Che Dau Trang – Sweet Rice & Bean Dessert

Che Dau Trang 1

Dessert!  This week’s Mom’s 52 recipe is for a Vietnamese dessert called Che Dau Trang – Sweet Rice & Bean Dessert.  Don’t run away at the sound of beans in a dessert; sweetened beans are common in Eastern Asian desserts, and believe me when I say this one is a fave among Vietnamese kids and adults alike.  Che Dau Trang literally translates to “white bean dessert.”  For this recipe, Mom uses canned black-eyed peas for an even easier process.

Che Dau Trang – Sweet Rice & Bean Dessert

INGREDIENTS – 4 servings

  • 1 C. uncooked sweet rice
  • 2.5 C. water
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • scant 1/2 C. sugar
  • 1 C. canned black-eyed peas, washed & drained
  • canned coconut milk for topping (optional)

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  1. In a medium saucepan, combine 1 C. uncooked sweet rice, 2.5 C. water, and 1/8 tsp. salt.  Turn on low-medium heat, and cook for 20 minutes, stirring often so the rice will not stick to the bottom and burn.

    Che Dau Trang, after cooking the initial 20 minutes.
    Che Dau Trang, after cooking the initial 20 minutes.
  2. Turn the heat to low.  Add scant (a bit less than) 1/2 C. sugar to the pot, and stir gently to combine.  Cook for an additional 15 minutes, stirring every minute to again keep the rice from sticking to the bottom and burning.

    Che Dau Trang thickens as it cooks.  Make sure to stir very often to keep the Che from burning at the bottom.
    Che Dau Trang thickens as it cooks. Make sure to stir very often to keep the Che from burning at the bottom.
  3. Lastly, add the 1 C. of black-eyed peas to the rice, and gently fold the Che over itself to combine.  Cook for a final 5 minutes and remove from heat.

    Gently fold the black-eyed peas into the Che Dau Trang.
    Gently fold the black-eyed peas into the Che Dau Trang.
  4. Serve Che Dau Trang topped with a few spoonfuls of coconut milk, if desired.

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