Comfort food

This is an attempt to recreate one of the delicious dishes made for us by a friend. It was her grandmother's recipe. She keeps promising to pass it on to me, but I am too impatient. I adapted this recipe, and it turned out really well. It's the ultimate comfort food, and a real sweet treat. Perfect for a new mum.

Cardamon rice pudding

3 cups full cream milk
1/3 cup basmati rice
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
a pinch of salt
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup sliced almonds

Bring milk, rice, cardamom, cinnamon, and salt to a boil in a large heavy saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently for about 20 minutes, by which time the rice should be tender. Then add sugar and apricots and cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

Toast almonds under the grill till lightly browned. Sprinkle over the rice pudding. Serve warm.

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