Top | Puddings, Custards, and Other Dairy Desserts
(recipe, Caroline Cummins)
If you like the flavors and textures of black sticky rice pudding — a dessert often served in Thai restaurants — but don't have the inclination to tackle Su-Mei Yu's elaborate version, try this. It's quick to whip up if you've already cooked a batch of black rice (also known as "forbidden rice") for dinner; otherwise, you'll need to factor in the lengthy soaking (about 1 hour) and cooking time (at least 30 minutes) of the rice.
Also known as "forbidden rice," black rice is a purplish-black rice available in Asian markets. You can also use glutinous black rice, or black sticky rice, which cooks up more gloppily. Don't confuse either with wild rice. Palm sugar is sold in large disks in Asian markets and has a delicate, toffee-like flavor. Use brown sugar as a substitute.