Thursday, September 4, 2014

Harina de Maiz/Dominican Cornmeal Pudding ~~ Dominican Cuisine

 The Dominican Republic is a nation on the island of Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region. The western three-eighths of the island is occupied by the nation of Haiti, making Hispaniola one of two Caribbean islands, along with Saint Martin, that are shared by two countries. Both by area and population, the Dominican Republic is the second largest Caribbean nation after Cuba with the Santo Domingo as capital city.Dominican Republic cuisine is predominantly made up of a combination of Spanish, indigenous Taíno, and African influences, the first and last occurring over the last five centuries. Dominican cuisine resembles very much like other countries in Latin America, those of the nearby islands of Puerto Rico and Cuba, most of all, though the dish names differ sometimes.Breakfast can consist of eggs or meat and mangú which is mashed plantain. A heartier version uses deep-fried meat, such as Dominican salami. As in Spain, the largest, most important meal of the day is lunch. Its most typical form, nicknamed La Bandera  which meansThe Flag, consists of rice, red beans, meat like beef, chicken, pork, or fish, and salad. A typical Dominican food consists of the grains, especially rice, corn (native to the island) and wheat,vegetables, such as beans and other legumes, potatoes, yuca, or plantains, and salad; dairy products, especially milk and cheese; and fruits, such as oranges, bananas, and mangoes. However, there is heaviest consumption of starches and meats, and least of dairy products and non-starchy vegetables.The favourite dishes includes Chimichurries, ripe plantains, empanadas, chicharron, batata and tostones.



I got this beautiful cornmeal pudding from Dominican Cooking, the simplicity of this pudding attracted me immediately. Finally few days back i prepared this delicious coconutmilk rich cornmeal pudding for our dessert and we loved it to the core. This simple pudding prepared with cornmeal makes an excellent dessert after a heavy meal, you can have this pudding both hot or warm. But when chilled we didnt like it much, however its adviced to serve this aromatic pudding warm or hot.Served as dessert or for breakfast, this cornmeal pudding is definitely a comforting food and the most favourite for everyone.



1cup Cornmeal
6cups Milk
2cups Coconut milk
1cup Sugar
1/2tsp Salt
4nos Cinnamon sticks
1/2tbsp Cloves
A pinch Nutmeg
Take the cornmeal,milk,coconut milk, sugar, salt, cinnamon sticks and cloves in a vessel, let it sit for 10minutes.

Cook on medium flame, stir constantly to avoid the sticking.

Once its starts boiling put the flame to low, cook for few more minutes.

Remove from heat and pour in serving dishes.

Sprinkle the nutmeg.

Serve hot or warm at room temperature.


33 comments:

Anupa Joseph (Palaharam) said... Reply To This Comment

This is such a melt in the mouth kind of dessert....ufff my mouth is so flooded right now...too good

Manjula Bharath said... Reply To This Comment

wow cornmeal pudding simply looks out of the world :) making me drool here :) Looks yummy aks !! pass me one bowl

Usha Rao said... Reply To This Comment

I haven't tasted the cornmeal pudding but love the fresh corn pudding. Assuming even this tastes as good as the fresh corn pudding. Yummy!

Varadas Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Looks so appetizing and sounds so simple. Must try it

vaishali sabnani said... Reply To This Comment

It is a fusion of Indian phirni and bhutte ki khees....looks very good and inviting.

Chef Mireille said... Reply To This Comment

we eat this for breakfast throughout the caribbean and it is one of my fave breakfast porridge

Nammi said... Reply To This Comment

yumm looks delicious, never had a pudding like this before

Ramya Venkateswaran said... Reply To This Comment

corn pudding looks delicious and this is definitely a melt in mouth one

Suma Gandlur said... Reply To This Comment

The cornmeal - coconut combination sounds yummy and awesome presentation.

RevA Naggea said... Reply To This Comment

Priyaaaaa! That pudding looks amazingly creamy! I'm doing this today! However, I am not a big fan of coconut milk, do you think I could switch to regular milk??

The Pumpkin Farm said... Reply To This Comment

i wanted to make it but could not...as i did not find the right ingredients...this one looks beautiful and serene

Kalpana Sareesh said... Reply To This Comment

tis jus looks so fab aks.. yummy

Sona S said... Reply To This Comment

This pudding sounds delicious!!!

Resna Nishad said... Reply To This Comment

I heard so many unknown food recipes from your space...I am very happy that I am a follower of you...this looks so good..

Priya Suresh said... Reply To This Comment

@RevA NaggeaYea you can switch to regular milk, but you will miss the exotic touch..But however the spices added in this pudding will take care of the flavors..

Rafeeda AR said... Reply To This Comment

wow... this sounds so good... I can imagine the taste...

Veena Theagarajan said... Reply To This Comment

so creamy and tasty! love the texture.. I hv tasted this in Brazil loved it

Padma Rekha said... Reply To This Comment

Rich and creamy pudding nice one..

Srivalli said... Reply To This Comment

Priya, that's such an interesting dish to dig in..do send it for the breakfast event pls..

Kaveri Venkatesh said... Reply To This Comment

Very delicious and yummy looking pudding

prethika skm said... Reply To This Comment

wow looks so good ...cornmeal pudding will delight all for sure

fimère .b said... Reply To This Comment

un pur régal
bonne journée

kitchen flavours said... Reply To This Comment

This is a lovely dessert! Looks delicious!

Pavani N said... Reply To This Comment

That is such a flavorful pudding. I made a dish from DR too :-)

Harini-Jaya R said... Reply To This Comment

Wow! I like the idea of using cornmeal in this breakfast drink. I tried a different version using oatmeal!

Sangeetha Priya said... Reply To This Comment

Delicious sweet pudding, love it!!!

Sapana Behl said... Reply To This Comment

Cornmeal pudding looks inviting !

Padmajha PJ said... Reply To This Comment

Looks so good Priya...

Nagashree said... Reply To This Comment

Cornmeal & coconut, sounds delicious!

Priya Srinivasan said... Reply To This Comment

That must be one flavorful pudding priya!!! Coconut milk definitely adds a great taste to the dish!! :)

Archana Potdar said... Reply To This Comment

Wow pudding looks delicious and flavourful. The coconut milk must have it so very delicious.

Gayathri Kumar said... Reply To This Comment

Looks more like our rava payasam. Delicious..

Sreevalli E said... Reply To This Comment

Delicious looking pudding..