Friday, February 26, 2010

Light and Creamy Apple Kheer, Queen of Puddings!

Ok, so maybe it's not the Queen of Puddings, but it sounded really good to me. Especially since I cooked it yesterday while waiting for the new Queen of the Ice Yu-Nah Kim to win Olympic gold.

I must confess, I love watching the Winter Olympics. The Summer Games aren't as interesting to me, mainly because I have actually participated in winter sports. Believe it or not, I started out as a figure skater. My mother was on the figure skating team at school and she first put me on skates when I was about 5 years old.  She sent me to Harris Legg and amazingly, poor little unathletic me took to the sport. While the other kids were sliding around on their butts,  I, Miss- Last- One- Picked- For- Every- Team, was gliding along doing pirouettes. It was the only sport I have ever shown an aptitude for (ask me about tennis sometime, go ahead ask me!) and I loved it. There is no "last one picked" for figure skating. There are no balls to bounce off one's head; there is just the cold unforgiving ice. When I was in my late teens I started downhill skiing and also did pretty well with that. Then just as suddenly as I started, I stopped. No more skating, no more skiing. I started running and writing and cooking. But even though the closest I've been to ice since then has been my fridge, I still have a weakness for all the winter sports. It's the one Olympics that actually makes me feel like an athlete!
  Naturally I've been waiting the last week and a half for the ladies figure skating finals. I wanted to plop down in front of the TV and just enjoy. Of course while enjoying I had to have a treat.
  I wanted something light, airy, but with a twist. I wanted  the triple lutz triple toe loop of desserts.  I also wanted to work with what I had in the house, lazy slug that I am.
  I had milk, I had apples and a whole lot of Indian spices.  I decided to make a Kashmiri Apple Pudding, better known as Apple Kheer.
  There are a lot of recipes for this dish out there. Most of them basically the same with a few slight alterations according to ones' taste, and in my case, what happened to  be on hand.
I started out with 2 lbs of apples. Granny smith apples to be exact. they're a crisp semi- tart green apple which cook up great . Peeled, core and dice the apples and put them in a kadhai or pot with:
1.) 1 cup of sugar
2.) 2 cups of water
3.) 1 two inch piece of cinnamon stick
  Put the apples on a medium heat and simmer them for about 10 minutes or until they're just this side of soft. They shouldn't be too mushy,  they should still maintain their shape.

 In a separate clay pot or other deep vessel put
4.) 6 cups of whole milk
  Bring the milk to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer well for about 1 hour. Check in every now and again and give it a nice stir with a wooden spoon. In an hour, the milk will have reduced down to about 2 cups.

  In a separate bowl soak 1 tsp of toasted crumbled saffron in 2 Tbs of warm  milk.
  Add this mixture to the clay pot of boiled down milk along with
5.) 1/2 cup of sugar
6.) 1 tsp of ground cardamom

  Stir it all well. Add in the apple mixture and keep stirring till it's warmed through.
  Take the pudding off the fire and add in
7.) 1 tsp of rose water
   Give it another good stir then
   Transfer the pudding to a metal bowl and chill it in the fridge for several hours.
  I served it with a few mint leaves  and a bit of sirkhand flavored with saffron and sugar. I should have also sprinkled some chopped fresh pistachios on top but the skaters were coming on and I also forgot. I bet it would have been good though. Oh well, maybe next time.


  1. What a lovely story and recipe Kathy. Loved figure skating when I was young. The difference in our pantries is immense, almost comical to think about. I don't know too many things about Indian food; the more I read your posts the more I want to try it. Happy Friday!

  2. The apple kheer looks awesome. I wouldn't mind having all the three ramekins to myself. Thanks you very much! I love winter olympics too. Kim is my favorite ice-skater. She looks gorgeous, doesn't she?

  3. So what about tennis? now I want to know! I am attracted with anything that has a pudding name, maybe because it's something I never do, but do like to eat. Lovely recipe! Even with cinnamon, I am sure I'll love it. Not really been following the Olympics, I have watched the beginning but lost track of who won what.

  4. I never had the ankle strength for ice skates or anybody to teach me but always wished I could skate especially if I could wear those beautiful costumes! Now one of those outfits wouldn't fit over my left thigh...sigh. Love this simple pudding recipe, Kathy.

  5. FIgure skating is my favorite thing to watch out of everything. I am terrible at it though, only been on the ice once my whole life and it was a disaster. maybe it's because my mom told me "not to fall" 900 times and I was too scared! haha. i love your simple pudding. I try not to buy packaged pudding anymore because it is so fake and processed. thanks for sharing!

  6. My daughter loves watching the figure skating its her favorite sport!
    This dessert sounds wonderful Kathy! I love the way it sounds! I'm saving it to my favorites and will try it soon!

  7. Ha, I am OBSESSED with Olympic figure skating too. Went to a Korean grocery store today and grabbed copies of Korean-language newspapers with Kim Yu-Na on the cover even though I can't read a word. I think your lovely dessert is light and elegant as a perfect triple toe loop.

  8. I am enjoying the Winter Olympics as well. And thanks for the little history of yourself.

  9. Oh the olympics are wonderful...great post..yummy recipe!!


  10. wow it looks delish.......wat attracted me the most was a hollywood screenwriter in a bollywood kitchen......i think u r doing a great job.



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