Here I am again with the rice dessert. I guess by now I can officially say that I love cooking and eating them. I resort to rice desserts because they are simple to make and require less attention in the measurements of the ingredients. With my hurried nature, I tend to disobey measurement rules and baking requires precision. Two small, active kids make you run, literally, at any given time. I dream of baking those beautiful cakes that almost don't look real. Sigh. For now, I have to satisfy myself with quick & easy desserts. So if you are looking for those picture perfect cakes, try again my blog in a couple of years. Maybe I will be able to surprise myself in creating my dream cake.
Matcha green tea. As soon as I saw some pictures & recipes at the internet, I got hooked. I had been looking for it for months and I finally found it at a large international gourmet shop. Of course, where else? I should have started there in the first place. I was surprised at the price. I had to pay about 25 Euros for a 100 g. canister of 100% pure Matcha green tea. There were cheaper options - half Matcha green tea mixed with other kinds of tea. I bought the pure one and hoped the 25 Euros I spent would be worth it.
Matcha green tea is the protagonist in the Japanese tea ceremonies. It can be prepared either as a thick drink or thin and it's the healthiest tea that exists. With the health benefits alone, it gives me satisfaction for paying a lot.
Matcha Green Tea, Pistachios & Chocolate Rice
- 1 cup Arborio rice or anything similar
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons Matcha green tea powder for the rice
- 1 teaspoon Matcha green tea powder for the sauce
- Matcha green tea powder for sprinkling on top
- 2 - 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon sugar for the sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch or flour
- 100 g. dark chocolate or milk chocolate, melted
- 2 tablespoons pistachios, ground
- pistachios for sprinkling on top
- chocolate flakes for sprinkling on top
- Mix 2 tablespoons green tea & 2 tablespoons sugar with 2 cups of water. Adjust sweetness according to your preference.
- In a small saucepan, put the cup of rice with the green tea mixture. Cook until rice becomes soft and liquid has been absorbed by the rice. Stir in 2 tablespoons pistachios at the end of the cooking.
- In two bowls, divide the rice to 1/3 in one bowl and 2/3 in the other bowl. Mix the melted chocolate with the 1/3 rice. Let the rice cool.
- With a round mold for shaping food, put a layer of green tea rice. Flatten. Put a layer of chocolate rice then green tea rice again. Sprinkle with pistachios, chocolate flakes & green tea on top.
- In a small saucepan, prepare the green tea sauce. Boil 1/2 cup water. Add one teaspoon green tea, one teaspoon sugar & the cornstarch. Adjust sweetness according to your preference. Stir vigorously until you reach a dense consistency. Stir continuously to avoid having clumps of cornstarch.
- Serve the sauce with the rice.