Puding Raja ("Royal Pudding") is a traditional Pahang Malay dish taken as an appetizer or dessert and is easy to make. This particular pudding was a specialty from the region of Pekan, Pahang. The basic ingredients are pisang lemak manis (bananas from the area), prune, cherries and cashew nuts. Jala mas (golden threads) which were made from egg yolks were then put on top to dress it up. The sauce is usually served cold to finish.
In the state of Pahang, this popular delicacy (sometimes also known as "Puding DiRaja") can be found in some restaurants and food-stalls in the royal town of Pekan.
A favourite appetizer or dessert taken by local folks with their evening tea, this calory-filled cuisine is also normally served during traditional Malay weddings and festivals.
Puding Raja is not so much a pudding as a simple dish of bananas with a sauce or gravy of made from milk and corn flour.
"Pisang lemak manis", which is a sweet and rather small type of local banana is usually used as the main ingredient, although other banana varieties are also used.
To add variety and to give a sweeter taste to the dish, other fruits like prunes, cherries and sometimes dates, are also added. A special sweet noodle-like traditional Malay delicacy called "jala emas" is also (when available) sometimes added on the bananas.
As mentioned, Puding Raja is quite easy and fast to make, and takes about 10 – 15 minutes to be ready for serving as special afternoon tea accompaniments for the husband or family, especially during the week-ends.
5 – 10 pieces of (not too ripe) bananas (pisang lemak manis preferable)
5 or more pieces of prunes
5 or more pieces of red cherries
SAUCE (Gravy) INGREDIENTS
1 litre of milk
2 tablespoons of condensed milk
1 teaspoon corn flour
1 egg (beaten softly)
125 ml water
1. Fry the bananas in cooking oil (just a short while in low heat) until they turn a little dark yellowish (not fried). Then take them out and put aside on a plate. If available, spread the "jala mas" on top of the bananas.
2. The sauce or gravy ingredients are blended and mixed together and then boiled in a pot. Stir them well while cooking until the sauce becomes a little thick.
1. Let the sauce or gravy cool before pouring them on the bananas and other fruits. Ready to serve.
2. Eat as much as you like and add some more!!