Coconuts are something we Keralites are deeply in love with,infact we cannot imagine a life without coconuts in Kerala.Coconut trees plays a major role in a traditional Malayalee’s lifestyle and economy.Even the name Kerala is derived from the word ‘Kera‘ which means coconut tree.Every part of the coconut tree is used in some way or other. Coconuts are used extensively in the delicious Kerala cuisine in different forms.
And what to say about tender coconuts?Fresh Karikku vellam(juice of tender coconuts) along with its flesh is the most delicious and healthy thing i’ve ever tasted in my life.Back home,this is served as a welcome drink for special occasions and celebrations and is considered very royal.
Last week, I’ve found tender coconuts in an International grocery store and couldn’t resist myself from buying it.Again,those were not as sweet as the fresh ones,but no complaints,atleast I got it.And I decided to prepare my all time favorite pudding with those,adding some extra sugar to make it sweeter.
So here goes my second entry for JFI-Coconut,from Kerala aka ‘The Land of Coconut trees’.
China grass/agar agar – 10 gms
Water – 1 cup
Tender coconut water -1 cup
Condensed milk – 1 tin
Milk – 2 tins(I used the same condensed milk tin)
Sugar – 1/2 cup(Use more or less according to your taste) + 2 tsp( for garnishing)
Thin scrapings of tender coconut – 1 cup
Finely grated Coconut – 1/4 cup(optional)
Cashews/Almonds – 1/4 cup(optional)
Ingredients needed for the pudding
Soak China grass in 1 cup water and dissolve over low flame.
Melting China grass in low flame
Remove from heat and add tender coconut water.Keep it aside.Take another pan, dissolve the sugar in milk and condensed milk over low heat, stirring all the time.When the sugar has completely dissolved, add melted China grass,mix well and remove from heat.Do not boil it.Strain into a flat glass dish.
Mix the tender coconut scrapings into the pudding ,allow it to cool to room temperature and then refrigerate.
Decorate with cherries,raisins etc and serve.Here I’ve used coarsly grounded praline and roasted coconut to decorate my pudding.You can prepare praline in advance and store it in an air tight container.Just before serving,roast grated coconut and 2 tsp sugar over low flame.Do not brown it.Sprinkle these over the pudding and serve cold.
Recipe Source : Mrs.K.M Mathew