Here’s a dessert that I’ve made dozens of times and it has always brought rave reviews. Thanks to my aunt Uma for the recipe. Super easy to whip together, Mango Pudding can be made a day or two ahead, and will keep refrigerated for a couple days if covered tightly. This is a great dish to take for pot-luck meals as it travels well; no sloshing and spilling on your party outfit :)).
(Makes 35 1/3-cup servings; approx 12 cups total)
- 3 cups water
- 3 packets unflavored gelatin
- 8 oz plain cream cheese (softened)
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 (30 oz) mango pulp can – [available at most Indian grocers]
- 8 oz Cool Whip (thawed)
- saffron, cardamom powder, almonds/pistachio to garnish (optional)
1) Boil 3 cups water on the stove and stir well to completely dissolve 3 packets gelatin in it. Cool till luke warm – about 10 minutes.
2) Meanwhile, in a large round bowl (at least 4 quart/4 liter capacity), add the cream cheese and beat with a hand blender till smooth.
(Yes, I know the photo shows cream cheese & sugar together. You could do that too :).)
3) Add the sugar and blend with the cream cheese till light and fluffy, and well incorporated.
4) Add the mango pulp and CoolWhip – a little at a time – and beat well till no lumps remain. Scrape down the sides if necessary and mix well with the sugar-cheese mixture.
5) Now slowly add the cooled gelatin in batches and make sure to thoroughly mix it with the rest of the ingredients. This step is important for the entire dish to set.
6) Pour into a 3-quart serving dish or into individual serving cups and chill till set, at least 6 hours or overnight.
7) Garnish with more Cool Whip, chopped nuts or saffron before serving.
TIPS: Do not use hot gelatin water as the rest of the ingredients will change consistency. Make sure to add a little pulp at a time while beating or else the cream cheese will ‘ball’ and leave lumps. Mix the gelatin well with the rest of the ingredients for consistent consistency. If bubbles form while transferring into a serving dish, they will set and look weird (in my opinion – but then, I’m finicky like that!) Pour gently or spoon the mixture into your serving dish and shake out the bubbles if you see them. Garnish only after the pudding has set.
While this looks like a lot of steps, it is surprisingly easy to make and is totally worth the effort. Hope you enjoy this pudding, and leave some feedback on how it turns out.