A toast to friendship with a Kit Kat – Pina Colada pudding

Published: August 10, 2014
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A healthy concoction of chia seeds, sweet coconut cream, tropical pineapple juice laced with sultry melted chocolate, and chopped Kit Kats. PHOTO: SAADIA TARIQ

“Pyar dosti hai … agar woh meri sab se achi dost nahin ban sakti, tou main uss se kabhi pyar kar hi nahi sakta …

Kyun ki dosti bina tou pyar hota hi nahin… simple, pyar dosti hai”

(Love is friendship. If she can’t become my best friend, then I can’t ever possibly love her.

Because love cannot exist without friendship. It’s simple; love is friendship.)

That was King Khan’s reply to his skimpily dressed literature teacher, Ms Briganza, in the movie Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

“Yeh keh kar Khan Sahib to chal diye aur siyaapa duniya bhar mein daal diya.” 

(After saying this, Khan Sahib went his merry way and left the world in a dilemma)

Shahrukh Khan began a new tradition across the world. Friendships turned into love, love turned into friendship and the dialogue above began being religiously enforced in every relationship – platonic or otherwise.

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, a Bollywood bang, brought a new light to romance, displayed the various shades and strengths of friendship, and converted many to believe in shooting stars and dancing in the rain. It gave birth to innumerable characters like dreamy Rahuls, chirpy Anjalis and sultry Tinas across the world.

It also communicated, to many, that true friendship is always tested, tried and tattered, where hearts are broken, jealousies arise and sacrifices are made. And at times, it is only after big losses that the simple, uncomplicated and clean bonds of an old friendship are revived again. However, if it also means that it takes dancing in figure-hugging chiffon saris in the middle of a huge rainstorm, with Shahrukh Khan, to realise true love… then kuch kuch nahin, bahut kuch hota hai!

Oh and by the way, I must admit that I have also used the punch line from this movie, many a times!

“Kuch kuch hota hai Anjali, tum nahin samjhogee”

(One feels something, Anjali. You won’t understand it)

Talking of friendship, many of my friends thrive on Kit Kat chocolate – a clean, uncomplicated wafer with a thick coating of sweet, milky chocolate. And today’s recipe also features this lovely little devil.

healthy concoction of chia seeds, sweet coconut cream, and tropical pineapple juice laced with sultry melted chocolate, and chopped Kit Kats. Combined together, these bring to you a delicious Pina Colada pudding with Kit Kat chocolate.

Photo: Saadia Tariq

Ingredients for Pina Colada pudding with Kit Kat (serves two):

Chia seeds – 1/4 cup

Coconut cream – 3/4 cup

Pineapple juice (orange or apple juice sits well too) – 1/2 cup

Melted chocolate – 2 ounces (50 grams)

Kit Kat chocolate, roughly chopped – 1 bar (40 grams)

Photo: Saadia Tariq

Method:

1. Combine the chia seeds, coconut cream and pineapple juice into a bowl and stir them well. Put this bowl in the refrigerator for a minimum of two hours.

2. In the meantime, melt the chocolate and chop the Kit Kat and set these aside.

3. Once your pudding is chilled, fill it in serving cups halfway. Then spoon in the melted chocolate and half of your chopped Kit Kat. Now spoon in some more pudding on top of that and add a final dollop of melted chocolate and sprinkle some of the chopped Kit Kat.

Photo: Saadia Tariq

Make your friends’ cups the same way.  Sit together, eat and toast to friendship and timeless Bollywood movies!

Saadia Tariq

Saadia Tariq

The writer is a food consultant, blogger and food photographer. You can see her work on her website www.capturebyst.com, her Facebook page www.facebook.com/capturebyst or follow her on twitter @capturebyst (twitter.com/capturebyst).

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