Last Updated on December 14, 2020 by Chef Mireille
Nimish – Uttar Pradesh Cream Pudding is a simple and luscious cream dessert from the Awadhi cuisine of Uttar Pradesh, located in North India.
Nowadays it’s common knowledge to most that people with Celiac’s disease cannot consume gluten and many other people prefer to eat gluten free diets. Some say it helps with other medical issues. Others just say eating gluten free provides them with more energy and more mood stabilization. There is some debate in this latter group whether there is any truth to it or whether it’s a fad that many have hopped onto.
Whatever the reason, being gluten free in America is pretty easy now. Simply replacing the wheat in grains with rice, oats or quinoa, there is gluten free everything from bread to pasta to pizza to cookies. Many traditional desserts have received a modern gluten free interpretation in things like apple pie, pound cake and everything else you can possibly think of.
Practically every box in the supermarket says gluten free – even things that never had gluten to begin with – like rice pudding and popping corn. In approaching the BM theme this week of Gluten Free Desserts, I decided instead to represent traditional gluten free desserts from different cultures that were always gluten free. Yesterday I took you to Norway for a delicious citrusy rice pudding and today we are going to the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. This dish is from Nawab cuisine. The Nawab’s were the ruling kings of present day Uttar Pradesh in northern India during the Mughal Empire. Their cuisine has roots in Persia and Central Asia.
It is more traditionally garnished with nuts. However, I think it also works great garnished with fresh fruit of blueberries and kiwi, especially if you have nut allergies. This makes such a fresh and fruity dessert – it’s a great summer time treat! Save it your Pinterest board and make it this summer!
It’s so quick and easy – perfect for summer when you don’t want to be spending a lot of time in the kitchen.
This Nimish was the perfect way to end the meal of my Uttar Pradesh thali. Don’t forget to check out the other recipes of this thali!
Uttar Pradesh Thali
- Tahiri – Vegetable Pulao
- Sookhi Tadka Dal – Garlic Urad Dal
- Makhani Paratha – Butter Paratha
- Lucknowi Chicken Curry
- Matar Ka Nimona aur Mangodi – Mung Bean Dumplings in Green Pea Soup
Nimish – Uttar Pradesh Cream Pudding
- 1 large pinch of saffron
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 ¼ cups heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon rose water
- 1 tablespoon chopped almonds and/or pistacchios garnish
- Heat the milk and add saffron. Leave for 10 minutes until the color infuses the milk.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the heavy cream until whipped cream consistency.
- Using a rubber spatula, fold in the saffron milk, rose water and sugar into the whipped cream.
- Pour into 4 individual ramekins and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours.
- To serve, garnish with chopped nuts and/or fruit.
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Awesome find Mir, I am reading about this for the first time and I enjoyed the intro much..Imagine writing gluten free on a dish that is already gluten free..lol
Only in America ?
Even that gluten free mania is slowly attacking European countries as well. i can see many desserts, breads and pies as gluten free nowadays. Cream pudding looks absolutely luscious and highly irresistible.
thanks – yes – now even pizza shops have gluten free versions
I didn’t know that this pudding was so easy to make. I’ve heard of Nimish but till now have not bothered to check out the recipe. Thanks for sharing.
That is an awesome find, Mir. very sinful and decadent.
What you mentioned about celiac disease is true as I keep hearing from my friends who have suddenly been diagnosed with celiac disease. I read from multiple sources that gluten is a cause for many modern day ailments and I am sure there is a great truth hidden there and should be cautious in including gluten in our diet. Enjoyed the gluten free series..
thanks yes there are so many delicious gluten free desserts, whether you must be gluten free or not
That is such a creamy pudding! When I saw Uttar Pradesh (UP), I expected a rice pudding as you mentioned somewhere you want to rice puddings from various countries. Nimish is indeed a good find from UP!
thanks yes – creamy pudding with rice or not is still a treat!
I have never heard of this before and I lived in UP for a good 10 years or so. What a treat this is and so simple to make.
it’s a very flavorful pulao – You should definitely try it
Nimsih is on my to-do list since forever and your post reminds me to make it soon. It looks so rich and creamy.
yes it is decadently rich yet so simple to make
Its a dinner time now and your thali is making me hungry. Nimish is a must try dish…so creamy and delightful
yes so simple yet decadent and rich
Wow, that is a rich dessert, looks very pretty ! Such a beautiful texture, love your idea of topping it with fresh fruits!!!
yes due to my nut allergies, I prefer fruit to nuts
Great job Mir, I love your passion trying Indian recipes. Love seeing Nimish here. Very well presented.
thanks – yes I use my love of culture to explore recipes around the world
Your desserts are tempting me too much and this Nimish is no exception. Seems to be simple and looks creamy. Would love to try by replacing sugar with Stevia.
its so quick and simple – perfect for summer