Fruit and Nut Couscous Paneer Pudding with Chocolate

// This Fruit and Nut Couscous Paneer Pudding is rich, creamy with a classic texture. It has similarity to Indian rice pudding, aka Kheer. Serve as dessert.



Creamy Fruit and Nut Couscous Paneer Pudding with Chocolate is rich, creamy with a classic texture. This pudding has some similarity to Indian rice pudding, aka ‘Kheer’, but this recipe is with some new ingredients.

It is perfectly sweet, and very delicately flavored with cardamom, saffron and rosewater. And at the end, it is finally topped with coconut shavings, raisins, almonds, cardamom, chopped mangoes, grapes and dark chocolate. This is what I call a feeling of true heaven in a glass.

Uuuummmm, this flavoring is indeed very good for any pudding on planet Earth.

Happy first Friday of August, guys!

three glasses of creamy fruit and nut couscous paneer pudding with chocolate toppings on them

Today I am here with a Friday fiesta for you all!

How about we say, “it’s a Pudding Friday”? How does that sound to you? Pretty cool, isn’t it? 🙂

Well, for me it’s a pudding Friday, because I am going to eat lots and lots of pudding which I made yesterday.

Yes, I made some gorgeous, delicious, droolicious pudding for my family last night.

It’s very exciting. ‘Hip Hip Hooray’ to that!

If you ask me about this ‘Creamy Fruit And Nut Couscous Paneer Pudding with Chocolate’, I will probably say “I don’t have enough words to describe that heavenly feeling to have my mouthful with this divine dessert”.

Oh, just thinking about it melting on my tongue makes my heart dance.

And what about the taste, there aren’t any words who can do justice to this pudding. Really, this pudding is so damn delicious. Plus, this is a versatile pudding.

a bowl of creamy fruit and nut couscous paneer pudding with chocolate on a table

This is because this pudding can be eaten at any time of the year for any meal. Let me tell ya.

You can have this for breakfast.

You can have this for dessert.

You can have this for brunch.

You can have it for late night snack.

If you are having this pudding on a warm day you can have it chilled.

If you want to have it in on a cooler day, you can have it warm.

And If you want to have this pudding on a cold day in winter, simply have it hot right off the stove. Really, piping hot. But be careful, not to burn your mouth or tongue in a hurry. 😉

Did you see, how this versatile pudding works wonderfully well for every meal on any day of the year?

a glass of creamy fruit and nut couscous paneer pudding with chocolate

And there are plenty of other reasons why people tell this pudding can be eaten ANYTIME.

So tell me, what idea comes to your mind when you get some milk, couscous, paneer, and chocolate?

Umm for me, I eat up all of my chocolate. Actually, in this case, I ate up almost ¾th of my chocolate and kept the rest for pudding topping! 😉

I make pudding with the remaining ingredients. This is what I usually do with these ingredients! If you read my posts, then you already know that chocolate is my weakness. So I HAVE to eat it up.

If you like paneer dishes, then you would also like to check out these amazing recipes: paneer khurchan, Palak Paneer, Paneer Korma, Paneer Do Pyaza, Paneer Jalfrezi, and Paneer Lababdar.

three glasses of couscous paneer pudding with fruit and nuts on the table

But at least this time I disciplined myself and saved some chocolate for the topping of this pudding. Ufff! That was really hard for me though. But I did it.

See, that’s magnanimous of me that I left 1/4th of the chocolate for the pudding! 😉

What motivated me to keep some chocolate?

I thought if I add chocolate to the pudding, it would look very pretty and delicious.

a creamy fruit and nut couscous paneer pudding with chocolate with a spoonful of pudding on it

And addition of the chocolate to this light pudding would convert it into a superior dessert.

Do you want to eat a dessert for breakfast and not feel guilty about it?

Here is the solution. This Creamy Fruit And Nut Couscous Paneer Pudding with Chocolate is a perfect guilt free dessert.

And sometimes we all love to eat a guilt free dessert, ain’t’ we?

OMG! Eating a dessert for any meal is kinda fun.

three small cups of creamy fruit and nut couscous paneer pudding with chocolate

I am very sure that most of you will be familiar with rice pudding. This pudding has some similarity to Indian rice pudding, aka ‘Kheer’, but this recipe is with some new ingredients. Basically, it has many new ingredients, and has a slightly different flavoring. That’s why the overall outcome is healthy and delicious.

Let me give you a real life example of how how good this is. Take Ado for instance; she just loves this pudding. According to her, this has everything she loves.

a cup of fruit and nut couscous paneer pudding with a spoon
  1. It’s a pudding.

  2. It’s sweet.

  3. It has lots of nuts.

  4. It has her favourite fruits.

  5. It’s chilled.

Wow! Even for a 3-year old, this dish has so much to love. 🙂 SO it passed the test of the little rice pudding lover, and she did even call it ‘Kheel’, instead of ‘Kheer’. So, ‘Kheel’ it is. 😉

a bowl of fruit and nut couscous paneer pudding with chocolate

This pudding tastes great and since it does not contain any rice, this is lower in calories. Now, who wouldn’t want that.

