There are several Chamorro comfort foods that not only make me feel good right down to my bones, but bring back so many fond memories of growing up on Guam.
Champulådu is one of those dishes. It’s a porridge of sorts, only made with rice, evaporated milk and CHOCOLATE! I think that’s why I love it so much — who doesn’t love chocolate?
You don’t need too much rice for this dish. A little goes a long way since you’ll be cooking the rice until it breaks down and thickens the liquid.
- 1 cup uncooked rice, or 2 cups for a thicker “porridge”
- 4 cups water
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup sugar
1. Wash the rice and place in a medium sized pot. Add water and cook over medium high heat. Keep the pot lit on until the rice begins to boil.
2. Once the rice comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low; add cocoa powder, sugar, and milk.
3. Whisk to combine all the ingredients. Continue to cook at a low simmer over medium-low heat for approximately 30 more minutes. The mixture should thicken considerably during this time. If it’s too thick for your liking, add more milk then adjust the sugar to taste. Serve warm and enjoy!