Caramel Pudding is the easy-to-make pudding , very popular all over India but made especially well by the Parsis, Mangaloreans (both from Western India) and the Anglo-Indians. It can be steamed in a pressure cooker or baked in the oven.
For Caramelized Sugar
- Sugar - 4 tbsp
- Water - 1 tbsp
- Milk - 250 ml
- Large eggs - 3
- Sugar - 4 tbsp
- Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp (optional)
- Unsalted butter - for greasing
- Combine the sugar and water into a pot and place it on medium flame.Stir the mixture continuously till the sugar completely caramelizes and changes its colour to dark golden in colour.
- You can see big bubbles,when sugar starts to caramelize, to avoid those bubbles you can add few drops of water.
- Grease the small bowl with the unsalted butter and then pour about 1 tsp of caramalized sugar into each bowl.Keep it aside.
- Whisk all the eggs in one bowl.Keep it aside.
- Combine milk and sugar in another pot and place on the low flame only to dissolves sugar completely in milk.
- Then mix in the milk mixture into egg mixture.Add vanilla essence and mix everything well.
- Strain the mixture to avoid any egg white strands.
- Pour the mixture into greased bowl with the caramelized sugar at the bottom of the bowl.
- Seal all the bowls with the aluminium foil.
- Steam the pudding bowls on low -medium flame for about 20 minutes. I steamed them in the simple non stick pan with the water in it.You can also steam them in the pressure cooker without the whistle.
- When done, unseal the bowls and allow the pudding to cool down.
- Refrigerate the pudding bowls for about 4 to 5 hours.
- When the pudding is set, take it out of the refrigerator, using the knife loosen the edges of the pudding and turn over on to the plate.
- Caramel pudding is ready to serve.
- When caramelized sugar is cooked, at that instant pour the caramelized mixture into the bowls or ramekins. Because there are chances of the caramelized sugar to get harden.
- Unsalted butter prevents the sticking of the pudding to the bowls.
- Do not the steam the pudding on high flame, this may leave the pudding uncooked.