Y1: “Ma, I’ve made dessert.”
Me – Gasp!
If you’ve ever won an Olympic Gold, or unexpectedly found some money in your old jeans, or seen a double rainbow after summer rain you know that feeling of sheer joy I experienced when I saw this.
It’s a dessert made by my 10 year old, Y1 to those who’ve been here before.
Invented and executed all by himself. (I did help him dissolve the china grass in boiling water and heat up the milk, but in a distracted kind of way, – I was busy with a project, – and didn’t really notice what he was up to.)
Because, for goodness’ sake, it’s a Healthy Dessert!
I guess somewhere, something’s going right!
There are times when I wonder if my
obsession interest in conscious nutrition is a bit of my own trip, and that given half a chance everyone would happily eat ‘junk’ all day and not care one bit.
So after the initial hoo-ha, we actually taste the dish, which is in fact, quite delicious.
Simplicity itself. Perfection.
Ingredients for the Pudding.
Organic Shelled Walnuts – 3 kid-sized handfuls
China grass (agar-agar) – 5 gms
Milk – 1 cup (250 ml)
Palm Sugar – 1 Tbsp
Ingredients for the Sauce.
Ripe Bananas (Overripe is fine. Better, even.) – 2 nos.
Honey – 2 Tbspns
Water – 5 Tbspns
1. Pound the walnuts in a mortar and pestle to make a coarse, sticky-ish powder.
2. Chop the china grass and dissolve it in boiling water till smooth.
3. Mix the walnut paste, dissolved china grass, and palm sugar into the hot milk.
4. Stir well.
5. Pour into a thali/tray or moulds and allow it to set for around half an hour or so.
6. It will set at room temperature, or keep it in the fridge if you like it cold.
7. Make the sauce by mixing the bananas (mashed thoroughly with a fork), the honey and water.
8. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the set pudding if it’s in the thali, or unmould.
9. Serve the pudding with the sauce.
The best dessert, ever.
If you ever get curious about what my kitchen is like, here is an excellent depiction by Y2 (all of six).
Note: The person hopping about on the counter (and that’s a bit of artistic license, – is not him, apparently!) is reacting and calling attention to the fact that milk is boiling over on the gas and meanwhile the pressure cooker is simultaneously whistling (a much disliked sound by most kids).
Chaos reigns all around.
But all’s well.