Recipe for Best Purple Food You Will Ever Eat!

Best Purple Food You Will Ever Eat !

Purple Glutinous Rice Pudding

(Khao Neow Dum Ptag)

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Similar to the Western Rice Pudding this is a Thai dessert that is very nourishing. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, rice congees are prepared for people when they are recovering from an illness. It is also used to nourish a new mother after she has given birth. Congees are basically overcooked, soupy rice that nourishes because the overcooking of the rice makes it easily digested. Although Thai in origin, this  pudding is similar to a congee.
1 cup purple glutinous rice (not black rice). Ingredients:

Can be found at Asian grocery stores and Larry’s Brown Deer Market.

6 cups water

1/2 cup palm sugar

2 cups coconut milk

 

Reduce heat to a slow simmer and cook for 45 minutes, until rice is very soft and soupy. Stir occasionally.

 

Topping:

1/2 cup coconut cream

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup palm sugar

(I sometimes skip making the topping and top with fresh mangoes)

 

Rinse and drain rice. Place rice in medium saucepan, add water, and heat to boiling.

Add the palm sugar and coconut milk. Stir well and simmer for another 10 minutes.

Combine topping ingredients and pour a small amount over each serving.

Serves 4

Note: Use of Palm Sugar is important. When I have substituted regular white sugar, it does not have the same flavor. An added advantage of palm sugar is tht it has a low glycemic index, meaning it will keep your blood sugar and insulin more even.

 

 

High Fructose Corn Syrup and Infertility

We haven’t heard about it in awhile, as its reputation has moved from OK to bad, and now to “controversial”. HCFS as it is known, is sugar that has undergone enzymatic processing to convert some of the glucose in sugar to fructose for added sweetness. Some scientists believe that it can affect the body’s metabolism, which can indirectly affect our metabolism, weight and fertility. The Corn Refiners Association refutes this and claims that HCFS is metabolically no different than plain sugar.  But none the less the association applied to change the name of HCFS to “corn sugar” on food labels. Fortunately the FDA denied this request in May 2012 , stating that “sugar is a solid crystallized food, not a syrup”.

While the food industry often tries to confuse consumers, and researchers cannot agree on the potential negative impact, it is in the best interest of fertility and general health to avoid products made with high fructose corn syrup. If you might be having some infertility problems or will be starting a family soon, read all food labels for the words high fructose corn syrup and avoid them if possible. Note: HCFS can be found in breads, pastas, beer, salad dressings, etc. In products made in Europe, it is legal to list it as “glucose-fructose syrup”.