Coconut Milk Pudding with Roasted Peanut Praline

Every once in a while, I go through a distressing and disappointing ‘blog comparison phase’. I am sure many other just-getting-there bloggers also suffer from the same disease (yes, it is a disease!)

It always starts off as reading and skimming through other well-known and top-notch blogs, simply as a way of getting inspired and motivated. But a few minutes into it makes me feel so disappointed and my head gets filled with what I have not achieved or will I ever get there. Instead of getting inspired and proud of my accomplishments, I get severely depressed wondering if I am doing anything right at all. I start finding faults by the dozen, even when there really aren’t any.

And quite ironically, in this past one year of blogging, every time this seed of self-doubt enters my being, I receive some kind of a blog/food related boost to reassure that ‘all is well’.

Last week was one of those self-questioning phases. Call it cosmic or divine intervention, I got a massive boost to my blogging ego when I was featured as one of the top 10 bloggers to look out for in 2015 as part of a cover story for SALT, a premium food, wine and hospitality ezine. Read the story here.

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It is an immense boost to your confidence when someone else places trust in your abilities. And though I have already mentioned my gratitude, I take a moment again to thank all at FBAI and SALT, especially Mr. Elson Sequeira, the editor-in-chief for this wonderful opportunity.

And what more, Elson even pushed this ‘savoury’ girl to publish her first ‘sweet’ recipe for the ezine, which is also our recipe for the day.

Today’s recipe is a coconut milk pudding with roasted peanut praline. This is one of those no-brainer dessert recipes which can be made in a jiffy. This one’s from my mom, who passes along simple dessert recipes especially when I am hosting a party.

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This coconut milk pudding is extremely light and just mildly sweet; the perfect finish to a big meal. It is a delicious dessert on its own but top it with a peanut praline and you have a winner on your hands. And if you don’t prefer peanuts, use any type of nuts that you would like or maybe some chopped mangoes….the options are endless!

So here’s a light yet indulgent Christmas dessert with creamy coconut milk pudding topped off with a crunchy sweet and caramelly roasted peanut praline.

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Ingredients:

For the pudding:

1. 1 medium sized coconut (around 600gm), grated
2. 600 ml plain milk
3. 2 tbsp gelatin powder
4. 2 cups raw sugar

For the praline:

5. ½ cup roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
6. 1 cup caster sugar
7. 1 cup cold water

Method:

1. Blend the grated coconut with milk. Strain through a muslin or cheesecloth to extract all the milk. This would yield approximately 1 litre of milk.
2. Add the sugar and mix well to dissolve. I have used 2 cups of raw sugar but the quantities might vary if you are using ordinary white sugar. So add 1 cup of sugar, dissolve, taste and add more as required. The milk should taste very sweet at this stage as the sweetness will decrease once the pudding sets.
3. Dissolve the gelatin powder in ¼ cup water using the double boiling technique. Cool slightly and add to the milk mixture.
4. Pour into glasses or any container you wish and refrigerate to set the pudding.
5. Roast the peanuts in a pan, cool and chop roughly. Spread on a baking sheet and keep aside.
6. To make the praline, add 1 cup sugar and 1 cup cold water to a pan and place over medium heat. Stir till the sugar dissolves and bring to boil. Stop stirring and boil till the sugar takes on a nice, golden colour. Remove from heat at this stage. (Sometimes, the sugar crystallizes around the edge of the mixture while boiling, use a pastry brush dipped in cold water and brush around the edges of the mixture to prevent the caramel going grainy).
7. Pour the mixture carefully over the chopped peanuts. Set aside to cool for at least 15-20 minutes. Chop roughly and store in an airtight container.
8. Spoon the peanut praline over the pudding just before serving.

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16 thoughts on “Coconut Milk Pudding with Roasted Peanut Praline

  1. […] I admit I was a little skeptical about how it would taste but I actually liked it very much. It was sweet and creamy with that hint of almond flavour; but somehow it also reminded me of this coconut milk pudding. […]

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  2. Kevin Jones December 29, 2014 at 4:51 pm Reply

    Hi!

    I came across your website and really enjoyed reading through it. I wanted to see if you were open to guest contributions? I currently work for Modernize.com and we’re looking to contribute to websites and blogs that write about home improvement & home decor.

    Here are a couple examples of recent articles our writers have written:

    http://modernize.com/home-ideas/3802/4-ways-find-qualified-home-energy-auditor
    http://modernize.com/home-ideas/3930/hottest-solar-energy-facts

    Let me know if you have a topic in mind and we can get started right away.

    Thanks,

    Kevin
    Website: http://www.Modernize.com
    Company: Modernize
    Address: 804 Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78701
    Phone: (ONLY IF NECESSARY!!) 203.293.5020

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    • vanyadhanya December 29, 2014 at 11:22 pm Reply

      Hi Kevin, thanks for writing in. As much as I love home improvement, the niche of my blog is food and hence your articles will not be of relevance to my readers.

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  3. fergie51 December 21, 2014 at 7:46 am Reply

    Interesting insight. I could feel like a loser and not bother with my blog if I dared compare too closely, but then I remind myself why I created my blog. It was purely to keep a diary record of our renovation and what happened in the garden. The added bonus of being introduced to the most amazing people (including yourself) and learning so much more outside my own comfort zone wasn’t even a consideration. So glass I made the step, might not be up there with the best but I know I have added to some peoples experiences and I don’t want to be a slave to it. And by golly, what I have learned…………

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    • vanyadhanya December 21, 2014 at 12:59 pm Reply

      so true Fergie……I can’t deny that I have the most amazing experiences through blogging and also met and made some beautiful relationships.

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  4. Nicole - Champagne and Chips December 20, 2014 at 8:27 am Reply

    Oh you clever thing. Well done for the magazine mention. This recipe looks delightful too. I hope things can start picking up for me a little. I am getting better at just staying true to myself and not comparing myself to others as much. I really appreciate your lovely words on the facebook post. I’m really keen to make something of Champagne and Chips.

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    • vanyadhanya December 20, 2014 at 2:38 pm Reply

      Thanks dear. I am too getting better at staying true to myself but there are some days when self-doubt creeps in big time. Its like reading glossy female magazines and looking at yourself in the mirror

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  5. Linda Creation December 19, 2014 at 1:50 pm Reply

    Woooow incredible

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  6. lapetitepaniere December 19, 2014 at 8:41 am Reply

    It looks super delicious 🙂

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  7. Aruna Panangipally December 19, 2014 at 7:06 am Reply

    Absolutely delicious!

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  8. elsonsequeira December 19, 2014 at 6:57 am Reply

    My. My. Elson is red in blushing. The team and i were very impressed with the passion for blogging that you’ve shown Dhanya and the regularity of your post. Never, ever even for a moment doubt your capabilities. This mention (in SALT) should push to believing and achieving greater heights in 2015. All the best!!

    P.S: I secretly tried out a small batch of this recipe 😛 and it came out trumps…

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    • vanyadhanya December 19, 2014 at 8:26 am Reply

      awww…that’s the kindest words Elson. Yes, the opportunities and experiences of 2014 have motivated me and looking forward to a great 2015. And a very Merry Christmas to you.

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      • elsonsequeira December 19, 2014 at 8:35 am

        WIsh you the same Dhanya!

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