Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pasta Pudding, Bulgur Pudding - 2-Way, Have it Your Way

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Why the double treat?  I just won my first "Winner Badge" for "Semi-Homemade" cooking with an Indian Spin@Rahin's blog Lazzat. Ergo, I felt like treating you all with some pudding creations from my kitchen.I may be a new follower of Rahin's blog but I have taken a liking to her Coconut-Raspberry Jam Cookies.
   The puddings in the post are so simple and straight-forward to make that you don't have to be a rocket scientist.My mom makes this often with Semolina(Vermicelli)/Rice/Orzo pasta, Cracked Wheat instead of Bulgur (Wiki: Bulgur is a quick-cooking form of whole wheat that has been cleaned, parboiled, dried, ground into particles and sifted into distinct sizes) and we call it "Payasam".
Other Puddings that you might be tempted to try:
For the Pasta Pudding(With Fresh Strawberries,Cashews and Raisins):
  • Cooked Tiny Bow-tie Pasta - 3/4 cup (Pasta should be cooked without salt)
  • Partly skimmed milk - 3 1/2 cups (For a creamier version use whole milk)
  • Cardamom Pods - 3#s, smashed and shells removed
  • Fresh Strawberries - 4, 3 diced, 1 for garnish
  • Cashews - 6#s, roughly broken
  • Raisins - a few
  • Butter - 1 tbsp 
  • Sugar - 3 tbsp or more
For the Bulgur Wheat Pudding:
  • Cooked Bulgur - 3/4 cup
  • Jaggery(Unrefined Brown Sugar) - 3/4 cup 
  • Milk - 4 cups
  • Cardamom Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Halved Cashews + Raisins - 1/4 cup
  • Butter - 1 tbsp
For the Pasta Pudding:
  • In a thick bottomed pan, add a tbsp of butter and add the cashews. A minute later, add the raisins and fry until the cashews are browned. Set aside.
  • In the same pan, add the milk and heat it on a low flame. Add the sugar slowly and stir continuously until it is completely dissolved.
  • Throw in the cooked pasta and keep stirring until a desired consistency is reached.
  • Sprinkle the fried nuts/raisins, coarsely powdered cardamom seeds and switch off the stove.
  • Stir in the fresh chopped berries and serve warm or cold.
For the Bulgur Pudding:
  • In a thick bottomed pan, add a tbsp of butter and add the cashews. A minute later, add the raisins and fry until the cashews are browned. Set aside.
  • In the same pan, add the milk and heat it on a low flame. Add the brown sugar slowly and stir continuously until it is completely dissolved.
  • Add the cooked Bulgur and check for taste. Add more sugar if needed.
  • Sprinkle the fried nuts/raisins, cardamom powder and switch off the stove.
  • Serve warm or chilled. Tastes good either way.
  • Couscous, Cracked Wheat can be substituted instead of Bulgur.
  • Chopped Bananas may be added to the Bulgur Pudding to enhance the taste.
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  1. Congratulations on your winner badge!
    That pasta pudding looks and sounds incredible and does the Bulgur pudding!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Happy Blogging~

  2. Very innovative !!! both pudding looks super yummy!!!
    Congrats on ur badge!!!
    btw ..nice song..i love this

  3. Wow...what a delicious celebration...both the puddings looks awesome...I am going to try the bulgur wheat pudding tomorrow :)

  4. I've never heard of pasta pudding before but sounds really interesting!

  5. @Sook, 3 Hungry tummies: Pasta in a pudding is quite common these days. Orzo pasta is the most used pasta for the pudding though many of the girls are coming up with very innovative ideas. I just had bow-ties handy. Else it would have been with Orzo or Rice or Vermicelli. :))

  6. pasta pudding has never occurred to me before...very innovative indeed!

  7. Congratulations on your winner badge! Both the treat looks yum yum! new to me as well...

  8. pasta pudding and bulgar pudding both look so delicious!

  9. pasta pudding is new to me :)..thanks for i can say pasta pudding is there to otheres..dont u know!!.he he he

    bulgar pudding simply looks awesome and i m gonna try it soon :)

  10. I will be repeating like others here...pasta in a pudding is really new to me... Congratulations on the win! and ya, though I dont understand the song but the music is really catchy:)

  11. Thats really droolworthy and innovative puddings CL...superb!

  12. Loved the pudding... Very tempting.... I have been longing to have it for quite some time now.... & this what u posted refreshed my craves....


  13. Oh boy!!Am I drooling here or what?Congrats!

  14. Its a new recipe.Sounds great and yummy dear.

  15. The sweet pasta must definitely delight the
    kids :D.Congrats!

  16. Congrats! Pasta pudding is something very new and sounds yumm!

  17. I have never heard of a pasta pudding...Great idea.

  18. Pasta in idea :-)Bulgur pudding also looks delicious !

  19. Congratulations on ur winner badge!
    Both the puddings luk amazingly delicious!Never heard of pasta pudding before.very innovative!tnx 4 sharing

  20. hey pasta in pudding..mmm both the things are my great combo and very innovative.

    congrats so much on your award..

  21. nice following you..deifferent mouthwatering recipe

  22. Congrats on your winners badge gal... And its definitely the best way to celebrate with a double treat!!!

  23. looks very good. i'll have to try it this way next time!

  24. Congrats on your win,the pudding looks delicious.

  25. Dear Lassi
    Congrats for the award..I feel so great as if I have got the one...ha ha
    Thanks for changing te music..I like this song even if I dont understand the words...but generally when I read your blog I silenence the sound as I cant concentrate and reading your blog is a serious business for me.
    I like this dish...very nice
    have a nice weekend

  26. The picture is in the south of France thanks for the following will do like wise my hubby is Tamil!
    looks yum


  27. My hearty congratulations on your winning, both pudding looks excellent! Book marking both dear:)

  28. puddings luks awesome. congrats for winning the badge:)

  29. Congrats lassie, such an innovative recipe. Looks fabulous, must try this.

  30. hey there...thanks for stopping by my blog:)
    Billowing curtains can be a bit creepy, but i couldn't help laugh about the ceiling fans... :)
    You have a wonderful space here..and you seem to be a pro at the food blogging still an amateur..i completely depend on pros like you for motivation :)

  31. What a fantastic treat for Presto Pasta Night's big third birthday party. A glorious dessert to end an over the top meal of a bazillion pastas.

    I do hope you plan on joining in the fun often.

  32. Hey...thanks a lot for offering to guest blog. You can send them over to

  33. The recipe is simple and thank goodness the ingredients can be easily found my supermarket. I love Indian food but sometimes finding the spices is a big challenge. This is such a wonderful dessert.

  34. Congratulations CL... way to go... love the new outlook of your blog... Pasta pudding sounds like a brand new recipe....

  35. Congratulations!!!Both the puddings luk delicious & sounds interestering..never tried pasta pudding..give a try..:)

  36. Both these recipes look very innovative ANDsimply delicious and mouth watering.


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