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Arroz Zambito | Peruvian Vegan Rice Pudding

Posted on September 10 2014

Arroz Zambito is a sweet Peruvian rice pudding prepared with nuts, coconut and unrefined sugar. I fell in love with this dessert on the streets of Cusco. Every night on the walk from the main plaza to my hotel I passed a woman and her arroz zambito cart. Cusco at night is extremely cold and her sweet warm rice pudding was the most glorious treat on those chilly nights. Her version had milk but this recipe is dairy free ... although you should try it with milk also. This is a great dessert for vegans or dairy free folks. 


 Arroz Zambito | Rice Pudding Recipe

Cook time 20-30 minutes. Serves 2-4

1 cup rice
1 ceylon cinnamon sticks (or 2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder)
5 cups of water (or milk)
3 oz chancaca (or 2-3 mini piloncillos)

Coconut, raisins or pecans to top

1. Boil rice, 4 cups of water (or milk) and cinnamon stick on medium heat.
2. When the rice begins to absorb the water add your sugar. When it reaches your desired consistency remove from the heat and add 1cup of water (or milk).
3. Let cool, serve and add toppings, enjoy warm.

If you are new to rice pudding/arroz con leche check out my 101 THE BASICS

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