An award, a confession and a simple thai dessert


A few days back, a dear blogger friend from Singapore, who goes by the intriguing name of Not yet 100, passed on my first ever blog award:the yummy blog award. Since she has granted me my five mintes of fame, I would like to get a few things off my chest that I have been wanting to say for some time now. This award started by Roopa , requires me to:

a. Name four of my favourite desserts
b. Pass this award to four fab bloggers.

Now both these tasks are just a little bit complicated for me.The first one, because I have been (in)famous within my friends and family as a dessert hater-more specifically I have always avoided Indian desserts as I find most of them overwhelmingly sweet- the prospect of having jalebis, gulabjamuns, laddus etc. is daunting for me.

So much so that on my engagement day, as per the custom, all my aunt/uncle in laws would 'muh mitha' me (feed me some sweets to welcome me to the family). The very idea of enduring all those laddus made me dizzy, and good ol' Prashant, told his mom. My empathetic MIL, who had come down from Lucknow, arranged for kishmish(raisins), so that the custom could be honoured without the fascinating spectacle of their DIL daintily throwing up all over the place!

However, a few desserts which are mildly sweets (and chocolates),are welcome once in a while.These are :

1. Mango with sweet sticky rice (Khao neow mamuang): This is a famous thai dessert that we discovered accidently this January during a cooing workshop in Phuket. Imagine my surprise on discovering how delicious this dish is when just before the class, I was urging the instructor to let me swap this one for another salad/noodle dish. However, she insisted that I should try this and I am glad that for once I listened to those who know better !

2. Chocolate fudge: Almost 2 decades ago, this was the first dish I ever made, from a Tarla Dalal recipe, and recently chocolate fudge again off Deeba's blog.

3. Ada pradhaman : I first had this at Ananda Bhavan in Singapore as part of my thali and found it amazingly mellow and delicious.

4. Movenpick Caramel Ice cream: For all my talk of disliking sweet desserts, this is one of the very few ice creams I like and it happens to be seriously sweet. But this one works for me..dunno why ! Call me wierd but it does remind me of Mishti Doi, which is another sweet that I am pretty fond of !

Now comes the second part and my confession:

This award needs to be passed on to four bloggers whose blogs I find yummy. Lots of problems here : just FOUR blogs ( you can imagine how tough this is for someone like me who perhaps subscribes to, like 50 blogs !!!!), not to mention that most blogs have already recieved the award, some even twice !

OK..OK , cut to the chase..so what is my confession ?

I, um have shamelessly bookmarked dozens of recipes in my non blogging days, usually even without a little thank you or comment to the blogger who took the pains to click, write and post a recipe. ( Hang my head in shame). Partly because I was not sure how to intoduce myself to the blogger, and partly my laziness. Not that either of the two is a good enough reason, but well that's how its been.

In an admittedly lame effort to make up, I would like to pass this award to some of the bloggers I have most often bookmarked/tried but failed to credit when I should have. These are :
  • Manasi of A cook at heart, who taught me the very delicious Dadpe pohe, a yummy unfried version of the ever popular poha. Not only has her healthier recipe made me lose 57 gms of excess weight that i attribute to my fondness for poha but has also caused a great poha divide between me & P, who still favours the cooked version.

  • Kamini of The Bubbling Cauldron : Her awesome aloo sabzi has perked up many dull dinners for us, I think I have bookmarked nearly half of her blog.

  • Daagh of A.R.A.D, who taught me to finally start liking simple vegetables like Guvar and palak tamatar, as much as the yummy cheese balls and mont carlo that the charming fatee whips up!

  • Saju,Mohsin,Joanne & Graingers of Chachi's kitchen for who showed me that with some effort, everything from vegan sushi to moussaka is possible.

    These four amazing bloggers have made our meals happier, easier and newer by introducing me to unusual recipes and showing me how to make some of our favourites.There are lots of other bloggers too who have inspired me but today I have to limit myself to only four. Henceforth, I have also made it a point to always leave comments before book marking any recipe, else let the curse of the food gods turn my food to dust! A very warm and heartfelt thanks to all of you and hope you will forgive me for not acknowledging and thanking you then.
I would also like to make a special mention of the very popular Nupur of One Hot Stove, who was my very first introduction to the world of food blogs and remains my hero. Her recipes, her writing and her wisdom, has always so inspired me.She has already recieved this and many more well deserved awards, and I am another of her ardent fan.

Finally when on my birthday in March, I decided to 'gift' myself a blog, I realized how much thought goes into each and every post. That too, when my photography is limited to a very old & basic digicam, or my camera phone. I can imagine the kind of effort it is for those who take great pains to create beautiful settings and click those fab pictures that can put glossies to shame.

Now I also know how happy new comers feel when a veteran notices and encourages them. This is how I felt when I first saw Bee's comment. And I could hardly believe it when subsequently Asha, Richa, Trupti, Manasi, Nandita and Anita visited my still rather 'rough around the edges' blog. It's like you grow up watching Amitabh Bachhan, and one day he turns around and says hi !

All of you are such heroes that I would not have the audacity to hand you an award, even though your blogs are yummy beyond doubt.

All I can say is THANK YOU for sharing your lovely pictures and recipes with us so generously and enriching our lives with your wonderful writing.

And finally, for those of you who are still with me, here's the recipe, for one of the simplest desserts ever:

This is a dish that I first tasted and learnt rather reluctantly in a cooking workshop, but quickly changed my opinion after the first few spoonfuls. For those who like mangoes and coconuts ( I guess that should include most of us), this is such a winning combination, that I strongly urge you to try making it atleast once at home as the one served in most thai restaurants is usually made hours before and just does not taste the same. Do as the thais do, and have it for lunch/light dinner on summer evenings when it is too hot to cook a full meal.

