Champorado (chocolate rice porridge)

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Author Notes: As a Filipino-American child, what is one of the greatest things about waking up in the morning? You have the privilege of eating chocolate and rice for breakfast.

Champorado, or chocolate rice porridge, is served hot with lots of sugar and milk to taste. My mom likes to eat it with heavy cream, and some like to eat it with evaporated or condensed milk (staying true to the Filipino love of canned dairy products.) Me? I like it with a spoonful of crème fraiche. Soooo good.

Serves 4

  • 1 cup glutinous rice (also known as 'sweet rice')
  • 1 quart water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa, dissolved in 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the rice, sugar, salt and water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Give it a stir and lower heat to medium low and simmer, covered for 15 minutes. Every few minutes, give it a stir. It may cook faster than 15 minutes; basically, you are looking for it to be thick, and the rice to be cooked through, not gritty in the middle. (I definitely check it at the 10 minute mark; lots of times it takes about 12 minutes to cook through.)
  3. While the rice is cooking, whisk the ¼ cup boiling water into the cocoa powder in a small bowl. When it’s cooled a bit, whisk in the vanilla.
  4. Once the rice is cooked, whisk the cocoa mixture into the rice mixture. Cook, uncovered, over medium low for another 5 minutes until the cocoa has absorbed into the porridge.
  5. Serve with sugar and milk, evaporated milk, condensed milk, half and half, heavy cream crème fraiche, or whatever dairy product you like best.

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over 5 years ago MasterBaker5006

Yum! LOL


over 5 years ago Kayb

OK, where do I go to submit my application to become an adopted Filipina? I am eating a bowl of this, with heavy cream and a touch of added sugar, as we speak. It is wonderful. Simply wonderful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!


over 5 years ago crispywaffle

So glad you liked it! As this is basically her recipe, my mom will be proud. :) (and she'll also like that you ate it with heavy cream, just like she does!)


over 5 years ago betteirene

OMG! I was just going to turn in my recipe for "chocolate rice" and was very surprised--pleasantly--to see yours! I'm glad to learn I'm not the only Filipina here. I'm a mestiza--my father was German, and I was born at Clark Field.

You're so right about Filipinos and canned milk. I've played around with this recipe a lot, using sweetened condensed milk to replace the milk and sugar, cooking it with coconut milk and adding peanut butter with the cocoa; I've also used arborio and regular long grain rice, but I like Cal-Rose the best. No matter which way I make it, my grandkids think I'm way cool when I make this for them.

Glad to "meet" you.


over 5 years ago crispywaffle

Nice to also see a fellow Filipina. It's interesting how everything I cook is influenced by Filipino cooking (whether it is a Filipino dish or not!) Funny that you mention Cal-Rose; I haven't used it for champorado, but almost got into a fight with another pinoy because I prefer jasmine for most purposes. Guess we all feel passionately about our rice. :)
You have some lucky grandkids!


over 5 years ago Kayb

Have always loved rice as a hot breakfast cereal; never thought of it with chocolate. Sounds wonderful! Puts me in mind of the quintessential Southern treat, biscuits and chocolate gravy.


over 5 years ago crispywaffle

You've got to tell me more about this biscuits and chocolate gravy! Never heard of it, but now must have it!


over 5 years ago crispywaffle

Thanks guys!
@lastnightsdinner: Now that you mention Mexican champurrado, I'll have to try it!


over 5 years ago lastnightsdinner

This is so funny, my grandma makes a drink called champurrado which is a sort of Mexican hot chocolate thickened with masa. This looks like total comfort food. :)


over 5 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Yes, I can certainly see how knowing that you'd be served this for breakfast would be a great motivator for getting out of bed. Love this!! ;o)


over 5 years ago Helenthenanny

This looks beautiful!


over 5 years ago MasterBaker5006

Numm num num Yummy!