Culinary Wednesday: Coconut Chia Pudding with Kaffir Zest

Native to Thailand, kaffir leaves are a memeber of the citrus family – responsible for their distinctive lemon lime aroma. At some point in your gastronomic adventures, you’ll be sure to try a Thai curry, sip on spicy Tom Yum, or taste the Tom Kha soups and wonder what is it that makes these dishes so zesty and flavorful? It’s the lime leaves in the food that lends them that distinct flavor typical of the Southeast Asian cuisine.

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Kaffir Lime is a bumpy fruit with a rough skin. Opened up, it resembles a sweet lime, except that it’s not so sweet, rather much bitter. For this reason, the fruit isn’t used as much as its leaves. The leaves are the richest part of the plant.

In popular Thai culture, this plant is known to cleanse the mind and the body and ward off evil spirit. The juice of the fruit also has bleaching properties, is used for healthy gums, as a digestive tonic, and blood purifier.

We found this recipe on http://www.wholesome-cook.com to be an easy morning revive incorporating the kaffir leaf benefits, coconut & chia fats, and antioxidant rich berries.

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Kaffir Lime & Coconut Chia Pudding with Berries
Author: Martyna | Wholesome Cook
Prep time: 25 mins Cook time: 5 mins Total time: 30 mins
Serves: 2

Ingredients
– 2 cups coconut milk
– 6-8 kaffir lime leaves
– ¼ cup chia seeds
– 4-5 strawberries, hulled and diced
– ¼ cup fresh blueberries
Instructions
1. Place half the coconut milk in a small saucepan and add crushed kaffir lime leaves. Place over low heat and bring to a gentle simmer, cook for 5 minutes then turn off the heat, add remaining milk and leave for 20 minutes to cool completely and infuse.
2. Once the milk has cooled down, add chia seeds and whisk well, leave for 5 minutes and whisk again to remove any clumps that might have formed. Divide the mixture between two serving glasses or jars, leave for 5 minutes and stir again. Place in the fridge.

3. In the morning, top with diced strawberries and blueberries, which you can prepare in the evening as well, and enjoy on the go.

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