coconut milk and orange risotto pudding with kabocha squash
The 2010 March Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Eleanor of MelbournefoodGeek and Jess of Jessthebaker. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make risotto.
Knowing the only person in my house who will eat risotto is me, I had to prepare one that I will definitely want to eat and write about for my very first Daring Cooks challenge. Revisiting and being inspired by this yummy recipe I cooked a sweet risotto with just 6 ingredients added to the rice: coconut milk, milk, water, sugar, orange peels, and a pinch of salt. I like that it is easier to cook because the arborio rice is preboiled in plain water before adding both milk. The rice is tender and creamy but not mushy nor gummy and the flavor combination of coconut milk and orange essence is simply delightful. The kabocha squash which is boiled separately in coconut milk, water, and sugar is the 'icing' on the pudding. Each serving is drizzled with a little coconut milk and sprinkled with orange zest.
Coconut Risotto Pudding
a quarter of a kabocha squash
2 cups coconut milk
1 cup whole milk
6 tablespoons sugar
1 large orange
½ cup arborio rice
a pinch of sea salt
- Cut kabocha lengthwise into 1 inch thick pieces and cook gently with ¾ cup coconut milk and ½ cup water until fork tender, turning once, about 15 minutes.
- Put 1¼ cups of water and the rice in a medium saucepan . With a vegetable peeler, remove the zest of half of the orange and add to the saucepan.Turn the heat on high and let the mixture come to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and simmer for 12 minutes or until rice is almost cooked. Add 1 cup coconut milk, milk, sugar, and salt and cook over medium heat while constantly stirring until the rice is tender, about 12 minutes. The pudding should be creamy and not soupy. Remove the orange zest and discard.
- Slice the cooked kabocha. Zest the remaining orange half with a zester. Spoon the risotto pudding into individual bowls, top with a few slices of kabocha. Sprinkle with orange zest and drizzle coconut milk on top. Serve with extra kabocha pieces on the side.