RECIPE BOX: Indian Rice Pudding

These long (and cold… yes COLD – been in the 30’s at night for over a week now) winter nights are ideal for movie nights.  Especially Bollywood movie night  – brightly colored saris, aesthetically-choreographed cardio dance numbers and 3 hour long “warm ‘n fuzzy” movie plots are a perfect way to ward off winter blues.  (Mind you, not all Bollywood movies are created equal – especially now the industry is becoming more like Hollywood – yuck)   So, if you want to know where to start, we have a our fave Bollywood movie list to wet your appetite.

It’s common practice for us gals to invite our gal friends over for “girlie” movie nights (besides showing our usual fare of BBC productions). We’ve been slowing introducing our friends to the wonderful world of Bollywood and  much to their enjoyment. If you have never seen a Bollywood movie, I have a few recommendations for you.  Warning: you must like movies that are reminiscent of the 1950’s Americana movies based on pure love, comedy and action which will uplift you and not drag you down.  The movies are a very unique, entertaining with amazing musical/dance sequences. Most come with subtitles with a little “Hinglish” thrown in.  You may find that your “girls’ night” is suddenly attracting the men folk (must be all the pretty girls dancing). Last, but not least, you need to carve out about 3 hours for one movie!

For such movie nights we like to serve appropriate food for the type of movie.

On Bollywood night, popcorn is out, so, we served Indian Rice Pudding (which was an immediate hit!) Of course, as you may know, with my “little house on the prairie” stocked pantry, I did have to splurge and purchase some (probably not grown in CA) goods. (Don’t tell anybody.)

And, being a “creative foodie.” I can’t make a recipe without tweaking it a bit.  Since our orange trees are LOADED I garnished the pudding with grated citrus peel – boy, that was delicious!

Here is the recipe  I used. (P.S. Best served with friends & Bollywood movie.)

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  1. Bethany says:

    Anais, where is the Bollywood movie list? Is there a link somewhere? My curiosity is piqued now!

  2. elaine nieves says:

    That rice pudding looks delicious. I have most of the ingredients so I might try it on a rainy cold day. The movie seems very entertaining and beautiful to watch. Very glad to seem you are back blogging!

  3. Sarah says:

    You could add some sugared fennel seeds, also some spice roasted chickpeas. Tasty, and you can make the sweet, spicy, or fiery!!!

    Happy Movie nights!!

  4. Chandrashekar says:

    Consider lightly frying the raisin in butter before mixing into the pudding.

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