Easy Eggless Chocolate Pudding Recipe. Only 5 ingredients, 10 minutes!

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on December 2, 2011

 

I learned this recipe from Veena aunty, my mother’s friend in India. She is such a fantastic cook, and always so eager to teach others her recipes. I always learn new recipes from Veena aunty when I’m in India. I’ve adapted and simplified the original recipe I learned.

After you try this easy eggless chocolate pudding recipe, you won’t be buying that boxed stuff anymore! The great thing about this recipe is that you can use anything from 2% milk to whole milk. And you can vary the sugar to your liking.

Tips for a fool proof eggless chocolate pudding

-          Cornstarch as well as cocoa powder will form lumps easy. To avoid this make sure the milk is at room temperature

-          If there is a big temperature difference between the cornstarch mixture and whatever it is going into, it will form lumps

-          Despite taking precautions, if your cornstarch mixture does form lumps, you can easily rectify it by passing the mixture through a strainer and breaking up the lumps using the back of a wooden spoon

-          Make sure you use standardized tablespoon and cup measures for this recipe

-          The pudding will form a thin skin as it cools in the fridge. I quite like this pudding skin. But if you don’t, cover the pudding cups with plastic wrap so that the plastic wrap is directly touching the surface of the pudding. Then refrigerate. This will prevent skin formation

-          My recipe calls for unsweetened cocoa powder. If you decide to use sweetened cocoa powder, reduce the sugar in this recipe by half. When the pudding is cooked, taste it, and add more sugar according to taste.

-          Cornstarch brands differ in ‘strength’. So you may get a slighter thinner or thicker pudding than mine. But it will still taste the same.

How to prevent chocolate pudding from sticking to its cup

Have you ever had a chocolate pudding and the only way to get all of it was to scrape the sides of the dish? Pudding, because of its consistency has a tendency to stick to the sides of its dish. This can make cleaning up a pain. The solution is simple. I learned this great little tip from Veena aunty, my mother’s friend.

Wet the insides of the pudding serving dish with water. Then pour in the pudding to set. The wet inside surface of the dish will keep the pudding from sticking to the dish, and cleaning it will be a breeze!

Above: see what I mean? The pudding comes away from the inside of the cup easily!

More eggless chocolate puddings..

My friend Radhika’s eggless chocolate pudding recipe on Just Home Made

Smitten Kitchen’s chocolate pudding recipe using melted chocolate

Easy Eggless Chocolate Pudding Recipe 

serves 2-3

Ingredients
2 ¼ cup milk at room temperature, anything from 2% to whole milk is fine
2 tablespoons cornstarch (corn flour)
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, I like Ghirardelli
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Make sure the milk is at room temperature. If you are using cold milk, place it in a medium saucepan and heat on low, till it reaches room temperature. Dip your finger into the milk, it should not be too hot or too cold.

Place the corn starch and cocoa powder in a bowl. Pour approximately half the room temperature milk into the bowl. Using a fork or small whisk, whisk well till the corn starch and cocoa powder dissolve into the milk and form a slurry. Try to break up any lumps, but if some lumps are remaining, that’s ok. Set the slurry aside.

Add the sugar and vanilla extract to the other half of the milk. Cook on medium heat till the milk gets hot and steamy, but not yet boiling – about 5 minutes.

Place a strainer over the saucepan with the hot milk. Pour the cornstarch and cocoa slurry through the strainer.

Using a wooden spoon, push the cornstarch cocoa slurry through the strainer. Break up any lumps and push them through. Make sure you scrape up the underside of the strainer so that you get all the slurry.

Using a whisk, whisk the pudding so everything is well blended. Keep whisking till the pudding boils. Let it boil, while whisking, till the pudding thickens and gets glossy, about 1 minute.

Turn off heat and taste the pudding. If you would like it to be sweeter, add more sugar now, and whisk well. Remember that the hot pudding will always taste slightly sweeter than when it is cold.

If you feel the pudding is too thick, you can whisk in a little more room temperature milk at this point. Remember, the pudding will get firmer once it cools.

