Monday, August 13, 2012

Royal Turkish Rice Pudding ( Fırın Sütlaç )

Went to Turkey last month and found this dish in almost all the restaurant. Amazing dessert from ancient ottoman empire. Rice puddings are found in nearly every area of the world. Recipes can greatly vary even within a single country. The dessert can be boiled or baked. In this recipe rice is cooked with milk, sugar,  spices and flavors and then its broiled in an oven to get a perfect crust over the pudding. Royal family use to flavor it with rose and sprinkle it with cinnamon powder. This Authentic flavor is really hard to find now in any restaurant. After reading and hearing lot about these stories I am trying to replicate the  original version.


Rice:                        1/4 cup
Full cream Milk:       1liter
Sugar:                      4-5 Spoon ( to taste)
Rose petals:             4-5 petals
Cinnamon Stick:       2 cm long
Corn flour:                1/4 cup
Cinnamon powder
Vanilla essence:         5-6 drops

1) Wash the rice and put it to boil in a pan with some water ( as much rice can soak). Add rose petals and cinnamon stick as soon as it start boiling.
2) Once the rice soaked all the water take out the cinnamon and rose petal carefully. Add milk and sugar.
3) Add corn flour mixed in cold milk to the boiling pudding.Keep stirring as long the the milk is thick and its of pudding consistency.
4) Add vanilla essence and cook for another minute.
5) You can serve it cold with some cinnamon sprinkle over it.
6) Or can put the pudding in a oven proof bowl and grill it for 10-15 minutes with the top grill and fan option. See if the surface is brown. Cool it and serve "The Royal Style".


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