Coconut Black Rice Pudding

by on April 5, 2006
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Before I get to the recipe, let me share with you my new arrival:
Kuhn Rikon

A Kuhn Rikon Pressure Cooker! A few weeks ago, I killed my pressure cooker by over-cooking some lentils, forcing them through the pressure valve. I thought I could fix it by taking the cooker completely apart and cleaning each piece thoroughly, but that didn’t work. So I saw my opportunity to upgrade to the pressure cooker I’ve always wanted, the Kuhn Rikon. It arrived yesterday, and I put it to the test this morning. It worked wonderfully–and quietly. While my Fagor hissed loudly while at high pressure, the Kuhn is practically silent. That’s a great feature when your kitchen opens onto your family room and quiet is hard to come by.

Now on to the recipe.

I’ve been craving the coconut sticky rice with mangoes from the Thai restaurant in my hometown. I’ve also had a bag of black rice in my freezer for weeks, just waiting to be used. And I wanted to use the new pressure cooker, so I put the three search terms together and found this recipe for Black Rice Pudding, made in the p.c. But it didn’t contain coconut, other than a mention of coconut cream, so I knew I’d have to adapt it to fit my craving.

Thanks to the persistent pestering…er, I mean pleading…of my daughter E., I bought a fresh coconut a few days ago. Little did I know that she didn’t want to eat it–she envisions drinking out of it like on Gilligan’s Island! I’m afraid she’s going to be disappointed to find that I had to break apart the coconut shell, but I think her disappointment is going to be short-lived when she tastes this dessert. It is unbelievably delicious! It’s sweet, but not too sweet; it’s lightly spiced with cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom; and there’s just the faintest taste of coconut and the slight crunch of fresh coconut. It really is heaven on a plate (or bowl).

Coconut Black Rice Pudding


Time consuming? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely!

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1 Divina Pe March 11, 2010 at 9:00 am

Wow, gorgeous and comforting. Just look at the vibrant color of the black rice.


2 Gloria Huerta August 9, 2012 at 11:02 am

Your blog is my all time favorite. I recommend it to many friends who are interested in vegan diet, low in fat. Your recipes and stories are very inspiring, and your photography is …. well, words cannot describe. You make me want to taste my computer screen! !! HA HA HA.

I love Kuhn Rikon – I have some of their small pots, and a few of their gadgets.
I also have made black rice pudding. Here´s mine:


3 Allou August 9, 2012 at 1:22 pm

from the description my hubs will now be leaving for your area…guess I’d better make it.


4 Sharon January 27, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I’ve been wanting to make this recipe for awhile & I finally assembled the rice & spices this weekend. For those not using a pressure cooker, I’ll leave my experience using a traditional stove for cooking. I soaked the rice for 24 hours–I did have to add extra water in this step because the rice soaked it right up. When I drained the rice & added the water for cooking I used only the 6 1/2 cups of water, never added any more. I did not cook it 90 minutes–after 60 minutes it was thick and the rice was tender. It thickened even more as it cooled, and was much thicker than the photo here–more like a traditional rice pudding. I don’t think I even needed to cook it 60 minutes, but did so because of Susan’s suggestion to cook it as long as possible. I was really amazed that a rice pudding could taste this creamy without the addition of any kind of milk. Everyone who tasted it liked it–except the kids, who I think were just more turned off by eating black rice than by the taste.


5 Jamie July 15, 2013 at 5:43 am

I made this today, it was quite straightforward to make but oohhh so sweet – far too sweet for me really! It’s kind of just rice in sugar syrup. I served it with coconut cream and fresh raspberries. My hubby liked it though. He’s got a lot to eat now. hahaha 🙂


6 Jamie July 15, 2013 at 6:42 am

Oh dear, well I just discovered the problem… I misread 3/4 cup of sugar as 3 and 1/4! Eeek!


7 Susan Voisin July 15, 2013 at 6:52 am

Oh my goodness! That would be too sweet even for my sweet tooth! 🙂


8 Atyaf September 8, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Just finished my own and .. OH … MY … GOODNESS !
I got black rice from the market and had no idea what to do with it. I’m so glad I found and tried this recipe. It’s sweet and aromatic and delish. It’s heavenly !
You got yourself a fan from Syria. Thanks Susan 🙂


9 orthohawk December 5, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Is there supposed to be some kind of milk in this? I’m thinking almond or even coconut milk…..


10 Susan Voisin December 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm

No, it’s got real coconut so I didn’t think it needed coconut milk, too.


11 alecia March 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Thinking of trying this recipe but I try to avoid refined sugar could I use agave, maple syrup or honey instead? Thanks.


12 Susan Voisin March 4, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Sure! Any sweetener you like should do.


13 Mary Weibling September 27, 2015 at 11:02 pm

Can you use an electric pressure cooker for this recipe? If so, how long. Love your recipes.


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