Gingered Rice Pudding

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Per serving:
Calories: 113
Fat: 4.5 g. (14% of calories)
Fiber: 2.4 g.
Cholesterol: 3 mg.
Sodium: 87 mg.
Makes: 6 servings

2 cups water
1 cup long-grain white rice
1 tbsp canola oil
1 tbsp grated tangerine or orange rind
1 tsp five-spice powder
1 can (15 oz) evaporated skim milk
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/4 cup chopped dried figs
2 tbsp minced crystallized ginger
2 tbsp toasted pine nuts
ground cinnamon

In a 3-quart saucepan, combine the water, rice, oil, tangerine or orange rind and five-spice powder. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes.

Stir in the mil, dates and figs. Cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat for 15 minutes, or until the mixture is thick and creamy; stir often during this period.

Serve sprinkled with the ginger, pine nuts and cinnamon.

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