Tuesday, November 2, 2010

* Tipsy Pudding......Truly Mouth watering desert

     'Tipsy Pudding' the  name  sounds really  catchy....when I heard in the  laptop where Shaan (My  husband) is hooked up to all possible news websites. One weekend  he was going through his stuff of world news  and  he stopped by in  one channel where  a show  named 'secret  kitchen- hosted by Bikramjit Ray' comes.This one  is my favorite,,its like my dream job...he  goes  places and  gets to  eat all  specialties and gets the secret recipes too.So this  was  on the  occasion of  Indian Independence day when he  goes to the most prestigious place of  Indian defense system,where they  train  the cadets(the future officers),,he goes to National Defense academy(NDA) and  gets  three very special  recipes from the  chief  who is there for  last 35 years  and  has served some very important people in  the world. I have been there couple of times during  R's  study time (he  is one of the tuff guys trained out  there,he is  my mom's  best friend's son )and I was his  local guardian (LOL,, I'm just  two years  older to him),I don't mind it as  long  as it let me visit this  very well maintained beautiful place.Seeing his Graduation ceremony was a very special occasion, You feel for the nation all the more if you  see the spirit  of these  young charged blood. My dad also works for  Defense, so it was even emotional   to  watch the  show. Now coming to the food  part :-) The  chef of  NDA  spills his secret recipe of tipsy pudding which is served  at NDA on special occasions for special  guests. The moment I saw it,my mouth started watering and I had to try out as soon as  I saw.I  had everything but the Whipping cream, So I  got it  and made when My daring friends(I  said "Daring"  coz, they are brave enough to try  my  experiments time to time) came  over  for a  weekend chit chat. The  9X9 desert vanished  within minutes.it was  indeed a scrumptious desert.It is  simple  and a great make ahead desert.
I have  made  it couple of times  after that and incorporated small little modification  from  the original  recipe that I saw,The lemon zest added to the top whipping cream layer really makes it an exotic dessert.
Give it a try if you  are a dessert person, I know  people  who are  not  very fond of dessert part still  go crazy  for this one.

Serves :8 - 10 people

The show  didn't  tell the proportions , so I had to come up with my  proportions which worked  well for  a 9X9 baking  dish or you  can  have  individual  portions  in  small desert blows for nice  individual deserts.


1. Plain Pound cake(Chopped to small cubes) : 2 cups(You  can  bake a  ready cake mix in a  cookie sheet 
                                                                        and once they are cool  cube them or  buy  any pound cake 
                                                                        and can cube them)
2. Fresh Seasonal fruits                                   :  2 cups- Chop to very small cubes (Any fruit will do,I have  
                                                                          used 1 Pears,1  golden  kiwi and hand full of  blueberries)
3. Dry fruits                                                    :  1 cup- chopped-I used  Almonds,Cashews,raisins and 
4. Whipping Cream                                        :  300 ml
5. Sugar                                                         :  5 tb sp
6. Custard powder                                          : 3 tb sp ( I used Brown & Polson Custard Powder   
                                                                        Vanilla  Alternatively  you can use  vanilla  pudding mix )
7. Milk                                                            : 1 cup
8. Pure Vanilla  essence                                   : 1/2 tsp
9. Lemon and orange  Zest                              :  1  tb sp


   First prepare the  custard before you  start to assemble rest of the ingredients for the pudding.This
   custard is not the traditional custard  that is made from  egg and milk mixture
   For  preparing the custard, mix  the  custard powder in 4  tb sp of  milk and add this mixture slowly to the
   boiling milk and  stir for  5 minutes(if you  want you  can add 2 tb sp  of  sugar).it will get thick
   consistency.Take it out of  heat and  let it cool  down and  bring it to  room temperature.

  Beat the whipping cream and 3 tb sp Sugar  until stiff  pick forms ,keep it aside.While beating the
  Whipping  cream be careful  about not to over beat it,because if you  over beat the  butter starts to separate
  which  spoils   the purpose of  whipping cream in the dish.Divide the  whipping cream in two  parts,one 
  part  for  mixing  the  fruit mixture and  second  part  for  the  top layer.

  In a  bowl, Mix cubed pound  cake,Fresh Fruits,dry fruits.pour in the cooled  down  custard. then  mix in
  one part of  whipping cream.Add the vanilla extract to the mixture and mix well.Now the  base  of the desert  is ready.Now  pour  this mix to your serving dish and spread evenly.Here you can use large dishes to make a big pudding or make small individual portions.

4. For top layer  ,add  lemon and  orange zest  to  the whipping cream  and just fold  in,then spread the 
   whipping cream evenly  and  keep in refrigerator  for at least 1 hour. Once  chilled to  your preference
   you  can  directly serve  or  decorate with some  chopped  dry fruits or  fresh seasonal fruits.

