Craving a Mediterranean sweet treat? Try our SimpleMD Rice Pudding, inspired by all the healthy ingredients from the Mediterranean Diet.
½ cup basmati rice
4 cups milk
3 tablespoons sugar
¼ cup raisins
½ teaspoon cardamom
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon rose water (optional)
¼ teaspoon almonds, chopped
1 tablespoon orange zest
Soak the rice in water for 10 minutes and drain.
In a heavy saucepan, bring the milk and sugar to a low boil over medium-high heat.
Add the rice, raisins, cardamom, and cinnamon and simmer over low heat until thickened (about 45 minutes), stirring frequently.
Remove from the heat and add the rose water (if desired).
Combine the almonds and orange zest. Ladle the pudding into serving bowls and garnish with the almond mixture. Serve hot or cold.