Take 2 individual serving cups. Fill them with water. Pour out the water. This will wet the insides of the cups and prevent the pudding from sticking to the insides, making washing up easier.

Pour the hot pudding into the 2 wet cups, dividing it equally. Cover with foil and place in the refrigerator to cool. When the pudding is completely cold (about an hour), it is ready to serve.

Top with roasted nuts, shaved chocolate, whipped cream or fresh fruit.

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1 Sanjeeta kk December 2, 2011 at 1:41 am

ooo..so creamy and easy-peasy dessert to make..a boon for lazy cook like me :) Love the consistency and color.

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2 Anna @ The Guiltless Life December 2, 2011 at 1:43 am

Oh wow this looks heavenly – so decadent! I use Ghirardelli too – such good quality!

And those tips are really handy, especially the wetting the inside of the dish one. There’s a few recipes I could use that tip for, including chocolate mousse!

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3 Nishi December 2, 2011 at 1:43 am

Yummy yummy pudding!!!! Great photographs as usual Sala. But I really loved that cute spoon :)

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4 Rosa December 2, 2011 at 1:44 am

Delicious looking puddings!

Cheers,

Rosa

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5 Preeti December 2, 2011 at 2:09 am

A delicious little treat for those chocolate cravings!

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6 a spoonful of yumm December 2, 2011 at 3:10 am

yummm !! chocolate pudding is a simple dessert i love making often…will make this version :-)

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7 Priya Sreeram December 2, 2011 at 6:19 am

loved the tips- the one to avoid sticky cups was really great ! yum pudding !!

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8 Heidi @ Food Doodles December 2, 2011 at 10:11 am

Awesome! I’ve been craving chocolate pudding and this looks perfect for me. I love how simple it is, but it looks fantastic. Thank you for the tip to get the pudding to come away from the sides of the dish easily. That’s so helpful!

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9 VM December 2, 2011 at 10:18 am

Love it! I am trying this recipe ASAP.

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10 Anu December 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm

nice creamy pudding

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11 Anu December 2, 2011 at 1:11 pm

There are so many things i like apart of the eggless pudding… the spoons(i love em, where did u get em from?)
The fabric is soooo pretty too… :)
i like the idea of using melted chocolate too. if the lumps do form we can just run it thro in the blender,no? is that ok?

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

run the lumps through a strainer, that should do. but yes, you can blend it too. but make sure you blend the mixture before it gets too hot, then heat it up.

I got the spoons from Chefworks, Santa Cruz CA

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12 Soma December 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

bookmarked :0)

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13 Spandana December 2, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Such an easy and delicious pudding.. thanks for the tip of wetting the sides of the serving cup.. that was very helpful…
Delicious pics…!!

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14 Monalisa December 2, 2011 at 7:28 pm

yummy!!!I have some guests coming over now, and I don’t have cocoa powder, do you think I can make it w/ chocolate syrup?

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

im not sure if chocolate syrup will work. but melted chocolate will, see smitten kitchen’s recipe link in my post.

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15 sreelu December 2, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Definitely must try recipe bookmarked

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16 Sharmilee December 3, 2011 at 3:47 am

Looks so delicious and love the texture of your pudding

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17 Vegetarian December 4, 2011 at 11:29 am

Looks delicious! need to try this! bookmarked for later used! thanks for the great recipe!

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18 Pav December 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Looks great! Stupid question, but I have to ask – can I leave this in the fridge overnight? As in can I make it for guests to have at dinner the next day?

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

yes ofcourse! you can make it ahead of time and refrigerate up to 2 days.

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Pav Reply:

Ungrateful me! I meant to stop by before – I followed your instructions, and it turned out to be amazing! The pudding, walnuts, raspberries and cream – heaven! Thank you so much!

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

thanks for stopping by and letting me know! glad you enjoyed it. It sounds delicious with walnuts, raspberries and cream! yum!

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19 Kathleen Richardson December 5, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Yummy, sounds delicious. Love your photos, esp. the raspberries against the chocolate. Will definitely be making this.

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20 Diane December 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Already made it twice. Amazingly easy, and really delicious! Thank you!

