Vanilla Pudding

March 12, 2021mayurisjikoni
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What is Vanilla Pudding?

So creamy, silky, delectable and easy to make. Dress Vanilla Pudding up with fruits, ginger snaps, chocolates or enjoy on its own. And so much better than ready made or prepackaged ones. 

Vanilla Pudding is a traditional dessert made from egg yolks, cornstarch, milk, sugar and vanilla. Some add a bit of butter, some don’t. For the egg free version, I’ve omitted eggs and instead added some cream.


How is it different from Custard?

Here, the reference is to the actual homemade custard and not the ones we make from flavored powder. Generally custard is made using egg yolks which is the main thickening agent. Also custard is set to a more firmer texture than a pudding. You may argue that many home made custard recipes call for a thicker like cornstarch. Well, this is added to quicken the whole process of making custard.



First of all, I must mention that those aromatic, floral, heavenly, with distinct flavour vanilla pods were gifted to me by my eldest son. Best ever presents for me are not diamonds, jewelry or clothes but rare and exotic ingredients and props. 

Secondly, with this post I’m celebrating the birth of my second grand daughter Alya. So what better way to celebrate her birth than by using the vanilla pods gifted by her dad. Born on 2nd March, hubby and I felted sad and joyous at the same time. We had planned to be in Bali for her birth, but unfortunately Covid Pandemic has put a stop to that. Till we can travel to be with our grand daughters, we have to be content with the videos and photos that my son and daughter in law share with us daily. 

Growing up, Saturdays use to be dessert day. Lunch it was something Indian like Shrikhand, lapsi, sev, and evenings it was pre- packaged Vanilla, Chocolate or ButterScotch Pudding or ice cream. The pre packaged ones were easy to make as you had to boil milk, add the powder and allow the pudding to chill and set a bit.


For Alya

A grandchild is a gift from above, one to cherish and love.

While my daughter in law was pregnant, I always had one niggling thought, what if I love my second grandchild less than the first one? Hubby’s reaction to this was “Don’t be silly’. As the pregnancy grew, so did that thought. How wrong I was. The moment I saw Alya’s photo, my heart missed a beat! I wanted to hold her, hug her, feel her tiny fingers and toes, run my hands through her hair. While my elder grand daughter Lily makes us laugh and interacts with us (she’s about 1 year and 8 months), the ‘drunken’ smile and droopy eyes of Alya makes our heart flutter. 



Check  this post I wrote for my first grand daughter, Lily.


Vanilla Pudding for Celebration

As per tradition, any good news is celebrated with something sweet. As soon as we got the message that my daughter in law had delivered a baby girl, I put aside all the work and started making Vanilla Pudding. Wanted it to chill by evening so we could enjoy the pudding with our neighbors and celebrate.


What is Vanilla?

Did you know that vanilla is a spice and actually a flower? Belonging to the orchid family, vanilla vine grows in hot, moist, tropical areas. Native to Mexico, it is Madagascar and Indonesia that are world’s largest producers, more specially the Vanilla  planifolia variety. There are three main varieties of vanilla that are grown. The word vanilla comes from the Spanish word vaina meaning little pod. Ripe pods can be dark brown to black. Each pod contains an oily liquid or paste full of tiny seeds. One flower produces one pod or fruit. Both the pod and the seeds are widely used in cooking.

How to Use Vanilla Pod?

Take one vanilla pod and place it on your chopping board. With the tip of a sharp knife, cut a slit in the middle of the pod. Using the tip of the knife, carefully scrape the tiny seeds. It will appear like a paste. Add this paste to whichever dish you want to. 


When I just use the seeds, I don’t throw away the pod. I bury it in my sugar pot and you get sugar that has vanilla aroma. 

In the case of Vanilla Pudding, I boiled the milk with the vanilla pod from which I had scraped off the seeds. Then I covered the pan with the milk and allowed the flavour to infuse into the milk for at least 30 minutes.Before preparing the pudding, I removed the pod.


A bit about the group

A – Z Recipe Challenge group started by fellow bloggers Vidya and Jolly, is themed based. This month we have to use any ingredient whose English name begins with the letter V. Not a wide choice of ingredients but so much better than the letter U. 

Initially I had thought of using mixed vegetables to create a dish but with the birth of Alya, vanilla immediately came to my mind. Baking a vanilla cake would have been easier, but then I remembered Vanilla Pudding. I’m so glad I finally got the opportunity to make it. I would have loved to make it using egg yolks but since I had to share it with my neighbors who don’t eat eggs, I opted for the egg free version.



Check out some recipes where Ingredients beginning with V are used:


Ingredients Required For Vanilla Pudding

  • Milk – preferably full fat milk 
  • Whipping Cream – for that extra creaminess. Can replace it with half and half.
  • Corn Starch – cornflour as the thickening agent
  • Salt – just a pinch required to balance the taste
  • Butter – unsalted. If you use salted omit adding salt.
  • Sugar – according to your preference. I didn’t make mine too sweet.
  • Vanilla – I used vanilla pod. If you don’t have a vanilla pod or bean then use vanilla extract, about 2 tsp. 
  • Topping – optional. Any of your choice, fresh fruits, dried fruits, small cookies, nuts, compote, etc. 




