â€œI lightened my original version of this Indian pudding because it used full-fat ricotta cheese, heavy cream, and lots of nuts and sugar. This dessert is very versatile. You can use different spices or substitute almonds for pistachios, if you wish.â€� —Rupa Kothandapani, Birmingham, AL
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (15-ounce) carton part-skim ricotta cheese
2/3 cup whole milk
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom or ground cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped pistachios
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl. Spread evenly into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack.
Cut pudding into 12 equal portions. Pour milk over pudding. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Sprinkle cardamom over pudding. Spoon 1 serving pudding and about 2 teaspoons milk into each of 12 small bowls, and top each serving with 1 teaspoon pistachios.