May 17, 2010

Creamy Whole Wheat Orzo Pudding

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Orzo is the most cutest shaped pasta ever in my eyes. They look like rice but only they are pasta. The regular Orzo would typically look white as they are made with Durum wheat/semolina, but these that were used in my pudding are whole wheat and hence they have this brownish hue to them.

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I was so thrilled to find the w.w. ones, just because I had not seen them until then or see them being used in any of the recipes I came across.
So very excited, came home, made a beautiful Orzo pasta salad with my favorite vegetables, cranberries and plenty of sunflower seeds and the rest went into making this pudding.

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I love Rice pudding, especially the Indian kind. It is called Payasam or Kheer and is very similar to that of its American counterpart. Except there is no eggs in payasam.
My mom to this date makes the best payasam. I don't know what it is that she does, but turns out just right every single time. Rich, creamy... with nice crunchy cashew nuts and fat raisins that cannot get any fatter from drinking all that milk that it soaks up. I could keep on dreaming about it. My, she works such magic with desserts!
So in short, that is where my Orzo pudding inspiration comes from. You could always substitute regular Orzo if you are not a fan of the w.w. kind.
Do keep an eye out for the tempering process (I have detailed it in the recipe below.)
It is a little tricky if you add too much hot liquid into the cold eggs. Gradually heating the mixture is key, just like any other pudding.
Just a small note before we head on to the recipe... this pudding does tends to thicken as it cools.

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Creamy Whole Wheat Orzo Pudding

Ingredients:

Skim milk - 2 1/2 cups
Whole wheat Orzo - 2 1/2 cups
Fat free evaporated milk - Half a can (or) 6 oz.
Brown sugar - 1/3 cup (More or less according to taste)
Organic Blue Agave - 4 tbsp (I like the taste of Agave, if you do not have it ready, you can add more of the sugar)
Egg - 1
Baking soda - A pinch
Nutmeg - 1/4 tsp grated fresh
Cinnamon - 1/4 tsp
Pure Vanilla essence - 1 tbsp
Almonds - 1/4 cup chopped/slivered
Raisins - 1/4 cup

Method:

Beat together brown sugar, agave and egg in a bowl.

Combine skim milk and evaporated milk in a non-stick pan and bring it to a boil. Add orzo and let it cook till it is closer to al dente. Do not overcook since it will continue to cook during the process. Keep stirring every now and then to avoid sticking to the bottom.

Pour a little (maybe a ladle) of the milk mixture to the egg and sugar mixture and mix well. Add a two more ladles, one at a time and gradually mix it. Then add the entire mixture back to the pot and let it simmer with a pinch of baking soda.
Very slowly heating up the egg mixture is called tempering.
If you add it all at once to the hot pot of milk, the eggs will curdle and you will get scrambled eggs. And it is totally not pretty!

Add the nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla essence and stir well. Also add almond and raisins at this step.

The mixture will thicken as it is cooling. The pasta tends to drink up a good amount of milk.

I like mine thoroughly chilled. It tastes best that way.

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34 comments:

  1. Healthy and delicious one.. mouth watering clicks dear.. awesome job.. yummyyyy

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  2. wow delicious..i like this pasta because its looks like rice ..the pudding so simple and really healthy..nice pic too

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  3. Wow..luks delicious..i never know abt orzo pudding..

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  4. delicious recipe...nice one

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  5. Wat a droolworthy pudding, i have never seen whole wheat orzo here, will try out with the usual orzo..

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  6. Hi Anu, this pudding looks so good...where did you get the whole wheat orzo pasta?

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  7. Innovative pasta payasam :) plz post the recipe for green peas halwa!

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  8. that looks creamy N delicious

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  9. Wow.. Pudding with orzo.. new to me.. Looks delicious.

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  10. having gone thru u blog, its not a surprise that u have used whole wheat orzo..looks pretty creamy to me.

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  11. It's so creamy and yummy. Love your clicks. Your pics surprise me every time. Like to try this pudding sometime.

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  12. Yummy and Healthy ..

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  13. Never heard abt orzo wats the alternative for it...anyway looks creamy & yum

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  14. @Gita - Most of the stores have it these days. In the pasta aisle.
    @Sharmilee - Alternative? Rice! :)
    @Lakshmi - I did not take the picture of the halwa, so I will have to send you the recipe. I made it at the last minute and wasn't even thinking about it!

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  15. Wow looking so creamy and delicious.......

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  16. Pasta kheer innovative and orzo is best sub for rice.Excellent clicks.I too prefer chilled

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  17. lovely recipe dhivya... moms do make the best payasam.. don't they?
    I have never tried orzo before... vaanganum :)

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  18. I love orzo too! Where did you get the whole wheat ones? Trader Joe's?

    And I'd never have thought of payasam with it!

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  19. looks very yummy... i have never tried orzo, this tempts!

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  20. This looks so yummy! I love puddings and this one certainly looks delicious. I have often wondered what orzo was... thanks for the tip! I will have to try some.

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  21. Pudding looks lovely, something new to me :)

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  22. Nice to learn about orzo! This sounds fairly healthy as puddings go! Thanks. Cheers!

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  23. Very creative and delicious recipe

    Very creative and delicious recipe! Tempting photographs!

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  24. Healthy dessert. Looks so good.... Yummy and creamy....

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  26. I was so excited to find your blog, the recipes here are so exciting. This is the first time ever i am so excited about recipes :), cant stop telling myself these are all low fat recipes.

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  27. I was so excited to find your blog, the recipes here are so exciting. This is the first time ever i am so excited about recipes :), cant stop telling myself these are all low fat recipes.

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