like your idea of jazzing it up.

Manggy said...

Ah, you are trying to lure a "Manggy" with one of his favorite fruits, a mango! Well, it worked! Gorgeous pudding Susan! :)

Anonymous said...

The combination of coconut and rice pudding is so delicious! Love the addition of mango and cashews.

Tempered Woman said...

I love cashews paired with mango, the flavors go together so incredibly well! I actually used them in a cupcake. I love rice pudding too but I feel like a little old lady admitting to that. ;-)

Lisa Turner said...

What a tempting pudding. As a devotee of Indian cuisine, I am almost ashamed to admit that I have never made rice pudding. I will have to change that. I'm very much liking the sound of your recipe.

Sharona May said...

Delighful. I love it! Rice pudding is a wonderful dessert but is often forgotten Thanks for the reminder.

Sharona May

Peter M said...

What an exotic twist to a ole' classic. I'm just cuckoo for coconut!

Anonymous said...

My my, this looks and reads lovely! What a great combination of flavors. Your recipes are always sooo good!

maybelles mom said...

gorgeous pictures.

TBC said...

The pudding looks marvellous, Susan! and that bowl is such a lovely shade of blue!

Jeanne said...

What lovely photos! I've never been one for rice pudding, but I am familiar with the Sunday Night blues... Maybe this will be the miracle cure for mine too!

Darby said...

Call it what you will, but it's impossible to say the name of this recipe out loud without it coming out like "Coconut-lime! Rice Pudding! With Mangoes! And Cashews!"

Oh my!

ames said...

Sunday night? I start to get that feeling at like 2pm! I bet this pudding does the trick though. I absolutely *adore* rice pudding, but the coconut, lime, and cashews just sent me over the edge *swoon*