Friday, 27 January 2017

SWEET POTATO PUDDING

SWEET POTATO PUDDING

EDITED : This recipe was featured at Healthy Living Link party on 9th February 2017, Check here.


 In my long stay in Africa, and before in India, I had only seen one colour of sweet potato flesh, that is white, with light brown skin colour, like potatoes. This off-whitish colour was a bit drab to use in recipes and because, as I’ve mentioned before, I do not use artificial food colour in my cooking, it was not very exciting. To my big surprise, when I came to Canada, I have seen two more colours of sweet potato flesh that is orange and purple, their skin colour ranges from shades of white and yellow to red, purple and brown.

 
I was glad that now I can have a variety of colours of this healthy vegetable to try and test in my kitchen. I really liked cooking with the orange coloured ones, because orange gives a warm feeling and it looks particularly good on sweet items like this pudding. Though the purple colour of sweet potato is also fine, but the colour is not that appealing for some items, which I make, like soup. Now whenever I buy sweet potatoes, the first thing I see is the colour of its flesh.

 
These days, sweet potatoes are ranked as having the highest nutritional value among other foods. It is considered as the best complex carbohydrate, and people are encouraged to use more sweet potatoes in their diet. It is considered as one of the healthiest carbs. Check this website

 
 
I used this recipe many times before and made this pudding with white sweet potatoes. But this time I really enjoyed cooking this pudding (with orange sweet potatoes), because of its colour. Using orange sweet potato is a different experience for this recipe, because this colour gives life to this pudding or maybe, I am the one who is attracted by this colour.

 
While I was planning to prepare this pudding, my daughter suggested, to use jaggery instead of white sugar, because jaggery can enhance the colour, aroma and taste of a sweet item like this one. Jaggery is used in Indian cuisine a lot in many sweet recipes.

  
For those readers who do not know jaggery, it is the traditional raw form of sugar which is golden in colour. This is a concentrated product of sugar cane which is used in Asia, Africa and South America. Jaggery contains many minerals which are healthy and not found in white sugar. (Source Wikipedia)

 
In Hindi, we call it ‘Gur’, in different languages different names are there for jaggery. In north India, people eat a small amount of jaggery after dinner in winter, not only to satisfy their sweet tooth but also to get the health benefits of it. There are many health benefits of eating jaggery in winter. You can check 15 health benefits of jaggery in this website.

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

  • 200 grams orange sweet potato
  • 500 grams full-fat milk
  • 100 grams jaggery or brown sugar
  • 20 grams sliced pistachios
  • 200 ml sweetened condensed milk

METHOD
  • Wash, boil and chop sweet potatoes in small pieces or grate it.
  • Boil milk in a heavy bottomed pot; let it reduce to half the amount.
  • Add sweet potato and leave it to boil till it is thick enough like pudding.
  • Add jaggery and mix well, boil for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add condensed milk and boil again.
  • Garnish with pistachios.
  • This can be served hot or cold, depending on the taste.

36 comments:

  1. Your Sweet Potato Pudding looks wonderful, Sadhna. I was interested to learn about Jaggery - it sounds like a lovely form of sugar. Also, I didn't know about white sweet potatoes! Thank you for sharing this very interesting post and delicious recipe with us at Hearth and Soul.

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    1. Thanks a lot April for your comment,Your comments are always encouraging.

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  2. I love sweet potatoes and this is a really different way to make them! thanks for linking up

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  3. Sadhna, love the colour of the pudding. We still get the white sweet potatoes 😃 Would love to make this pudding for Ekadashi.

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  4. HI Sadhna
    Wow this sounds delicious. I love sweet potatoes any way you make them. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!

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    1. Thanks Marla for your comment and for pinning and tweeting.

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  5. Orange sweet potatoes are much more common here in the UK. I'm yet to find purple ones though! Thanks for linking your lovely pudding to #CookBlogShare

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  6. Hi Sadhna, Your sweet potato pudding looks so creamy and delicious! I live in North Carolina and my grandmother used white sweet potatoes to make the best sweet potato pie when I was a child. The orange sweet potatoes are prettier in color but I didn't mind eating the white one in her wonderful pie! Thanks for sharing your recipe! Blessings, Janet

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    1. Thanks very much for your visit and the comment.

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  7. Sadhna- I honestly never had sweet potato pudding, but this must be one delicious dessert idea!I really want to give it a try- sounds divine!

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    1. Thanks very much Ilka for your comment.I am very sure you will enjoy, give it a try.

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  8. Sounds lovely, I have to agree that the orange colour looks far more inviting than a white or purple one which is a good thing given that here in the UKk I've only ever found the oranges ones.
    Angela x

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    1. Thanks very much Angela for your visit and the comment.

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  9. Oooh this sounds so good, I have never thought of using sweet potato in a dessert. Must try! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

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    1. Thanks Kristy for your comment dear. You can give it a try, it is very tasty.

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  10. Oh Sadhna this looks so refreshing and delicious. I never realized that sweet potatoes come in different colors. Just shows you. Do you think it would taste the same if I used the purple and white ones we can find here in S Africa? Maybe if I hide the color with some custard?

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    1. Yes Michelle, it will taste the same, as I had mentioned in the post, earlier I have used only white colour. I like the idea of adding custard powder. Thanks for the comment dear.

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    2. Thanks so much Sadhna, I can't wait to try it

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  11. Sadhna, I love sweet potatoes, but I'm the only one of my family that does. This recipe would be perfect for me, as I could make it once and have it for several meals. I've only ever seen orange sweet potatoes, I've never seen a white or purple one. I would love to place some in our dehydrator to make healthy sweet potato chips, how fun it would be to use all the colors.

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    1. Hi Nikki,Thanks for your comment dear. If you like sweet potato, you will really like this pudding.Come and get all the colours in Calgary.

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  12. Sweet potato pie is one of my favorite desserts so I can only imagine I would love love love this!

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    1. Thanks Sarah for your comment. If you like sweet potato pie, you will like this one, give it a try.

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  13. I love sweet potatoes with brown sugar. Is jaggery like brown sugar. I would love to eat this pudding. And the color is lovely!

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    1. Thanks for your comment Cathy. Jaggery is better than brown sugar.

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  14. Sadhna I did not know that sweet potatoes come in so many varieties. Ihave only seenthe ones with the yellow skins here in the States. In Greece they have light brown skins. Do they taste different? This is a wonderful recipe and I really enjoy cooking with sweet potatoes.

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    1. Hi Mary, thanks for your comment. They tastes the same,only the colour is different. I am glad you liked it.

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  15. Yum! this looks fabulous, thanks for linking up at Sunday Fitness & Food...Pinned :-)

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    1. Thanks Angela for your comment and for pinning.

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  16. I've been craving any sweet potato lately! I just made sweet potato casserole last night and I will surely make this too. Thank you for sharing this over at Healthy Living link party. I will be featuring you tomorrow...hope to see you again!

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    1. Hi Cristina, thanks for your comment and for featuring my recipe.

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