In the 70s, you could find Indian pudding in many of the diners and restaurants in New England. Somehow with the introduction of newer and eclectic desserts, the pudding slowly lost the appeal. The British occupation was responsible for the novelty. The Brits seemed to enjoy something similar called “hasty pudding,” a concoction of wheat flour with milk or water cooked until it thickened. When wheat became scarce in New England, the early settlers began using cornmeal to substitute the grain. Hence the name of Indian pudding because the natives widely used cornmeal at the time.
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