Backcountry Pistachio & Cardamom Rice Pudding

Backcountry Pistachio & Cardamom Rice Pudding

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A classic sweet treat with an earthy touch of nuttiness and spice. 
COOKING METHOD: Dehydrating, Prep & Go
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Servings 1
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Dehydrating Time (if dehydrating own rice): 3 hours


  • 1 Dehydrator optional


  • ½ cup white minute rice, uncooked OR
  • ¾ cup homemade dehydrated white rice (about 1 cup cooked rice - see notes)
  • 1 tbsp  powdered milk (skim or whole)
  • 2 tbsps sugar
  • 10 pistachios, shelled
  • tsp cardamom
  • 1 splash vanilla


If using minute rice:

  • Combine everything (except vanilla) in a sealable container and you’re good to go! Remember to bring vanilla to add in later (see rehydrating instructions below). 

If dehydrating own rice:

  • 1. Cook rice according to directions (using old/leftover rice works as well - see notes)
  • 2. While rice is cooking, combine vanilla and water in a bowl.
  • 3. Once rice is cooked, scoop out 1 cup of rice and mix into vanilla and water mixture. (This is to add flavour to the rice and means you don’t have to pack out vanilla!)
  • 4. Spread rice on mesh lined dehydrating sheet. Dehydrate at 135℉ for about 2 hours.
  • 5. Once rice is complete, combine in a container with sugar, powdered milk, pistachios and cardamom (see rehydrating instructions below).


  • You can use any type of rice, however white rice that isn't sticky is best, such as basmati. 
  • You can use leftover rice, however, you may need to break up big clumps that have formed with your fingers, or by rinsing the rice with some water and draining. 
  • Scroll down for rehydrating instructions and storage guidelines.


Serving: 1gCalories: 254kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 6.4gFat: 2.7gSaturated Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 39mgFiber: 1gSugar: 24g
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How to "rehydrate" before consuming:

  1. Add 1/3 cup boiling water (add splash of vanilla now if using minute rice)
  2. Stir
  3. Let sit for approx. 12 mins
  4. Stir & enjoy

Rehydrating Tips:

  • Use a container with a lid to contain as much heat as possible… Have a packable insulated container? Even better. 
  • After soak time is finished, add more hot water if you find the meal dry or crunchy.  

Storage Guidelines:

  • Keep stored in a sealable bag or container
    •  Tip: Vacuum sealing can more than triple the shelf life
  • Keep stored in a cool, dry and dark place
    • For longer term storage, store in your freezer (especially if not vacuum sealed)
  • When dried and stored properly, this should have a shelf life of several months.
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