Eight treasure rice pudding

    1 hour 30 min

    Chinese families serve this festive looking pudding on special occasions like Chinese New Year and birthdays. It tastes just as good as it looks!

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    Serves: 8 

    • 300g glutinous or sticky rice
    • 450ml water
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 5 dates
    • 1 tablespoon toasted pumpkin seeds
    • 1 tablespoon roasted peanuts
    • 20g toasted walnuts
    • 200g azuki red bean paste
    • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
    • 1 cored pineapple slice
    • 10 segments of tinned mandarin

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr10min  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

    1. Rinse the rice and soak for 50 minutes. Drain well and put in a rice cooker with the water. When done, transfer to a large bowl and let cool 2 minutes. Add sugar and butter and stir well.
    2. Meanwhile, rinse and soak the dates in warm water for 30 minutes. Slice dates in half, removing stones. Finely chop the pumpkin seeds, peanuts and walnuts. Mix the walnuts with the red bean paste.
    3. Lightly oil a shallow 18cm bowl to prevent sticking. Place the pineapple slice in the bottom and pumpkin seeds and peanuts in the centre.
    4. Place the dates and mandarin segments around the pineapple, like a shining sun. Place 1/2 the rice in the bowl and flatten. Spread the red bean paste evenly on top. Fill the bowl with the rest of the rice and flatten.
    5. Place the bowl in a steamer, cover and steam over medium high heat 25 minutes.
    6. Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes. Run a knife around the rim of the rice. Place a plate over the top, flip over, remove bowl and serve.

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