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

great! enjoy!

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21 Elisabetta Pendola December 13, 2011 at 6:03 am

deliciousness in one short word!!!!! congrats! <3

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22 Julia December 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Thank you for all of the tips and tricks for chocolate pudding!!!! I’m going to make it tonight for a dinner party, can’t wait!

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

let me know how you liked it!

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23 Deeps @ Naughty Curry December 16, 2011 at 7:43 am

i saw this post yesterday and couldnt believe it was that easy. ur beautiful photos gave me severe chocolate cravings and i had to make it immediately or die of choco-deprevation! :) it was awesome! it was so easy & quick, im a lil worried i mit make it too often! hehe

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24 Sophie January 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm

This chocolate pudding was a real winner!
Thanks also for the useful info! MMMMMM,…!!!

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

great to hear that! :)

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25 Smita January 22, 2012 at 9:45 am

Looks yummy and thank God it is easy too :-p and eggless! :) )

Thanks for sharing!

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26 shruti | a spoonful of yumm February 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

hi sala ! made this chocolate pudding today and i loved it,so easy & tasty . the water tip works very well :D i topped it with chocolate shards and roasted cashews ;-) its over !

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27 Shabnam Mubin February 26, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Oh yumm! and so easy! can’t wait to try it. great post

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28 Pallavi March 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm

New to your blog and so loving it. Your pudding was a super hit with our friends.
It is such a savior since most ingredients are readily found in the pantry. Thanks for the detailed instructions , they really help in making it lump free and so creamy. The idea of serving them in tea cups was super neat !

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29 Aanchal April 14, 2012 at 5:58 am

I made this and I burnt it a little, so it got the burnt flavour so next time il cook it on low heat but other than that perfectly sweetened although I will add more cocoa powder next time. i had to add more cornstarch as well. Pretty sure next time it will turn out perfect :) and the water trick workedd BEAUTIFULLY !!!

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30 anisha May 27, 2012 at 5:17 am

i tried the recipe this afternoon n just ate some of it…its amazing..thanks a lot. :)

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31 maddy November 24, 2012 at 2:18 am

Thanks a lot! I’ve never cooked once in my life and I wanted to try your pudding after reading it.. It was so easy and tasted yummy.. Keep posting ;) :)

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32 Ambujakshi Sankar December 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Super! Gave me exactly two coffee mugs of custard …just enough for a Sunday treat for the kids! I did not have enough cornflour so I simply mixed cocoa powder to 2 tbsps of store bought vanilla custard powder and omitted adding vanilla to the milk . My custard does have a strong vanilla taste to it but will do for now! Maybe in that case I should have added a little less custard powder and a little more cocoa powder…….will have to keep this in mind for the next time!

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33 Jabin December 9, 2012 at 5:14 am

Hi, I loved your recipes…And the pictures too..Can I share your recipes in my facebook page called Its Yummy!! to my Tummy!!…I will be adding your recipe courtesy on the page too..Please do reply..Bye..:)

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34 Ruju December 20, 2012 at 5:40 am

excellent…made it today..charming consistency..The pictures too are very realistic..not exaggerated…!thanks!!!

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35 Ruju December 20, 2012 at 5:41 am

if u could also give some ideas for topping the pudding..??!!

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

Fresh fruit, nuts, caramel, or whipped cream :)

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36 Corinne February 23, 2013 at 4:45 am

thanks to you and to your aunty for sharing this quick n easy recipe. I saw it this morning, made it 1 hr later & have tasted already!

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37 Antara January 16, 2014 at 12:41 am

Hi,
I made this for dessert last night, and it turned out to be perfect! I added a little more cocoa powder to give it a strong choco taste. The water trick also worked! Yay! I also saw that passing the cocoa mix through a sieve helped in giving the pudding a smooth texture. I have tried making chocolate pudding before, but it would usually be a little grainy.

Thanks a ton! It was easy & delicious, and can be made on week nights!! :)

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38 Vini April 26, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Hi,
I tried this with half and half. Turned out very well. Thanks.

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