My Favorite Fruity Rice Pudding

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1 cup milk, soy milk or almond milk
1 cup cooked brown rice or barley
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped, or any other dried fruits of your choice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch ground cloves
pinch ground cardamom or the seeds from 4 cardamom pods (optional)

Warm the milk in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in the remaining ingredients, cover and cook very gently for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not let the milk boil. The pudding is done when the fruits are plump and soft, and most of the milk is absorbed.

4 servings