Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
8 servings (serving size: 1 ramekin and 1 tablespoon whipped cream)

Orange mangoes symbolize gold and riches. Prepare and chill pudding the night before. Whip the cream just before serving, and allow guests to dollop some on their own desserts.

How to Make It

Step 1

Coarsely chop 2 mangoes. Dice the remaining mango.

Step 2

Combine coarsely chopped mangoes and 1/4 cup water in a blender; process until smooth. Press puree through a fine sieve over a bowl; discard solids.

Step 3

Bring 3/4 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add sugar to pan, stirring until dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in the remaining 1 1/4 cups water. Sprinkle unflavored gelatin over water in the saucepan; let stand 1 minute. Add the mango puree, stirring with a whisk. Pour the mixture evenly into each of 8 (6-ounce) ramekins or custard cups. Cover and chill overnight or until set. Top evenly with diced mango.

Step 4

Place cream in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form. Serve with pudding.

Ratings & Reviews

JenniferY's Review

February 13, 2010
This recipe is missing a component of milk or cream. The authentic dim sum dessert should have the consistency of jello, but should be opaque, not translucent because it has evaporated or condensed milk it. I found another web version of the same recipe with cream in it so I think it was omitted in Cooking Light for some reason. I agree with previous comments about needing more gelatin in it. However, the flavor was light and fresh and my friends thought it tasted good anyway.

dmjordan's Review

March 29, 2009
I thought that this was a pretty good recipe. The only change I made was that I made it with frozen mango and I didn't have to strain it at all. It could have been a little sweeter but I think that is something I'll have to test each time depending on the sweetness of the mango. Also, I had no trouble with it gelling properly. Although, as someone else said, this is more like a gelatin.

pretendchef's Review

March 21, 2009
this was so disappointing!! The chef featured in the story is from my city so I was excited to try a 'local' recipe. But.... this is what was missed from the recipe: 1) Mangos= ataulfo mangoes (the smaller yellow ones that aren't stringy like the australian ones). Otherwise you end up with too much fruit puree. If the ataulfo mangos are ripe, it will still be smooth pudding without the straining step. 2) Even using the smaller mangos, there isn't enough gelatine in the recipe to set the pudding- plan to use 2 packets/2 tbsp. gelatine. If you like a creamier mango pudding, this would be when you add 2 tbsp of the whipping cream to the pudding mixture (you'll have slightly less to use as topping) 3)Don't add cold water to the sugarwater or the water mix will be too cool to properly dissolve the gelatine and you'll end up with little gelatine lumps in your pudding. Use hot water to keep the temp up and keep the recipe foolproof =)

MartiS's Review

February 14, 2009
I had to double the amount of gelatin. I used canned mango because of the season and I think the flavor would be more intense with fresh. My company enjoyed it - light and refreshing - and asked for the recipe.

Carcharzel's Review

February 08, 2009
This is more like a gelatin, not a pudding. I just didn't care for the texture at all. Very disappointing.

JenniferE78's Review

January 27, 2009
This tasted very good, but it never set up as it should have with the gelatin. We eventually put it in the freezer to make it something more than juice (which is what it looked like), and it still didn't set up. We served it and called it a mango slushy.

Ltoeat's Review

January 21, 2009
It was not that tasty. I used agar gelatin. The pudding was firm, not so sweet.