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Oaxaca al Gusto (2010) – Arroz con Leche / Rice Pudding

February 10, 2012

Kennedy, Diana. Oaxaca al gusto, an infinite gastronomy. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2010. P 12. [TX716.M4 K46813 2010]


By Denise Vera, an undergraduate nutrition student at UTSA.


Muchas recetas vinieron a mi mente para esta asignación. Después de mucho pensar, decidí hacer un Mole Oaxaqueño. Mientras buscaba una receta para el mole en el libro “Oaxaca al Gusto”, escrito por Diana Kennedy, muchísimas recetas me llamaron la atención. Y de repente, encontré la receta perfecta: “Arroz con Leche”. El arroz con leche es uno de mis postres favoritos. Me recuerda mucho a mi bisabuela, Dora. Cuando yo era una niña, Dora me preparaba arroz con leche mientras me cantaba “Arroz con leche, me quiero casar”. Hace dos  meses, mi novio pidió mi mano en matrimonio. Simplemente tenía que prepara esta receta.  Y así decidí sorprender a mis amigos y reemplazar el típico postre de Acción de Gracias con un delicioso casero Arroz con Leche. ¡A todos les encantó (y es muy fácil de hacer)!

Many recipes came to my mind for this assignment. After a few days of thinking I decided Mole Oaxaqueño was the way to go. I searched in the book “Oaxaca al Gusto” by Diana Kennedy and many more recipes caught my eye. And then I found it: “Arroz con leche” (Rice Pudding)! This was perfect! Not only is it one of my favorite comfort foods, but it also reminds me of my great grandma Dora, who raised me. When I was a child, Grandma Dora would make rice pudding while singing to me a Mexican folklore song that said “Arroz con leche, me quiero casar”, which means “Rice pudding, I want to get married”. Two weeks before Thanksgiving, I got engaged! I just had to make rice pudding. So, to switch up the traditional Thanksgiving dessert, I decided to surprise my friends with some delicious, home-made rice pudding. It was a hit (and very easy to make)!


Arroz con Leche

Ingredientes / Ingredients:

  • 1 taza de arroz blanco - 1 cup of long-grain rice
  • 1 pimienta de Jamaica, machacada suavemente1 allspice, lightly crushed (I decided to skip the allspice)
  • 1 ½ pulgadas de un palito de canela -1 ½ in. cinnamon sticks
  • 1-1 ½ tazas de agua - 1 to 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tazas de leche entera – 2 cups of whole milk
  • ¾ taza de leche condensada (evaporada) - ¾ cup evaporated milk
  • Una pizca de sal – a pinch of salt
  • *La Lechera (yo decidí agregar al final para darle un toque de dulzura) – sweetened condensed milk (I decided to add at the end to give sweetness)

Preparación / Preparation:

Enjuague el arroz con agua caliente y colarlo. Ponga el arroz en una olla junto con el agua y la canela. Ponga a cocer el arroz cubierto y a fuego lento hasta que toda el agua haya sido absorbida y el arroz este suave (aproximadamente 10 minutos). No agregue agua a menos que el arroz se esté pegando. En caso de tener que agregar agua, hágalo en moderación.

Rinse rice in hot water and strain. Put rice into a pan with 1 cup of water and add cinnamon. Cook covered over slow heat until all the water has been absorbed and rice is soft (approx. 10 minutes). Do not add more water unless rice is sticking to the pot. Make sure if you do add water, to add moderately.

Agregue la leche entera y la leche condensada. Agregue la sal. Cubra la olla y continúe cocinando el arroz a fuego lento, meneando (revolviendo) con cuidado constantemente. Haga esto por 30 minutos. El arroz terminara con una consistencia suave y húmeda. ¡Sirva y disfrute!

Add whole milk and evaporated milk. Add salt. Cover the pot and continue cooking over slow heat, stirring carefully. Do this for 30 minutes. The rice will still be moist and soft. Serve and enjoy!


Sugerencias Personales / Personal Preparation and Serving Suggestions:

Tenga cuidado de no revolver el arroz con mucho vigor, ya que esto puede causar que el arroz se “bata”. Aunque el arroz con leche tiene una consistencia un poco batida, no queremos excedernos y causar que a nadie se le antoje.

Be careful not to stir rice too vigorously while being cooked, to prevent it from getting “too mushy”. (Rice pudding is mushy, but caution should still be taken to avoid making it look totally unappetizing).

Sírvase en una taza o tazón. Puede agregar canela molida si gusta. También puede agregar un poco de “Lechera” encima para agregar un poco de dulzura. Agregue un palito de canela como decoración.

Serve in a cup or a bowl. You can sprinkle with ground cinnamon if you like. You can also add a bit of “La Lechera” on top to add some sweetness. Add a cinnamon stick to the cup as an ornament.


nal Preparation and Serving Suggestions

One Comment leave one →
  1. Curtis Carter permalink
    February 19, 2012 11:24 pm

    Awesome recipe! Sounds delicious!

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