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New Mama Rice Pudding

Updated: Apr 1, 2021

Who doesn't love a sweet treat as part of a Valentine's celebration? This recipe has just the right sweetness... so comforting, creamy, and deeply nourishing. It is based on a recipe from an Ayurvedic Postpartum Cookbook called "Touching Heaven" by Ysha Oakes and Aparna Khanolkar. Be sure to eat it warm, and freshly made if possible!


1 c rice 2 c water 8 c organic milk (raw cow milk, oat milk, or almond milk) 2t ground cardamom 2 T ghee (clarified butter) 3/4 c honey (or sugar) ¼ c sliced blanched almonds optional: 1 c raisins


1.Clean rice by rinsing well in a mesh sieve under cold water.

2.Cook rice in water on medium high heat until water is almost cooked off and rice is soft.

3.Add milk, cardamom and ghee. Bring to boil, then turn down to medium low heat.

4.Stir frequently to prevent burning.

5.Continue to cook for 2-4 hours on medium low heat. It should simmer gently.

6.When milk has boiled for a while and the pudding begins to thicken, add sweetener and stir well.

7.Once pudding is thick, serve warm.

8.Enjoy with almonds, cinnamon, extra ghee (especially for mothers), and raisins.


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