Brown rice vermicelli pudding…

by Sunita on July 10, 2007

I had been to the kid’s school today for the fun day organised for Agastya’s class…(Rengoni has her’s tomorrow). They had a variety of games to take part in…from sack races to having a go at footie…however there weren’t any competitions (read that as no failures, hence no tears)…they were free to take part in whichever they wanted…and as the name signifies, it was a really fun day for them.

Quite unlike the sports days in our school…Oh! I loved them…couldn’t wait to take part in all the games…our’s were competetitive, hence the pressure was really on…but then the atmosphere was great as well…friends and teachers equally cheering and urging us on to reach that finishing line, to cross that last hurdle, and as we did so, the sense of achievement wiped out the sweat…I still have the mementoes of those days…medals, cups, certificates, lovingly treasured…looking at them, I go through all those scenes in my mind…I remember how much rested on us as we had to uphold the honour of our class, and at times our house…I remember how we would practice every free time for the finals where we were going to be watched by a guest of honour whom we had to escort in a slow march before the games started…I remember how we had to juggle between taking part in the school march past, and as we reached the higher classes, the hand that we had to lend towards organising the event, and, at the same time trying to save the energy for the various games that we were going to take part later on in the day…looking back, I wonder at all the boundless energy that we seemed to possess. As for the presentation ceremony, what can I say…that sense of achievement as we took our places on the podium to be awarded our individual medals or, in some cases, the trophy that was won for each house or class…the cheering was defeaning… for once, no one cared to glance at the stern looks of our headmistress as we tended to get a bit hyperactive with all the action…mentioning the podium, I still remember, how, once me and my partner for the three legged race ( that’s where one ties one’s left leg with the other’s right, corresponding arms round each other’s waist and make a dash for the finishing line), came out first, ( that was the third consecutive year, we had done so) and were so excited at the prospect that we climbed onto the podium without even bothering to untie our legs…I can still remember that feeling of embarrassment that crossed our faces as we tumbled over and hit the ground with a thud, more hurt than we’ve ever been during an actual race…needless to say, we did receive a few stern looks from the corners of those important pairs of eyes…but so what, we did receive our award, a bit sheepishly of course…hmmmm, those were the days…

That takes care of the sweet memories(and my tendency to ramble)…as for the recipe, today’s one is a very simple and quick one…tastes delicious and not overtly sweet. My ma always used to have a stock of vermicelli to whip up a quick dessert, especially for the unexpected guest, who are not a rarity in the parts where I come from. I love the simplicity of this dessert.

The pack of brown rice vermicelli had been lying in wait for some time. Having an excess of milk supply, I decided to put it to good use, rustled the dessert and had it after a hearty weekend lunch.
What’s needed-

100 gms of brown rice vermicelli
1/2 l of milk
50 gms of jaggery
1 bay leaf
1” stick of cinnamon
2-3 pods of cardamom
a handful of raisins
some chopped pistachio nuts to garnish(optional)

How to-

Soak the vermicelli in hot water for five minutes. Drain the water completely.

In a deep pan, bring the milk to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer.

Add the bay leaf, cardamom , cinnamon and jaggery.

Stir till the jaggery melts.

Continue to simmer, stirring now and then till the milk slightly reduces ( approximately 10-15 minutes).

Add the vermicelli and simmer for a couple of minutes.

Remove from heat and serve hot or cold.

Garnish with chopped pistachio nuts (optional).

Enjoy!!

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Suganya July 10, 2007 at 10:48 pm

Never heard of brown rice vermicelli. Where to get them?

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2 Richa July 10, 2007 at 11:25 pm

hey, the pudding looks grand in that bowl :) love the fact that you used jaggery, love all jaggery sweets :) can i make it with the regular bambino vermicelli as well?

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3 Roopa July 11, 2007 at 2:26 am

wow looks excellent. fantastic idea to use brown rice vermicelli. i do have one pack in the pantry will try this.

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4 Dilip July 11, 2007 at 2:43 am

looks so lovely…would love a spoonful right now…thanks

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5 Jyothsna July 11, 2007 at 3:16 am

Never thought of brown vermicelli rice or jaggerry yet! Looks really good!

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6 DEEPA July 11, 2007 at 3:34 am

sunita, this is so yummy ….different pudding …brown rice vermicelli sounds is something new to me …

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7 Sukanya Ramkumar July 11, 2007 at 3:44 am

I have never tried this pudding with brown rice vermicelli…….Waiting to try this out…

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8 musical July 11, 2007 at 4:46 am

Lovely story and mouth watering pudding! i usually don’t eat much sweets, but a bowl full of this pudding chilled is more than welcome anytime!

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9 Vcuisine July 11, 2007 at 5:11 am

A sweet post with a nice write up sunita. Interesting. Viji

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10 sunita July 11, 2007 at 8:33 am

Suganya, I got them in a local Indian store…I was actually looking for the usual one when my eyes fell upon them…

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11 sunita July 11, 2007 at 8:38 am

Richa, I love jaggery as well…of course you can make it with the regular vermicelli, but will need to be cooked a little bit more I suppose…

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12 sunita July 11, 2007 at 8:39 am

Roopa, thanks…do try it…nice to have you over…

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13 sunita July 11, 2007 at 8:40 am

Dilip, thanks…as for the spoonful, a virtual one is the most I can offer right now ;)

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14 sunita July 11, 2007 at 8:41 am

Deepa, thanks…if you want to find out more about rice vermicelli, just click on the link that I’ve provided in the post…

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15 sunita July 11, 2007 at 8:42 am

Sukanya,it’s easy and quick to rustle up…do give it a try…

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16 sunita July 11, 2007 at 8:43 am

Musical, thanks…we had it chilled as well…nice and light dessert…

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17 sra July 11, 2007 at 1:22 pm

Nice shots, Sunita, esp the first one! What do you call this dish in Assamese?

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18 Asha July 11, 2007 at 1:38 pm

What a great presentation girl.Looks great.Jaggery makes everything so Indian!:))

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19 trupti July 11, 2007 at 4:14 pm

Brown rice is something I do like….so I know I will like this too!!!

sorry been MIA for the last little while….aaaggh. Summers are so BUSY!

:)
trupti

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20 WokandSpoon July 11, 2007 at 4:40 pm

I haven’t seen brown rice vermicelli as well. Yum – this is one desert that my dairy-intolerant husband can’t have…so more for me! ;-)

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21 sunita July 11, 2007 at 6:27 pm

Sra, thanks…we call it sewoi…

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22 sunita July 11, 2007 at 6:29 pm

Asha, thanks…yes, jaggery does do that, doesn’t it :)

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23 sunita July 11, 2007 at 6:32 pm

Trupti! nice to have you back…glad you squeezed in a little time to take a peek…

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24 sunita July 11, 2007 at 6:35 pm

wokandspoon, they are very thin rice noodles, only this one is made from brown rice…used in Chinese dishes as well…

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25 Cynthia July 12, 2007 at 3:42 am

Such wonderful memories and such a comforting dish to come home to.

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26 sunita July 12, 2007 at 5:51 am

Cynthia,well, time flies by and it’s the memories that remain etched in one’s heart forever…

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27 Richa July 12, 2007 at 5:35 pm
28 sunita July 12, 2007 at 6:58 pm

Richa, I’ve already been so been so…will do something about it…

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