How many times have we thought rice is a blessing? We use it for holy purposes but we also can pressure up a quick pulao or khichdi when hunger pangs are drumming away! This is one grain that is about 98% percent digestible. In India we are familiar with Basmati, Patna or brown rice but it is also available as Italian Rice and Glutinous Rice which is popular in Chinese and Japanese cuisines.
Pick, wash and soak rice in sufficient water for half an hour. Soak raisins in water for 15 minutes. Squeeze out excess water. Chop dates roughly. Finely shred orange rind.
Boil milk in a non-stick saucepan. Drain and add rice to the boiling milk, reduce heat and cook, stirring continuously till the rice is soft and the milk is completely absorbed. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
Combine cooked rice with honey, raisins, vanilla essence, chopped dates, shredded orange rind and fresh orange juice. Pour into a medium sized ceramic or glass ovenproof dish. Bake the pudding in the preheated oven at 160°C for fifteen minutes. Serve warm or chilled.
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