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Christmas recipe: How to make Milk Pudding

December 22, 2015 13:18 IST

We continue our special series on traditional Christmas recipes from Christian communities around India.

Today, Anita Aikara shares her aunt Joyce Benny Meledath’s recipe of milk pudding.

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Kerala Noel feasts

No Christmas meal in a Syrian Christian household is complete without tharavu (duck) curry.

Nadan Tharavu curry and Tharavu Roast are very popular dishes.

Breakfast is usually mutton or chicken stew served with appam.

Lunch is a lavish affair, with families at times opting for a six to seven course meal. It starts with fish fry, followed by chicken cutlets and beef roast/fry/chilly.

Then there is Meen Molee (fish in coconut curry), Nadan Kori (chicken curry), tharavu roast/curry/fry, Karimeen Pollichatu, vegetable thoran, steamed nendra-pazham(Kerala-style steamed bananas) or nendra-pazham porichathu, and chicken or Malabar biryani.

Nowadays people prefer vegetable pulav or steamed rice instead of biryani. The meal ends with custard or bread pudding.

Visit a Syrian Christian's home on Christmas, and you're sure to be welcomed with goodies like Vattayappam (steamed rice cakes), puffs, rava (semolina) and rice laddoos, muruku, kuzhalappam, achappam (rose cookies) and Kerala-style plum cake.

They also make laddoos out of avalose podi (roasted rice powder with coconut).

Anita Aikara talks to her aunt Joyce Benny Meledath who loves cooking traditional recipes. Joyce says she learnt this recipe from her sister-in-law in Thrissur.

Here's the recipe:

Milk pudding with caramelised cashew

Milk Pudding


For the pudding

For carmelised cashews

For the pineapple base


For the pudding

For the caramelised cashew topping

For the pineapple base

To assemble

Photo courtesy: Joyce Benny Meledath


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Anita Aikara