cardamom turmeric chia seed pudding


Nik Sharma

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cardamom turmeric chia seed pudding

How much chia pudding can I eat? Clearly, as last week would indicate, a whole lot. Let’s just say this pudding was made twice, once to test and the second time to confirm. I’ll be honest, I love, love , love chia for its texture in liquids, however, the health benefits are always the last thing on my mind when I gorge on chia puddings. I’m simply just thinking about my spoon being full! 
turmeric chia seeds
Cardamom and rose water are probably one of the two most common ingredients used in Indian desserts and I have a particular fondness for both since they remind me of all my favorite childhood desserts. Chia too, occupies a special place in my food memories as it is commonly used in an Indian rose flavored milk drink called falooda. This particular chia pudding recipe combines all of those delicious flavors that I love with a hint of turmeric. There are two ways to gorge eat this pudding, raw or boiled turmeric, either way it is delicious and soothing and comforting. You can eat this for breakfast or serve it as a light chilled dessert after a heavy meal, just make sure the spoon is large enough to scoop a big bite, every time. 
cardamom and turmeric chia seed pudding
I love spending a few minutes of my day reading other food blogs and sites, these people inspire and teach me and also make me very hungry. Here are some of my favorite recent reads that I wanted to share with you; 
  • Izzy from Top with Cinnamon shared this amazing Coconut Milk Ice Cream that’s adorned with a beautiful green pistachio crumble.
  • I recently discovered Sini of My Blue and White Kitchen where she shared a Pulla/Swedish Cardamom-Spiced Sweet Bun recipe. She put cardamom in it so don’t think I need to explain why I love this so much.
  • Phi of Princess Tofu made this spectacular Wild Onion and Stinging Nettle Soup, she also taught me a wonderful new hashtag for artichokes.
vegan cardamom turmeric chia seed pudding
cardamom turmeric chia seed pudding

yields: 4 servings


1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 cup water (optional, see Note in step1)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 teaspoon green cardamom, freshly ground
3 tablespoons sugar (adjust as desired)
4 cups almond milk, unsweetened
1 tablespoon rose water

1. Mix the turmeric and water in a small saucepan and heat on a medium-low flame for 2 minutes or until the water begins to just boil. Remove from stove and allow to cool. OR 
Note: You can also make the raw version of this pudding by skipping the heating step completely. Mix the turmeric in water and then proceed to step 2.
2. In a large mixing bowl, lightly whisk the turmeric water and the rest of the ingredients. Transfer the contents to a container with a lid, cover with lid and refrigerate overnight. Stir the pudding before serving and serve chilled.

19 Responses

  1. I've been on the look out for new ways to serve up turmeric for its health benefits, and I'd love to try this recipe. However, I'm a little confused. How much chia seed should I use in this recipe? Thanks for sharing your food!

  2. I'm so happy you liked it Melody. Thanks for letting me know, I accidentally deleted the chia quantity while editing. It's fixed now. Hope you enjoy it.

  3. Rose water and rose petals are the next couple of ingredients that I am adding to my list. I just started using chia seeds in yogurt a couple of weeks ago and the consistency is almost like a pudding, love it. Can't wait to try this!

  4. I have an unopened bag full of chia seeds and now I know what to do with them. I fell in love with them when I had a chia seed pudding at a French bakery. Never had it in India though. The falooda we had back home was very different (noodle like).

  5. Thanks for the mention, Nik! We Scandis truly love cardamom 🙂 I'm quite new to chia seeds but would love to make your chia seed pudding. It looks absolutely delicious! …and you know, as long as there's cardamom involved…

  6. I remember this from when I was little – my mom made it without the turmeric though. The turmeric looks like a great, healthy, COLORFUL addition.

    Gorgeous photos too, btw!

  7. Cardamom and turmeric chia seed pudding?! What a perfect combination. I'm a sucker for anything cardamom or turmeric involved…

  8. I'm sure I've been to your blog before, but usually when browsing on my mobile. The pictures are pretty amazing (but I knew that from instagram). Anyway – we were just in Stockholm in February, and the Swedes do indeed love cardamom! Their pastries are delicious…

  9. I tried this last night and it came out extremely runny? What did I do wrong? Or is it supposed to be? …tastes great though!

  10. Hi there, I am glad you liked the taste, yes the pudding is slightly runny. If you like it thicker, you could add increase the amount of chia seeds and also reduce some of the milk.

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