orange & lemongrass pudding

orange lemongrass pudding

The new season Navel Oranges are fabulous at the moment; thin-skinned, juicy, sweet with a slight sharpness. After indulging in a couple, I decide to make a dessert with the simple addition of corn flour rather than using eggs or milk. It makes a refreshing treat for friends who are either vegans or dairy-intolerant.

The lemongrass adds an extra punch of clean, citrus burst with peppery notes. The end result is a light – the texture is much like set custard – sweet and sour pudding. Perfect palette cleanser after a rich curry.


2 large oranges, juice & zest
2 lemongrass stalks, bruised
60g sugar
5 tablespoons corn flour (cornstarch)

Put orange juice in a measuring jug and add water so the total liquid amounts to 400ml. Pour into a saucepan. Bruise and crush the lemongrass stalks to release flavour and pop into pan along with sugar. Gently warm through until the sugar has dissolved. Taste a little of the liquid – add more sugar if it is too sour.

In a bowl, add a little cold water to corn flour to make a paste. Pour the warmed liquid slowly while stirring to incorporate with the paste. Return to the pan and heat until the liquid thickens and coats the back of a spoon.

Pour into small glasses and leave until cool. Sprinkle orange zest and pop into the fridge. Chill well before serving.

Serves: 2-4
Cooking time: 5 mins

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  1. maggie (p&c) on June 4, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Wow, this looks so good! Glad it got posted on foodgawker.

  2. Hermann on June 12, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Easy to make, cool taste!

    Thumbs up!!


  3. Supriya on November 30, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Made this for dessert on a Sunday kaukswe lunch for friends and it was a big hit. Delicious, easy and so refreshing. Look forward to trying more of your recipes.