Simple Sundays | Champorado: Filipino Chocolate Rice Pudding

Champorado- Filipino Rice Pudding | Kitchen Confidante

A few nights before my sister was scheduled to arrive for the Thanksgiving holiday, I tucked my daughter into bed. As we said our goodnights, I paused. Is there anything special we should make while your Tita is here? I asked. I expected her to respond with her favorite coconut desserts, but she surprised me.

Ooh, can we make that chocolate pudding thing that we read about? The one that starts with a C?

She was referring to the chocolate rice porridge or pudding that we often read about in a book my sister gave to her years ago, My First Book of Tagalog Words. For the letter C, the authors chose the very delicious Champorado, which always made me stop mid-story to reminisce of sweet mornings that began with this traditional Filipino breakfast.

Oh! Champorado? I asked.

Yes!

I thought for just a moment. I do have sticky rice. And I do have chocolate. I even have condensed and evaporated milks. We could make it!

Champorado- Filipino Rice Pudding | Kitchen Confidante | With Milk

Soon after my sister arrived, I made a batch of Champorado for breakfast. Dark chocolate swirled into my sticky rice and coated the grains with richness. It brought me back to those weekends when my mom would surprise me with this rare treat.

With a generous drizzle of milk, the Champorado was ready and spoons dove into bowls. Mmm. My daughter was thrilled. My son approved. My sister had seconds. And I was in chocolate heaven.

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Champorado (Filipino Chocolate Rice Pudding)

Yield: 6 servings.

Cook Time: 30 min

Total Time: 30 min

This may sound like a decadent way to begin the day, but it's not overly sweet as it is made with dark chocolate, and traditionally, served with a sprinkling of salty dried fish. As a child, I was not quite convinced that the fish was necessary, but now that I'm older, it makes complete sense. A little salt to balance the sweet for total umami. But even if eaten alone, do drizzle it with evaporated milk, or condensed milk for the ultimate in decadence. And I daresay, it is great any time of day.

Ingredients:

3 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup sticky rice
5 cups water
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup granulated sugar
evaporated or condensed milk, for serving

Directions:

In the bowl of a double boiler, melt the bittersweet chocolate over simmering water, stirring until completely melted. Set aside.

Rinse the sticky rice and drain. In a large sauce pan, stir the sticky rice and water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice has thickened, about 15 minutes. Add the melted chocolate, cocoa powder and sugar, stirring well. Cook until the rice is a creamy consistency.

Serve warm with a drizzle of evaporated milk or for pure decadence, condensed milk. Regular milk can also be used.

Lightly adapted from How to Make Champorado, by Jun Belen.

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by Liren Baker on December 9, 2012

6 Responses to “Simple Sundays | Champorado: Filipino Chocolate Rice Pudding”

  1. Brian December 10, 2012 @ 7:11 am (#
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    One of my absolute favorite foods is rice pudding, but I have yet to try it with chocolate. It looks so wonderful!

  2. Lawyer Loves Lunch December 10, 2012 @ 8:20 am (#
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    So great that you are teaching your kids Tagalog. Oh, and starting with dessert words is a solid strategy. I have never had chocolate rice pudding but sm definitely intrigued!

  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 10, 2012 @ 4:07 pm (#
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    Chocolate for breakfast?! Yes please! You don’t have to ask me twice :).

  4. Linda | The Urban Mrs December 11, 2012 @ 9:20 am (#
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    Oh yum! I normally use black sticky rice with coconut milk. Never had chocolate for breakfast. This is so amazing!

  5. foodlve December 13, 2012 @ 6:26 am (#
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    Seems very tasty ,,,

    Why do not you add it as photo link to http://www.foodlve.com to get more traffic

  6. leslie ladan April 25, 2014 @ 12:56 am (#
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    hi, found your blog from pinterest when i was looking for chia seeds recipe. your champorado is so beautifuly pictured– brings back so many happy childhood memories. i will make some tomorrow, and the chia pudding when i received my chia seeds order.

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