Enjoy and  happy  cooking...  :)


  1. Delicious dessert..looks so colorful and beautifully presented

  2. This definitely looks colourful and yum!

  3. Hey Namita is it the same dish in diff deco.?

  4. Nice write up and a lovely recipe ...... luv the clicks too

  5. @Suja:Thanks a lot
    @Ananda : Welcome to my blog and thanks for visiting,hope you enjoy your stay
    @Adi:Yes,,Its the same dish in different deco,,as I have made it couple of times since then.
    @Sibani: Thanks for lovely comment

  6. Lovely pudding recipe. The pics look so inviting.

  7. truly mouthwatering!!!
    loved it...gotta try this..

  8. @Arundhati : Thanks a lot ,,it really is so encauraging to listen from you.
    @ Sarah : It really is yumm and u can see damn easy,,so try it sometimes.


  9. I was in NDA - 116/Delta - 'I was searching for the recipe and here I found the first article and wola - mention of NDA itself.'

    You got that right that it is indeed the favorite part of the 4 course meal on special occasions like ACADEMY DINNER NIGHT etc.. Thank your for publishing this great article..I will have my mother try and make this sometime.

    If you would know, there was one more thing - 'chocolate pastry.' It was made for evening snacks mostly. I wish you post it's recipe too as it was the best chocolate pastry ever!!

  10. @ Dagger:This is a long overdue.Wow this comment is so far my fav comment and you mst have felt nostalgic,Did you get a chance ct chocoto make this yet?my search for that perfect chcoclate pastry is still on.
    Enjoy and keeping browsing.

  11. gr8 to see the original tipsy pudding recipe which i was looking for not the usual ones. original because it 's what we have been eating. million thanks. we have only wondered and imagine right out of NDA kitchen. we also add biscuit crumbs to it? ...thanks for the recipe love it.. heading for the kitchen....

  12. that awesome tipsy! had this pudding for three years. never knew the recipe. so is this the one?

  13. hi...am an ex nda too...was searching the mention of NDA tipssy...coz even though my wife makes tippsy at home...the NDA factor isaways missing...she does say its nigell lawson stye ...but that NDA factor is always missing....maybe ur recepie n method gives me wat we all ex NDAs long for....thx.

  14. I got to taste this yummy tipsy prepared by Nikki last weekend and trust me it was awesome. Can't wait to prepare it myself.

  15. Yes, those were the days my friends! Never had tipsy pudding that tasted as good as the one on Camp Greenhorn campfire night! And that was 50 years back! wow!
    Ashim Choudhury
    28 NDA

  16. Encore,from 33rd course,
    Sanjiv Kapoor

  17. Tipsy of NDA can never ever be replicated. It was heavenly having mugfuls of tipsy on Camps and on farewells. Mouthwatering thought.....all ex NDAs will agree. HJ

  18. The NDA guy saw TIPSY pudding as the tops quite often because he knew naught of the fancier, more sophisticated desserts which embellish the pages of cookery books. Perpetually hungry cadets that we were, we looked for the end, and not the beginning, of the meal whenever it was on the menu. As the finale of Camp Greenhorn it manifested itself as something completely out of this world --- food from Heaven itself. It was the time, the place and our youth which earned TIPSY its reputation.
    Dilip Desai, 31 to 33 NDA

  19. Great recipee and tahnks a million for it. However the taste of Tipsee in NDA is altogether different - Guest nights, sqn socials and of course Camp Greenhorn. A course mate died trying to swim across the lake for it. Sad, but true. Harinder 5540 - 30th Golf and India

  20. Thanks a ton for sharing the recepie... i had this craving for the original army style tipsy since so many days.. last had it wen i was in service..

  21. thanks 4 d recipe ....brought back lovely memories of guest nights ,camp fires of my NDA days.a must read 4 all foodie ex-ndas.

  22. I had eaten lot of pudding named tipsy at different messes but none of them was near tipsy of NDA.

  23. this is something very similar to English Trifle pudding

  24. If I may correct, being priviledged to call NDA as Alma Mater, cubed cakes is a regular recipe. The real one has biscuits

  25. the legacy continues in my Regiment Officers Mess with regular dose of Tipsy.
    92 Illustrious

  26. Tipsy pudding just after Rovers is something I won't forget in my life. It tasted the best of all the times I dug into. Thanks for the recipe. Will try making it at home. 97 Lima

  27. really miss that tipsy pudding n the days in NDA it tastes amazing......
    miss it.....

  28. Wow....great to read te comments from te NDA guys abv....i had my first taste of tipsy at a dinner hosted by an ex army General. So tasty i found it tat here i m hooked to te net to search for its reciepe...and he gv a similar intro to te dessert as every1s fav at te mess n parties. A lil difference is tat he suggested to us diners tat a few teaspoons of brandy b added to enhance te taste.......but an awesome yummilicious dessert it was.......

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  30. 29/30 Course lost 2 Academy Swimmers when they tried to swim across the NDA lake to go for Tipsy pudding at Camp Green Horn. Sad but that the craze for Ex NDAs.