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Hispanic Heritage Month Recipes

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Each year, from September 15 to October 15 Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. 2021 was especially significant because it was the 200th anniversary of Costa Rican Independence from Spain. Here are a few traditional & unique Latin American recipes you may want to add to your menu: 

Almond Pudding - Keşkül

This year, I wanted to make a special sweet treat for Valentine's day but Kishore is notoriously hard to make desserts for since he's not a fan of overly sweet treats. With that in mind I decided to modify a recipe I tried when my brother was taking his immersive Turkish language class last summer. 
Keşkül is an almond-based milk pudding from Turkish cuisine served in a bowl garnished with coconut shavings, pistachios, or dried rose petals. This deliciously light and refreshing pudding has a nice almond flavor with a hint of sweetness, the perfect way to finish a meal. Here is my recipe:

Almond Pudding - Keşkül

Emily (Cooking for Kishore)


  • 2/3 Cup Blanched Almonds
  • 2 Cups Almond Milk (Unsweetened)
  • 1.5 Tbsp Rice Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 2/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp Dried Grated Coconut (Unsweetened)
  • 1 Tbsp Toasted Pistachios (Optional)
  • 1 Tbsp Rose Tea Petals (Optional)


  1. Grind Almonds into a fine powder. Mix the rice flour and cornstarch in 1/4 cup of water and set aside.
  2. Heat the milk, sugar, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring while bringing to a boil. Slowly add the flour-cornstarch slurry, making sure to continue stirring in one direction. 
  3. When the pudding begins to thicken add the ground almonds and grated coconut, continue stirring.
  4. Cook another 5-10 minutes until pudding has thicken enough to cover the back of a spoon.
  5. Pour the pudding into 5- 6 cups and allow to cool in the refrigerator uncovered  for 2-3 hrs. 
  6. Before serving garnish with ground toasted pistachios and rose tea petals, Enjoy!
Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 0.5 hrs 
Total time: 3.5 hrs 
Tags: almond milk pudding, Turkish almond pudding, Turkish almond pudding recipe, Turkish dessert pudding, keşkül recipe, valentines' day recipe, vegetarian pudding recipe, vegan pudding recipe



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