Jul 2, 2012

Champorado (Filipino Chocolate Rice Porridge/Pudding)

 Back in the Philippines, I remember those lazy saturdays when you can get up later than usual, have a late breakfast and just relax. Of course, one of our classic Filipino breakfast (that doesn't involve fried rice or eggs or even meat....yes, admittedly there is rice but at least it's not fried!) is champorado - chocolate rice porridge.

Who can resist chocolate rice? I can't!

This version is a little richer than the usual champorado. In fact, when my hubby tasted it he thought I should serve it more as a dessert rather than as breakfast. Oh well, for me it's good either way!

Instead of just using water to cook the rice, I use a combination of coconut milk and fresh 2% milk. Evaporated milk, which is more readily available in the Philippines, is fine too. 
It came out really creamy and yummy and enhanced the flavor of the chocolate.
If you wish to have this for breakfast, I recommend using only half of the coconut milk plus some water as stated in the recipe. But if it will be used as dessert, then go ahead and use the entire can and leave out the water for a much creamier version.

So enjoy this champorado either at breakfast or after a meal as a dessert. Top it with with vanilla ice cream or even chocolate chips if you are feeling really indulgent! :-)


1 cup malagkit (sweet glutinous/sticky rice), rinsed and drained

*The sticky rice I had available in my pantry was one mixed with some sort of blackish rice grain, hence the color, but the regular white sticky rice should do. In fact, it won't take as long to cook if you use the regular one so I would recommend that.

1 1/2 cup 2 % (semi-skim) milk, plus more if needed (or 1 can evaporated milk)
1/2 can (or 3/4 cup) coconut milk
3/4 cup water
1/4 - 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (use Tablea if you are in the Philippines)      
1/4 cup sugar, or to taste
* If you wish to make this as a pudding/dessert, use the whole can of coconut milk and leave out the water.


In a large deep pan, mix all the ingredients except for the sugar and, bring to a quick boil. Stir to incorporate the chocolate powder and to prevent rice from sticking to the pot. Once it has boiled, lower the heat and bring to a simmer.

Stir once in a while and cook until rice is tender. It may take up to 25-30 minutes for the sticky rice to cook. It doesn't cook as fast as regular rice.

When the mixture becomes a bit dry and the rice has not softened yet, you may pour in more milk or water, as needed, until the rice is fully cooked and the desired consistency is reached. See below. I prefer a thicker porridge rather than a watery one.

Add the sugar and mix it in. Try the champorado and adjust the taste to your liking. 

Serve in individual bowls with additional milk on the side. Traditionally, we eat it with dried salted fish. But, you don't have to! :-)

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Enjoy this yummy chocolatey treat!



  1. This looks so good. I have pinned it for later use! Thank you so much for bringing this wonderful recipe to my Birthday Party on facebook!
    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

  2. Replies
    1. I would guess 4-6 or perhaps more...depending on how big the serving bowl is too.

  3. Would I be able to convert to dairy free?

    1. I don't see why not. Perhaps you can try rice, almond or soy milk. I just don't know which one will taste better.

  4. Could I use CalRose rice? My mother in law is always telling me how her mom made chocolate rice for her breakfast. She says it was because they were farmers and poor, but this looks decadent! I would love to bring back memories for her (she's filipino) as she glows when she recounts the memories of her mom doing this but I only have half and half and heavy cream and almond milk on hand. And CalRose rice. I know the rice you're talking about as we use it for Biko (spelled wrong I am sure) and also I have brown rice. Also, any chance of making this in the rice cooker?

    1. You can try half and half and cream, am sure that's fine. I haven't tried regular rice with this, I believe sticky rice is always used for this. I would suggest cooking it in a regular pot/sauce pan 'cause unlike regular rice, the liquid should not fully dry but when you decide to try it as you have suggested do let us know how it went. Thanks!

  5. I have never made rice pudding, but I think I will try this recipe - sounds so natural and delicious too!

    1. It is definitely worth a try! Thanks!

  6. Delicious!! My husband spent two years in the Philippines on his mission and used to have this for breakfast sometimes. We made it tonight and our whole family loved it! We had it as more of a dessert and so used the full can of coconut milk and evaporated milk. Plus I had to add quite a bit of regular milk as it was cooking because it was getting so thick. We served it with extra milk and a few chocolate chips on top (like your picture) and it was excellent! We'll definitely be making it again. Thanks for the recipe!!

    1. Robin, I am so delighted to know that you enjoyed the recipe with your family. It must have been like going down memory lane for your husband when he had champorado.

  7. In Mindanao, we use condense milk instead of evaporated milk and draw designs on top of the champorado spiraling it and using toothpicks to create effects in the spiral. Like spider web. This is delicious. We used fresh creamy goat milk and save coconut milk from the ones we cut. Also top off with macapuno shavings. Salamat

    1. That sounds delicious, too and love the artistic spin on top. Thanks for stopping by. :)

  8. My MIL tells me all the time how they were so poor, as her parents were asparagus farmers and her mom would make tons of food for the workers, whom usually were Filipinos who came over and her dad helped them learn English and get their citizenship back in the 40s. So often times she had chocolate rice for breakfast. I would love to make this for her. Also, beco as she and I both LOVE beco. Hubby hates it lol

    1. Hope you and your MIL enjoy this! Thanks for the story too. What a memory!


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