Split Pea Coconut Pudding

For Chinese New Year I want to make a few traditional Chinese desserts. Out of the blue I remembered this split pea coconut pudding my mum used to make. When I was a kid, I used to pick out all the yellow split peas and just eat the creamy coconut pudding!!

I made the pudding this weekend and mum's recipe is just as delicious as I remember. And now I actually enjoy the nice texture and colour contrast the split peas lend to the pudding. The texture of the pudding is firm and more like a jelly than a pudding. Traditionally, it's cut into squares or set in various mold shapes.

If yellow split peas aren't appealing, you can substitute cooked adzuki beans or omit the peas all together.