Combine 1 cup milk, 1 1/2 cups water, tea, and salt in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; steep 1 minute. Strain milk mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Return milk mixture to pan; place pan over medium heat. Stir in rice. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Combine remaining 1 cup milk, condensed milk, fruit, and egg yolks, stirring well with a whisk. Gradually add half of hot milk mixture to egg yolk mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Return milk mixture to pan; cook 10 minutes or until mixture is thick and rice is tender, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in butter.
Place 2/3 cup rice pudding in each of 6 bowls. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon fat-free whipped topping. Combine nuts and rind. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon nut mixture over each serving.
This is a very good rice pudding. I will say that I wish it tasted a bit more like chai, especially considering I used Stash's double spice chai tea, but it is still very good. I used regular white rice with this instead of jasmine rice since that is what I had on hand. Does it stand out above and beyond all rice puddings ever? Not really. But I will happily eat all of it and wish I had more when it's gone.
I made this for a special date and it turned out incredibly. He LOVED it and raves about it all the time! It's a rice pudding so one can't expect it to look like a five-layer decorated cake right out of the pot. I made sure to purchase some high-quality, loose leaf chai tea from our local spice and tea shop and it made the pudding as great as it was. It was called "Bombay Chai" and has the perfect balance of sweetness and spice.
I don't know, I was really looking forward to trying this for some time, and it had such good reviews. But it just really didn't wow me. The flavors were okay, but the appearance was awful. Mine was a medium brown, and very unappetizing-looking. The consistency wasn't the greatest, not very creamy. It wasn't bad, but it looked awful and I just don't know if I'd make it again. I'd probably gve it 2.5 stars.
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