February 25, 2009

Vegalicious's Dalmatian (or my Polka Dot) Pudding

I was searching for something, on the net, the other day when I was struck by a beautiful photograph at Vegalicious, a food blog dedicated to vegan and vegetarian food. The post was a lovely coconut pudding with chocolate spots, very aptly named a Dalmatian pudding!
I had all the ingredients on hand and it seemed a perfect choice for dessert. I followed the original recipe with some minor changes.

The recipe says coconut, but I wasn't sure about whether it meant fresh or dessicated. Since coconut is something we're never short of in Goa, I used freshly grated coconut which I ran a couple of times in my blender to obtain finely shredded coconut. I increased the sugar and cornstarch a bit and added some powdered cardamom to the pudding.

All I had were mini chocolate chips, so I used them to "spot" my coconut pudding. To give your pudding a true "Dalmatian" look, use regular sized chocolate chips or follow the method suggested in the original recipe. As you can see, my pudding doesn't have quite the "look". My cousin, who was here for a short holiday, suggested that I could call my pudding a "Polka Dot Pudding" instead!!

Dalmatian or Polka Dot, this pudding is very easily made and quite good. My picture doesn't do justice to the pudding but this is the best I could do considering that I had to serve it immediately after, but do go across to see it in all it's glory at Vegalicious. You won't be disappointed.
Here is my microwave adapted "Polka Dot version" of the original Dalmatian Pudding.


400ml of very thick coconut milk (packaged)

1/4 cup granulated sugar

3 tsp cornstarch

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 tbsp finely shredded fresh coconut

1 tsp powdered cardamom

a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips


Place the coconut milk, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, salt and cornstarch in a microwave safe bowl. Whisk, by hand, a couple of times till the suagr has somewhat dissolved. Add the coconut and stir a couple of times.

Microwave, uncovered, at 100% for 2 minutes. Take out and stir well. Microwave for another 2 minutes at 100%. Take out and stir again. Now microwave for another 2 minutes at 80%.

By now the pudding would have thickened to the consistency of a thick custard. Add the cardamom powder and mix well. Allow the pudding to cool a bit, stirring occasionally, and pour into microwave safe serving bowls. Refrigerate till solid.

Sprinkle the chocolate chips carefully on top of the pudding to produce a "Dalmatian" pattern. Place in the microwave for about 2 minutes at 80% or till the chocolate chips melt. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
This pudding serves 4.

The chosen book for this month's "This Book Makes Me Cook" was Agatha Christie's short story collection titled Adventures of a Christmas Pudding. Having been a confirmed fan of Agatha Christie books I had read this one before but did not have the time to re-read it this month, for various reasons. Hence I decided to use the title as inspiration and this pudding is my contribution.
Other Agatha Christie inspired creations were Simran's A Tale of Two Puddings and Sweatha's Quick Blackberry Tart.

This pudding is also my submission for Srivalli's MEC being hosted this month by Jayasree of Kailas Kitchen with the theme Microwaved Puddings.


jayasree said...

Pudding sounds interesting. Though I am not a big fan of puddings, I think I will like this for the coconut milk base.
Thanks for sending it to MEC.

sunshinemom said...

The link really caught my eye!! Dalmatian in your pudding:) Nice one. I made my not so heavy Christmas pudding yesterday, but connectivity problems did not allow me to post! Maybe tonite I will be able to:)

sra said...

Your pudding is v pretty, polka dot or dalmatian. I have a couple of polka-dotted plates which I brought from home for nostalgia's sake. Your post has inspired me to search for them - they must be at the bottom of my other plates.

Just came back from a trip and now at home with fever and cough, see you around.

Divya Kudua said...

Pudding looks so cute Aparna..Polka dot or Dalmatian,it looks quite pretty and delicious!!Love the coconut milk base..must-try!!

pigpigscorner said...

This is interesting! Love how decorated it with chocolate chips.

Poonam said...

Pudding looks lovely...

Asha said...

That is easy and delicious dessert. Love the Chocolate chip addition! :)

Soma said...

Saving this. I have to make this sometimes.. lovely flavors and really esy to make! I love the name too:-)

Madhumathi said...

The pudding looks astonishing and the name is intriguing :)

Ashwini said...

Nice and easy dessert...Love the polka dots:-)

Priya said...

Very delicious pudding n love the polka dots...yummy!!!!

Cham said...

What a catchy title and ur picture too. I am not a dessert person but this pudding sounds delicous with coconut and choco chip!

Ivy said...

It sounds delicious and I love cardamom. I love your presentation.

zlamushka said...

POlka-dot pudding, that is hilarious :-) you made me laugh Aparna :-)

Nice with the cardamom.... hmm.... i can smell it...

Nandini Vishwanath said...

Super cute! :)

That reminds me that I should send something in too!

Bharti said...


Chris @ Beyond Ramen said...

I'm sure the cardamom does wonders for this dish! Any suggested substitutions for coconut milk in this dish? My Mom doesn't like to have high GI foods, but I'm not sure if there is anything as rich or flavorful.

Arfi Binsted said...

I thought the dots were blueberries (since I am mad of blueberries hehehe)... looks delicious and creamy at the same time!

Simran said...

The cutest pudding I ever saw!

Aparna said...

Thanks. Not quite like the original but I console myself it was pretty close.:)

Yes, the name caught my attention too, Harini. Hope the net gets back to normal soon.

Youshlould get those plates out, Sra. Hope you get well soon. I'm recovering from a bout of something similar.:)

A substitute for coconut milk would be ordinary milk and you could thicken it with rice flour instead of cornstarch. In India, we make a pudding like this called phirni.
I'm not sure how much better the GI of this combination would be though.

Unfortunately, we don't get blueberries here, Arfi.:(

Curry Leaf said...

Love the pudding Aparna.Cannot believe you made it in the mw.Could not come here early.I am yet to catchup with so many lovely posts

Miri said...

What a beautiful eye catching dessert! And sounds like it would taste delicious too!

Shobana said...

Hi aparna,

Tried this out on the stovetop. Cut out the vanilla and choc chips.. It was a beauty!

Thank you.

Aparna said...

Glad you liked it, Shobana.