I had never even heard of Indian pudding before, much less tasted it, when I received an email requesting that I come up with a more “figure-friendly” version. Since the request came with the original recipe, I made a small batch, so that I could determine what the new recipe was supposed to taste like. And oh my goodness – is this stuff GOOD!!! I was hooked after my very first taste!! This sweet and spicy dessert has a creamy texture and a warm comforting flavor that is truly amazing.

So after a few weeks of effort – I think that I finally got it just right. As a matter of fact, after the new recipe was done, people couldn’t pick which dish was the original and which dish was the “healthy” one (SUCCESS!!)

This recipe makes 4 servings – but I found them to be rather large, so you may actually wind up with 6. Also, at 240 calories calories a serving, you may not think of this as the most healthy recipe – but when you take into account that the original version had almost 720 calories a serving – it’s quite a drastic reduction.

3 cups skim milk

1/3 cup yellow cornmeal

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup molasses

2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger (or 1/2 teaspoon dried, ground ginger)

2 tablespoons unsalted butter (I forgot to add the butter the second time that I made this dish, and it still came out perfect – It adds a touch of “creaminess”, but feel free to omit it if you choose)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/3 cup raisins

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees, and lightly spray a glass or ceramic baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Place the milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the cornmeal and salt and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently, then whisk in the molasses, ginger, butter and raisins and stir until everything is combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake for about 2 hours, until pudding develops a thin crust. Can be served warm or cold, but it is especially delicious served warm topped with a little low fat vanilla ice cream.

Makes 4 (generous) servings. Per serving: 238 calories, 3.5 g total fat, less than 1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 42 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 6 g added sugar (naturally occurring in the molasses), 7.5 g protein, 290 mg sodium, 15 mg cholesterol

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