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Black Rice Pudding - Thai Dessert Recipe with Pictures

Updated on October 26, 2015
Black Rice Pudding
Black Rice Pudding | Source

In Thailand, this lovely rice dessert is known as "khao neaw tua dam" and normally made with white sticky rice and black beans. So why am I using black sticky rice today? It's probably because of my soaring Halloween spirit. Growing up in Thailand, I never got to go trick-or-treating, as Halloween is not something the majority of people celebrate over there. Once I moved to California, I was already too old to be a trick-or-treater. If I kept wandering around and knocking on people's doors, I might end up with restraining orders rather than a bagful of candy! I have been attending Halloween parties almost every year, though. It is by far my favorite American celebration. Now back to the dessert; I think its dark appearance would make it a great candidate for a Halloween pudding. And did you know that some people actually call this black glutinous rice "forbidden rice"? Doesn't that give this dish a mysterious air? It's black, gooey and forbidden.....sounds like the kind of pudding an old wicked witch would serve to her guests, who would later become her preys.

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Black Rice Pudding - Ingredients (for 2 - 3 servings)

  • 1/2 cup black sticky rice
  • 1/4 cup white sticky rice
  • 1/2 cup dried black beans
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar + extra 1 tbsp
  • 1/2 tsp salt

***Both types of sticky rice can be found in most Asian supermarkets and grocery stores. Black sticky rice is naturally very chewy, even after being soaked in water overnight. So I add some white sticky rice to this recipe just to make the texture of the pudding a little softer and nicer.***

***It isn't at all difficult to make your own fresh coconut milk. You can prepare it with either fresh coconut or packaged coconut flakes.***

Soaking Sticky Rice and Black Beans
Soaking Sticky Rice and Black Beans | Source
Cooked Black Beans
Cooked Black Beans | Source
Steamed Sticky Rice
Steamed Sticky Rice | Source
Black Beans in Coconut Milk
Black Beans in Coconut Milk | Source

Instructions - How to Make Black Rice Pudding

  1. Put black and white sticky rice in one bowl, and black beans in another bowl. Add just enough water to cover the rice and black beans. Allow them to soak overnight or at least for 6 hours. (The longer you soak these ingredients, the shorter time they will take to cook. Soaking also helps degas the beans.)
  2. Drain the black beans, then transfer them to a saucepan, add enough water to cover, then boil until cooked (about an hour).
  3. In the meantime, drain the rice and put it into a steamer lined with cheesecloth. Steam until the rice is tender (about 30 - 40 minutes). Keep in mind that black sticky rice will unlikely get very soft; it will always be slightly chewy even after it's completely cooked.
  4. When the beans are tender, drain well and set aside.
  5. Once the sticky rice is ready, put it into a large bowl.
  6. Mix 1/4 cup of coconut milk with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Stir together until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  7. Add the coconut milk mixture to the cooked sticky rice. Stir together gently with a fork or a spoon, and allow it to sit until all the coconut milk is completely absorbed into the rice.
  8. In a saucepan, mix together the remaining coconut milk, sugar, salt and a cup of water. Bring to a boil. Stir constantly.
  9. Add the black beans, turn the heat down to low and cook for another 10 minutes.
  10. Place sweet sticky rice in serving bowls. Add the coconut-and-black-bean mixture. Stir together a little. Serve warm. Bon appetit!
Black Rice Pudding
Black Rice Pudding | Source

***It's best to serve this rice dessert right away. However, it can also be kept refrigerated for 2 - 3 days. Store the sticky rice and coconut milk mixture separately in airtight containers, then put them together right before you want to reheat and serve your black pudding. Letting the rice sit in the coconut milk for days tends to make the texture become too mushy.****

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  • oceansnsunsets profile image


    4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

    I have never tried anything like this, but I bet it is good! Thanks for sharing.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    6 years ago

    @healthmunsta - Yep, it'll be just as yummy without the black beans. Hope you enjoy it :)

  • healthmunsta profile image


    6 years ago

    Awesome! I know where to find black rice, but black beans, I haven't seen that before. I'll probably try it out with black rice only, I'm sure that will taste fine too!

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    6 years ago

    @Marcy Goodfleisch - Very glad to hear you like this black rice pudding recipe. I'm sure you''ll be able to make it masterfully soon, Marcy.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 

    6 years ago from Planet Earth

    This looks so yummy! I've had Black Rice Pudding that wasn't milky looking, and I'm not sure if it had black beans in it. But it was heavenly, and I'd love to master making it.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    6 years ago

    @lindacee - Thanks for dropping by, Linda. Hope you're successful in your hunt for black sticky rice! And yeah, maybe I should try trick-or-treating this year, huh? LOL

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    Linda Chechar 

    7 years ago from Arizona

    Om, you have the best recipes! I haven't seen black sticky rice, but I'm going to hunt for it.

    So funny! I can picture you going from house to house knocking on people's front doors looking for a candy handout! Lol!

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    @carol7777 - Yeah, I guess you can call this Thai dessert a relatively healthy dish. Black beans contain quite a bit of protein and fiber!

    @peachpurple - I think many of Chinese and Thai desserts are pretty similar. I'd never heard of "Oh Jut Bi" before but would certainly love to try it.

    @Cardisa - I hope you can find black sticky rice, Carolee. It's a pretty unusual dessert, isn't it? I think you might like it!

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    Carolee Samuda 

    7 years ago from Jamaica

    I don't know black sticky rice. The first though that came to me was "is this the same as rye berries?" But I don't think so. I would love to try this if I can get the sticky rice. The nearest Asian store is about 40 miles away.

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    7 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    This sweet dish looks similar to chinese favorite sweet soup called "Oh Jut Bi" which means black glutinous rice. i will try to make this sweet dessert this wk. Lovely. Voted up and useful

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    carol stanley 

    7 years ago from Arizona

    I have never heard of black rice. This does look interesting and thanks for sharing this healthy and interesting dish.


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