Make thy body the churn, thy heart the churning staff;
Into the churn put the Word instead of milk.
Sutlaš or Shir Berenj
Rice pudding is traditionally served on the Prophet's birthday. Versions of this dessert are popular throughout the rice-eating world.
Total time: 3 hours
Cooking time: 1 hour
Chilling: 2 hour
1-½ cups white rice
8 cups (½ gallon) milk
2 cups sugar
½ cup rice flour or cream of rice
2 tbsp. rosewater
Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a tightly lidded pot. Add 1-½ cup rice, return to a boil, lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat.
Stir together cooked white rice, milk and sugar in a large pot. Combine the ½ cup rice flour with ½ cup water, and add to the pot. Mix well. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15-20 minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. After the mixture has thickened, turn off the heat and add the rosewater. Pour into a large dish and chill completely before serving; it will thicken further as it cools.
from Serving the Guest: A Sufi Cookbook