Baked Rice Pudding with Peanuts
This is a pudding recipe from Tanzania, on the east coast of the continent.
Zanzibar, known as the Spice Island, a part of Tanzania has traded with India for many centuries, and has had many Indian settlers
As a result some of their cuisine has a distinct Indian influence.
4 cups milk
2 cups rice
3 tablespoons groundnuts
1 tbsp white sugar
salt to taste
To make the Rice Pudding
Place the rice in a sieve and hold under cold running water to remove impurities and loose starch
Use a sharp knife to chop the groundnuts until they are approximately the same size as the rice grains.
This can be somewhat laborious, so you can use a food processor to achieve the same result.
If you do use a food processor pulse the groundnuts 2 or 3 times, being careful nut to grind the nuts to a powder, or smaller than the rice grains, otherwise texture will be lost.
Lightly grease a deep baking pan and place the dry ingredients therein.
Pour in the milk and cover the pan with a baking tray. You can of course use a casserole dish or similar, and cover with the dish lid.
Bake in a medium hot oven, 350oF [175oC] for approximately 1 hour until the rice is cooked.
This Rice Pudding and Peanut dish may be served hot or cold, as a dessert, at the end of a meal. without any additions.
It is so good that it doesn't need anything extra.
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