2 January, 2017
Komla lebur payesh : Orange pudding
Happy new year friends. I feel it is only natural that we start the year with something sweet. Are you with me on this?
It is citrus season, and I’m going with the oranges. Growing up I have so many fond memories of winter food. Looking back the winters were very mild, but we were all bundled up with our hats, mitts, woollen socks and what not. Who knew that I would settle down in a place where the summer temperatures would be exactly similar to the winter temperatures of my childhood?
Winters holidays meant time spent at the grandparents. Dida or granma asked for help with two things in her kitchen. Shelling peas from the pods and cleaning up the orange segments off of the fascia. Isn’t it funny how we can almost associate the seasons with food. Orange pudding or Komla lebur payesh, was a favourite of ours and Dida obliged us every time.
I tweaked it a bit, for there was no microwave then. As long as the milk is thickened to a desired consistency it doesn’t matter if this is cooked stove top or in a microwave oven.
Recipe: Serves 4.
Milk 1 cup
Chhena 1 cup
Condensed milk 1/4 cup
Mandarin orange pulp 1/2 cup
Pistachio nut pieces 1 Tbsp
Grated orange rind 1/4 tsp
Peel the oranges into segments. With a sharp pair of scissors cut through the narrow side of the segment to clean up the fascia. Collect the pulp.
Make Chhena, cottage cheese at home. You can get the recipe for that here. Grate it and keep aside.
Take the milk in a microwave safe bowl and mix with the condensed milk. Heat this in microwave, for 3 minutes, taking the bowl out after every minute and giving it a good stir. The consistency can be adjusted to your liking. Some like it almost like a soft fudge consistency others a bit more runny. Add the Chhena and orange rind to it. Allow it to cool then put it in the refrigerator for a couple hours.
Take it out just before serving, add the orange pulp. Garnish with Pistachio nut pieces. Enjoy.
Check the sweetness of the orange. It can curdle the milk if sour.