Cooked pineapple, custard, cream, condensed milk and praline make my eggless pineapple pudding absolutely irresistible!
This eggless pineapple pudding reminds me of my friends and myself on a ladies day out. A little sweet, a little tangy, easy on the eyes, and so much fun! (Alright, we may not be on the same page about the easy on the eyes part; let’s just agree to disagree). If you are a woman my age, you must agree that an outing with your girlfriends is like having biryani after a month of daal chawal. It is the most fun you could cram into your everyday routine of work@office, work@home and keeping everyone else but yourself happy.
The most important precursor to a ladies day out is a visit to the beauty salon. Because girls, especially the married ones are all about looking their best when there are other girls around. (I hope I didn’t hurt your ego there, gentlemen). So, waxing, threading, hair cut, nail art and makeup tips on making the nose look slimmer and the cheekbones look higher are in order.
Just as important is shopping for new clothes. The ladies, after days and days of discussion, decide on a dress code, most probably something short, figure hugging and totally age inappropriate. Since these clothes are to be worn only once (the women are fully covered Indian mahilas otherwise), the costs at a regular shop cannot be justified. So, Jabong, Myntra and Limeroad it is!
Next on the list is deciding on a place to meet. Do we meet at
~ A mall? On the plus side, we can shop, eat, try on make up and jewelry, ogle other girl groups, and shop some more. But most women are bored of the same old crowded Bangalore malls. Some even feel traumatized by memories of disastrous family outings with cranky kids.
~ A pub where we can dance to our hearts content? But again, most good Bharatiya mahilas can’t stand drunk men, and a late night is tough on the kids waiting at home, and even worse, provides gossip fodder for the MILS and well meaning neighbors.
~ Make it a day in and meet at someone’s home, preferably a place where the husband has gone onsite, or the family is willing to step out for a few hours so the ladies can let their hair loose and go wild? This is my personal favourite, since there are no inhibitions and restrictions at home. We can order take out or cook something exotic; dress up as we please, assure each other that the tummy isn’t as big as we imagine it to be and end up feeling a bit like Angelina Jolie; dance, bi*** and gossip; take selfies in the craziest poses possible and make everyone promise that no one will share them on FB; booze and laugh or cry uncontrollably (not part of the agenda for the_ achchi bharatiya naaris_); and have the time of our lives! And once we are done, get back into our boring salwar kameez and go back home as if it were just another day at work, because what happens at (somebody else’s) home remains at(somebody else’s)home.
Once you eat the pineapple pudding, you’ll know why I compared it to a ladies day out!
- Cook the pineapple with a tablespoon of sugar in a non stick pan, till the water released from pineapple has evaporated completely. Keep aside.
- Pour water into a small container. Sprinkle the gelatin over the surface of water and let it stand for 5 to 10 minutes. The gelatin powder will plump up as shown below.
- Stir the custard powder in two tablespoons of cold milk till there are no lumps.
- Add 4 tablespoons of sugar to the remaining milk and bring to boil. Reduce heat and add the custard powder and milk mixture to the boiling milk while stirring continuously. Continue stirring for a couple of minutes, and then turn off heat.
- Boil some water in a pot or pan. Partially immerse the container with gelatin into hot water. Stir the gelatin till it is completely dissolved. Pour this dissolved gelatin into the custard while stirring the custard continuously.
- Stir in condensed milk, cream and cooked pineapple into the custard.
- Pour the pudding into a pudding dish or individual serving bowls. Refrigerate.
- Spread oil over clean countertop. For praline, heat water and sugar in a pan, till sugar melts and turns golden brown. Add nuts and take off heat. Pour it over countertop, and let it cool till hard. Break off pieces, or crush, and place it over the pudding. Decorate with cherries and enjoy.