Khao Niew Mamuang or Mangoes with sweet, sticky rice

All it needs is :

1 cup of glutinous rice*
1 cup of coconut milk
5 to 6 tbsp of sugar ( to taste, actually)
a tiny pinch of salt ( yep, salt!)
Your favourite mango, sliced or cubed ( i used the Alphonso in the picture below)



* This is a special opaque,short grained rice easily available in asian stores, looks something like this:

Rinse and soak the rice for 3 hours or even overnight. If in a hurry, you can even make do with 30 to 60 minutes of soaking, but pre-soaking is a must.

The traditional method calls for steaming the rice for about 20 minutes in a muslin cloth (similar to what you use for making paneer/coconut milk). However, I have recently learned a MW method which works almost as well, which is to cook rice with 10% more water than the rice (1 cup rice to 1.1 cup water) for about 9 to 10 minutes at full power. The rice should be cooked completely and give easily but not be too mushy. Here's a close up of the final dish:

Separately, we make the coconut sauce: On a low heat, mix the sugar & salt with the coconut milk till dissolved & keep aside. The salt is absolutely integral to the recipe as it emphasizes the sweetness of the sugar and coconut. When the rice is still warm, add 3/4th of the sauce to the rice, mix gently and keep covered for 10 minutes.

At the time of serving, plate some rice and mangoes for each person, pour some sauce on top and sprinkle with roasted sesame seeds. BTW, another popular way of serving this in thailand is with some fried moong dal sprinkled on top ! Yes, the same dal that we all love to snack on :)

And what can we do with the odd little bits of mango and little clumps of rice, that sometimes remain after all the bowls have been set ?

Make mango sushi ! My little one enjoyed it so much that I also tried the same trick with watermelon, and he loved that too !

This sweet, fragrant, cheery looking,yellow and white dessert is dedicated to all those wonderful people who touch others lives with their lovely blogs.

27 comments:

  1. i adore this thai pudding, and ada pradhaman too. we have a purple rice version of this pudding on our blog. either way, it's wonderful, esp with the delicate panda leaf fragrance.

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  2. lovely pudding...congrats on the award u deserve it :)

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  3. nice post,..u write really well...congrats for the award again,,

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  4. Bee:
    I rushed to your blog to check out the purple version,discovered that the stunner on your main page is this one!

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  5. Never tasted this pudding, wonderful picture and recipe and congrats on ur award :)

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  6. YUM! Thai pudding looks delcious. Enjoy your award DB, always glad to come here and say hello!:))

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  7. A very honest post.
    Love the thai rice dessert

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  8. Hey DB, Congratulations and great job on your blog. This post was so eloquently put. The dessert looks ready to eat off the screen. Thanks a ton for passing the award on to me (my first ever!!). I am truly truly touched. This is what makes blogging so worth it and the fact that one makes so many new friends along the way. Thanks again.

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  9. Oooh!! Lookit that pudding!! SO tempting!!!!!!!!
    And a GR8 BIG THANK U!!! for the award and also for trying my recipe! M and I both love dadpe pohe and it suits us all too well for an evening snack!!

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  10. lovely pudding and nice presentation. congrats on well deserved award.

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  11. plannin bloggers meet in singapore,..if interested ,..dolet me know...

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  12. not a big fan of mango, but a sushi seems to be a very innovative idea....well need to research on it

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  13. cham:
    My first real taste of this pudding was alaso as recent as 4 months back. Since then, I must have made it 10 times !

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  14. Asha, happycook

    Thank you both for the nice comments :)

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  15. kamini,
    So glad to see you here.Am sure this award is the first of many more that your lovely blog will recieve. Keep writing:)

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  16. Manasi:
    Thank you so much coming over. Since I already know you well thru your blog, it feels like an old pal's visit.And I LOVE all the mumbaiya food you make:)

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  17. andhra flavours:
    Thank you:)

    bhags:
    I am also not a great mango lover, but paired with coconut-its sheer tropical bliss !

    NYH:
    Thanks for asking. will figure it out & get back to you offline.

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  18. hello buddy .. u rock with ur decorations haan .. and when did u pass out.. i always used to wonder if u were also in DU.. i passed out in 2003
    achcha tell me if iam just confused, have u changed ur template..

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  19. swati:

    itne achhi-2 ke liye shukriya..i passed out from du in '96..waaay before you. In 2003, i was expecting my sonny;)

    have not changed the template, only the background colour, but need to work on it soon,b'cos P tells me that it sucks big time !!

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  20. NO WAY!! My man has been pining for mango and sticky rice since we visited Thailand in Jan 08. Now I can make it at home for him!! Thank you honey...

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  21. And Congrats for the award!!

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  22. Hey Mallika,
    No kidding! i was also in thailand in jan'08- my anniversary !!
    And isnt this pudding is so heart breakingly good?

    Good to see you !

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  23. thanks a lot for the awaard, DB.

    Your recipes are wonderful, will show your thai dessert to fatee and ask her to make some for us :-)

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  24. Hi Daagh,
    Thks for dropping in, and hope you and fatee enjoy this pudding:)

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  25. Hi can you please tell me which specific store can I buy sticky rice

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  26. Planning to make this yummy dessert but unable to find the rice in any store. Can u pls specify the store in Delhi

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