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
- 1/2 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!
Can we substitute the cocoa powder for anything else if we don’t have it? I.e. chocolate syrup, hot chocolate mix, etc.?
Those should be fine, just remember to adjust the amount of sugar as those two particular items usually already contain sugar.
I noticed you said one can of evaporated milk, but how big is the can of milk? I’m guessing 5oz can?
Oh, no, that’s too little. I’m referring to the 12-oz can.
Could we substitute evaporated milk for regular milk?
You sure can! I recommend using whole milk though.
Could we use carnation milk?
“Carnation” is a brand of evaporated milk, so yes, you can use it.
Do I have to use 1 cup of coco can I use 1/2
You can use a half cup…it’s all personal preference. Enjoy!
Do we cover it after adding the Coco and stuff
No, keep it uncovered.
Love this recipe, it definitely worked for me. Only variation I made when doubling this recipe was to add a can of coconut milk. That brought it to a whole new level! Thanks for sharing!
Awesome! Thanks for sharing your tip about adding coconut milk. 🙂
Are you using sweetened or unsweetened cocoa powder?
I use unsweetened, but you can use the sweetened if you’d like, just decrease the amount of sugar if you do.
❤️ This warms my heart! I am so glad i found this! My grandma used to make it for all of us grand kids way back when, it brings back so many wonderful memories❤️ I love your website, it is the only quick bookmark i have on my phone’s browser. My family and i made titiyas the other day, another thing we would have during big family gatherings. In fact, most of your recipes take me back to my childhood. Thank you for this website and for sharing these with all of us ❤️
Hafa Adai! I’m so glad you like my recipes and that they bring back good memories for you. Stop by again soon!
Thank you for this recipe! I have been craving it lately, especially since winter is coming up. I love that it is so good, but is easy because it doesn’t take too much time or need too many ingredients. Thank you! xx
You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Fond memories of eating this as a child at my auntie’s house on Guam. I look forward to sharing this deliciousness with my own kids!
I hope you kids like it as much as we did growing up. 🙂
Hafa Adai! I have been craving this for some time now! I can’t wait to try making it. What rice works best for this recipe? If I’m doubling the recipe, would I do 2 cups rice to 8 cups of water?
Hafa Adai, Ursula! I use medium grain rice when making champuladu. I don’t recommend jasmine rice because it has a strong flavor and aroma that I dont particularly care for in champuladu. Is you want to double the recipe, use 2 cups of rice and 8 cups of water; you also want to double the rest of the ingredients as well.
Is 4 cups a water correct for 1 cup of rice?
Lulu, yes, it is correct. You’ll cook the rice until it breaks down and thickens the liquid.
Sooooo goood family loved it
Thanks, Trevor. I’m glad you all like it.
Do u have to use evaporated milk? Can I use regular milk?
You can use regular milk as well. 🙂