Turkish Rice Pudding (Sutla)

Turkish Rice Pudding (Sutla)
Turkish Rice Pudding (Sutla)

1/2 cup rice (short or whole grained), washed, drained
1 cup water
2 cups whole milk
8 tbsp sugar
1 egg yolk, whisked
1 tbsp corn starch, heaping
½ tsp vanilla extract
Pomegranate pieces

In a pot place the water and, washed and drained rice. Put them over high-medium heat. After the bubbles come out, close the lid and turn on low-medium heat. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon. Simmer till small amount of water remains.
Add the milk, whisked egg yolk and sugar and stir. Meanwhile, dissolve the starch in 3 tbsp of milk and add it to the rice pudding. Stir constantly. When you see the bubbles on the surface, add the vanilla extract and cook for 2-3 minutes over low heat.
This recipe makes 4 bowls of Turkish rice pudding. But you can make it 6 servings by using smaller bowls.
With a ladle, pour the Turkish rice pudding into small glass or porcelain bowls. Let them cool in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
Before serving sprinkle some cinnamon or pomegranate pieces on top.
NOTE: Do not sprinkle cinnamon right after you pour the rice pudding to the bowls. This would let the microorganisms grow fast at the contact surface of cinnamon and the hot surface of the rice pudding which may lead to foodborne diseases. Make sure you sprinkle the cinnamon just before serving the cooled rice pudding.

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