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Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad and Tobago

Sweet Hands

By Ramin Ganeshram

Published 2018

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Sweet porridges like lapsi are a form of ceremonial dessert in Hindu rituals, although they may be consumed at other times as well. The addition of golden raisins or nuts makes this a celebratory dish.


  • 1 tablespoon ghee or canola oil
  • 1 cup bulgur wheat
  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 3 cups evaporated milk
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) sliced almonds


  1. Heat the ghee in a deep saucepan and add the bulgur wheat. Cook, stirring often, until golden brown. Add the raisins and cook until plumped, less than 1 minute.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and add the evaporated milk, sugar, and cardamom. Mix well, and return the pot to the stove. Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved. Continue to simmer until the lapsi has thickened like porridge, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Serve warm, garnished with almonds.