Plus, there is couscous and there is paneer. And anything that involves some panner is always a winner. I know, I know, it’s that we all love paneer. I got you there. 🙂

Let me tell you some amazing features of this pudding.

a creamy fruit and nut couscous paneer pudding with chocolate with fruit and nuts in it and a carton of milk

This pudding is rich, creamy with a classic texture. It is perfectly sweet, and very delicately flavored with cardamom, saffron and rosewater. Uuuummmm, this flavoring is indeed very good for any pudding on planet Earth.

And at the end, it is finally topped with coconut shavings, raisins, almonds, cardamom, chopped mangoes, grapes and dark chocolate. OH my god! This is what I call a feeling of true heaven in a glass.

a bowl of fruit and nut couscous paneer pudding on a table

So collectively, this gently spiced, rose-scented couscous paneer pudding is so creamy that you’d never suspect it’s made with semi-skimmed milk. Whoa! I just spilled the secret 😉

Wow! That’s interesting!

I think I need to rename this dish to: “A dessert so healthy and delicious which you can eat for breakfast, brunch or snack!” 😉

Seriously. So healthfully delicious!

More delicious milk based desserts you might want to check out are: Chocolate Coated Badam Roll, Malai Ladoo, Instant Mawa Modak, Motichoor Kheer, Chocolate Burfi, Instant Mango Shrikhand, Vermicelli Fruit Custard, fruit rabri, Best Kesar Pista Ice Cream, Fruit Cream, and Fruit Skewers.

three bowls of fruit and nut couscous paneer pudding on a table

Why I chose to make couscous pudding?

Well, I was trying to make something healthy and delish. And we can’t deny the health benefits of couscous. This is a healthy grain which is packed with vitamins and minerals to support good health and nutrition. Plus, it also tastes great.

That’s why I simply opted for this as the main ingredient for my pudding. The final word on this pudding — this pudding is just TOOTHSOME.

Let’s learn to make Creamy Fruit And Nut Couscous Paneer Pudding with Chocolate!

three pictures of a pan with milk and a fork in it

Wash couscous and soak in 2 cups of water for 10 minutes. Drain excess water from couscous and set aside.

Heat milk in a heavy bottomed pan and bring it to a boil. Add couscous and boil on a medium-low heat till the couscous is soft.

four different pictures of a pan with different types of food

Add crumbled panner and cooke for about 7-8 minutes. Grind the Saffron with 1 tbsp of milk and add it to the Milk, and let it boil for 7-8 minutes. Keep stirring the pan and make sure it does not stick to the bottom. Add sugar, cardamom and cook on low heat for 6-8 minutes.

Add raisins, almonds and cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to cool a little. Drizzle rose water and mix well.

Cover and place in the fridge for about 4 hours or overnight. The next morning, pour the pudding into 4 bowls or glasses. Top with chopped mangos, grapes, coconut shavings, crushed cardamom, almonds, raisins, and dark chocolate. Drizzle few drops of rosewater, if desired.

Serve chilled or warm.

a glass of couscous pudding and a box of milk on a table

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Fruit and Nut Couscous Paneer Pudding with Chocolate [Recipe]

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This Fruit and Nut Couscous Paneer Pudding is rich, creamy with a classic texture. It has similarity to Indian rice pudding, aka Kheer. Serve as dessert.
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(Rating: 5 from 47 reviews)

Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time 🕐
1 hours 40 mins
Category ☶ Cuisine ♨ Serves ☺
Desserts International 4
Nutrition Info ⊛ Serving size ⊚
258 calories 1 serving

INGREDIENTS

For Pudding //
  • couscous - 1 cup
  • crumbled paneer - ½ cup
  • sugar - ¾ cup or as per taste
  • Semi skimmed milk - 1l
  • cardamom, crushed - 1 tsp
  • saffron - 7-8 strands
  • raisin - 4 tbsp
  • almonds, chopped - 4 tbsp
For Toppings //
  • mango, chopped - ¼th
  • raisins - 1 tbsp
  • chopped almonds - 4 tbsp
  • grapes - ¼ cup
  • coconut shavings - 4 tbsp
  • dark chocolate, roughly chopped - about 50 gms
  • rosewater (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Making Fruit and Nut Couscous Paneer Pudding //
  1. Wash couscous and soak in 2 cups of water for 10 minutes. Drain excess water from couscous and set aside.
  2. Heat milk in a heavy bottomed pan and bring it to a boil.
  3. Add couscous and boil on a medium-low heat till the couscous is soft.
  4. Add crumbled paneer and cook for about 7-8 minutes.
  5. Grind the Saffron with 1 tbsp of milk and add it to the Milk, and let it boil for 7-8 minutes.
  6. Keep stirring the pan and make sure it does not stick to the bottom.
  7. Add sugar, cardamom and cook on low heat for 6-8 minutes.
  8. Add raisins, almonds and cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes.
  9. Remove from heat, allow to cool a little. Drizzle rose water and mix well.
  10. Cover and place in the fridge for about 4 hours or overnight.
For Serving //
  1. Pour the pudding into 4 bowls or glasses.
  2. Top with chopped mangos, grapes, coconut shavings, crushed cardamom, almonds, raisins, and dark chocolate. Drizzle few drops of rosewater, if desired.
  3. Serve chilled or warm.

NOTES:

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