Monday, August 27, 2007

Lychee Tapioca Pudding

Lychee Tapioca Pudding

Lychee or Litchi - The fruit with a prickly rough skin and luscious pearly pulp. The aroma of the pulp reminds me of roses or rose essence to be precise. And thanks to Sig, the host of AFAM, I tried my hand on Litchis this month.

I didn't have the heart to juice or puree these beauties which stood with the toughest of tenacity. So I simply blended them in a creamy tapioca pudding.



Recipe:

Litchies - 12
Milk - 1 Cup
Water - 3/4 Cup
Sugar - 2 Tbsp or As per taste
Tapioca Pearls/Sago/Javvarisi - 3 to 4 Tbsp
Cardamom - 1/8 Tsp
Vanilla Extract -1/2 Tsp
Red Food Coloring - 3 drops

Peel and cut the litchies into halves. Soak Sago in about a cup of water for 20 mins. Mix milk with water and bring to a boil. Add sugar and cardamom. Drain the water from the sagos and add next. Simmer on a low heat till sago is cooked. Sago/Tapioca pearls are cooked when they turn transparent. Add food coloring if desired and stir till well blended. Next stir in the litchies and the vanilla extract and cook for 10 more minutes. Garnish with nuts.

Sig very graciously agreed to accept my entry, when I asked her if I can send it in late. Thank you Sig!



And armed with this pudding, I celebrate the two awards which have come to my keeping - the Rocking Girl blogger award from Kribha of En Veetu Samayal and Madhavi of MyVeggieWorld and the Schmooze award from Mallugirl of Malabar Spices.

The goodness passed to me should be passed others too and I pass my awards to my fellow foodies. I pass Rocking Girl blogger award to
Vidya of My Musings,
Seema of Recipe Junction,
Nidhi of Cooking Made Easy,
Revathi of En Ulagam,
Sig of Live To Eat and
Linda of Out of the Garden

And the Schmooze Award to
Sharmi of Neivedyam,
Sandeepa of BongMom's Cookbook,
Anisha of Kovai Samayal and
Coffee of The Spice Cafe.


Check out how to peel a litchi here.
Check out what Tapioca is made from here.

28 comments:

Rajitha said...

how lovely.. beautiful color

Jyothi said...

Wow! pudding is very colorful and looks amazing chandrika. Might be tasty too. Never heard of Lychee and tasted also. Thats why not participating in this event. But yours is tempting to prepare. Will try some time. Thanks for sharing.

TBC said...

What a pretty pic! I bet it tasted great. The lychee pieces almost look like floating ice cubes.

Vidhya Rajesh said...

Congrats on the awards - you more than deserve them !! And Thaaaaaaaaaaaaanks a ton for the award! I am sooo touched!!! It is so nice of you to do soo .... This recipe looks soooo good :) .... i loved the photo as usual....

Mishmash ! said...

You re not only a great cook but takes absolutely beautiful pics too :) the colour makes it even more tempting :)

Shn

Asha said...

Lychee pudding has beautiful color! Looks yum! Great entry Chandrika.Enjoy the awards!:)

Suganya said...

AMAAAAAAZING colour. You should send this photo to next month's DMBLGiT.

Latha said...

That looks delicious Chandrika! I love litchi's! Got to get hold of some fresh lychee's now!

Pooja V said...

Very colorful dessert. Looks Yummmmmmmm.

Sharmi said...

what a pretty color the pudding had got. a very creative recipe. the food colour has given the sago a very nice finish. Congrats on the well deserved award and many thanks for passing it to me. so nice of you. *hugs*

Chandrika said...

Thanks Rajitha..The color is artificial.. :-)

Thanks Jyothi! Sure, give it a try...I too tried Litchis for the first time with this event...They are too good..You will love them!

Chandrika said...

Thanks TBC! Yes, the taste was good..

Thanks Vidhya! You write so well and your posts are so good. U deserve that award..

Chandrika said...

Geez! Thanks a lot Shn...You are toooooo kind...

Thanks much Asha!

Lakshmi said...

Beautifull color and very tempting. Congratulations for those Awards!

Sig said...

WOW! What a beautiful pudding, this was well worth the wait... Thanks Chandrika, for this unique creation.... Congrats on the awards... Thank you so much for passing it on to me... Hugs.

Jyothsna said...

That's a great idea to use sago in the pudding! It's so tempting!

Mandira said...

the color, the texture, the bowl, the picture - they all look delicious. Now can I get pudding please? :)

archana said...

Wow, what an interesting bowl full of color and texture ! Loved it.
Congratulations on your awards

Kribha said...

That's one great colorful pudding. I'm sure it tasted as good as it looks.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi Chandrika....This is looking amazing....different try....

Nags said...

wow! thats one helluva close-up shot! way to go!

bee said...

hey, rocking blogger, that is just beautiful.

Sandeepa said...

Pretty in pink...huh ?

hey I had passed yon an award too, you missed it :)

Thanks for giving me one

Linda said...

Hi Chandrika,

It's so nice to see you back blogging again! Your lychee pudding is just beautiful! I see fresh lychees in the asian market often and never know what to do with them besides shell and eat.
I love the color and simplicity of this -- definitely a must-try!

Also, thank you so much for this lovely blogger award -- yours are well so deserved and I am honored you thought of me! :)

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

great colour..very tempting..
sona

Shella said...

Chandrika

Love the colour of your pudding. Congrats on the awards.

Priyanka said...

The pic is just lovely...btw how does it taste with tapioca?

lala said...

Please make rasmalai. I have been wanting to try that recipe for so long.