Chocolate, cardamom and coconut pudding/ risotto.

Rice pudding is an ultimate comfort food for me, I remember my mum often pulling a big dish of her more traditional nutmeg coated rice pudding out of the oven. I just can’t do oven based rice pud without getting anxious, opening the oven, and giving it good poke every few minutes. Which means I let all the heat out the oven and it ends up taking forever to cook…. So I decided to make my own rice pud on the stove top, cooking it the same way you would a risotto and adding chocolate, cause most things are better with chocolate, I also swapped the nutmeg for cardamom, because, well, I saw a chocolate cardamom recipe somewhere on the internet and wanted to try the combo. Sometimes it’s that simple…
chocolate cardamon rissoto

1 tbsp vegan margarine/ coconut oil
1 cup risotto rice
2 cardamom pods
up to 4 cups of vegan milk, I used coconut but almond would still be tasty
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup golden unrefined caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla
150g chopped quality dark chocolate, chopped

Chopped pistachios and desiccated coconut for topping
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Melt the marg in a pan, add the rice, stir to coat in the marg and toast gently for a minute. Split open the cardamom pods and grind the seeds in a pestle and mortar, add to the pan and stir. Whisk the cocoa powder and sugar into the vegan milk and add the milk to the rice a 1/4 cup at a time and stir continuously. Keep adding the milk mixture bit by bit whilst stirring and cooking until nearly all of the liquid has been absorbed, stir in the vanilla. Test the rice to make sure it’s cooked, if not continue to cook and add more milk, once the rice is cooked (should be about 30 minutes) stir through the chocolate to melt it and incorporate. Serve and top with coconut and pistachios.
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