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So creamy, silky, delectable and easy to make. Dress Vanilla Pudding up with fruits, ginger snaps, chocolates or enjoy on its own.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 4 cups milk
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 6 tbsp cornstarch/cornflour
  • ⅓ -½ cup sugar
  • generous pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp butter softened


  • Add milk into a saucepan.
  • Slit the vanilla pod length wise using the tip of a sharp knife.
  • Scrape the seeds out of the pod using the tip of the knife.
  • Keep the vanilla seed paste on the side till required.
  • Add the vanilla pod to the milk. Bring the milk to a boil.
  • Take the pan off the heat. Cover the pan and allow the vanilla to infuse till the milk becomes cold.
  • Remove the vanilla pod from the milk.
  • Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt in another heavy bottomed pan. Add the milk and whisk till combined.
  • Add the cream too and whisk.
  • Cook the mixture over medium heat, mixing the milk mixture constantly.
  • Cook till the mixture becomes thick. This will take about 5-7 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat. Whisk in the butter till it melts. Also mix in the vanilla bean paste.
  • Pour the pudding into serving bowls or glasses.
  • Chill for at least 2 hours.
  • Serve with your favourite topping. Can top with fresh fruit, cookies, chocolate, etc.


  • If you don't have a vanilla pod, then add 2 tsp of vanilla extract once the pudding becomes thick.
  • Add sugar according to your taste.
  • Add any topping of your choice. Fresh fruits, cookies like ginger snaps, Oreo, chocolate, dried fruit, compote.
Keyword easy vanilla pudding, egg free vanilla pudding

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  • Seema Sriram

    March 14, 2021 at 8:28 am

    5 stars
    Love the way you have used the vanilla pod than the artificial essence. I am sure that vanilla smells so good too. the pudding looks so silky smooth.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 15, 2021 at 5:49 pm

      Thank you so much Seema. The smell in my kitchen was definitely heavenly and the taste so much different.

      1. Seema Sriram

        June 25, 2022 at 8:53 pm

        5 stars
        I love puddings over icecreams and vanilla is hands down the best. The dessert in cups certainly will remind me to hold back and portion control with this vanilla pudding.

      2. mayurisjikoni

        July 14, 2022 at 9:04 pm

        Thanks Seema, the portion appears much bigger in the photos then it is in reality. So go ahead and indulge in it 🙂

  • Shobha Keshwani

    March 18, 2021 at 8:00 am

    5 stars
    Who can ever say no to such beautifully presented vanilla pudding. It must be tasting so good with fresh vanilla extracted from the pods. Nice tip to use cream instead of eggs. Though I eat eggs somehow I don’t like the puddings made with eggs. Awesome post Mayuri. Love your presentation.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 18, 2021 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you so much Shobha, fresh vanilla is definitely more tastier and aromatic than vanilla extract or essence.

  • Poonam Bachhav

    March 26, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    5 stars
    Can imagine how flavorful and aromatic this pudding must have been with fresh Vanilla pods going in ! Love your beautiful presentation and pics. Congratulations on becoming a granny again. Vanilla pudding sounds just perfect for a celebration like this .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 26, 2021 at 8:45 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam. Using vanilla pods for this dessert was truly a good experience for me.

    2. Priya Vj

      June 22, 2022 at 12:38 pm

      5 stars
      Delicious looking vanilla pudding. Such a beautiful way to celebrate the birthof an angel . I love the juicy strawberry that you have placed on the pudding.

      1. mayurisjikoni

        July 14, 2022 at 9:06 pm

        Thank you so much Priya.

  • Jolly

    March 27, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    5 stars
    Saw your pudding first time in insta from there itself I am in love with it, such a beautiful color and I like the most that you used pods instead of essence. I can imagine how flavorful and aromatic this ! Love your beautiful presentation and clicks.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 27, 2021 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you so much Jolly, using vanilla pods adds a unique flavour.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    June 21, 2022 at 6:45 am

    5 stars
    Lovely vanilla pudding, I remember having got those pods from Thekkady. They are so aromatic. Alya will be happy to have your desserts when you meet her.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 14, 2022 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks Jayashree, I am sure she will love it. Fresh Vanilla makes a whole lot of difference in the flavour.

  • Archana

    June 22, 2022 at 1:22 am

    5 stars
    Aww! I am sure when Alya reads this post she will be thrilled! I hope you meet them soon. Vanilla pudding sounds so awesome. I have some beans now I know what I want to make with them. Thanks, Mayuri. Today’s guest dessert problem solved.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 14, 2022 at 9:06 pm

      You’re most welcome Archana. And yes hopefully one day my granddaughters will read my blog.

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