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Jul 16, 2010 09:46 AM

Is it ok to call it "Indian Pudding"?

There's disagreement online over this. On the one hand, "Indian" pudding seems to be obsolete, possibly wrong and offensive. On the other hand, that is the familiar name for the dish, and some Native Americans actually call it "Indian Pudding." Any strong opinions about this?

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  1. What? Should we call "Mexican" restaurants something else? It is Indian pudding so why change the name. Ridiculous.

    1. personally, I wouldn't be comfortable calling it that, as it's not Indian. It's a twist on a Native American dish (we use 'First Nations' in Canada).

      1. Yes it's ok to call that preparation "Indian Pudding".

        There is nothing offensive, except for to who search for offense where there is none.


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        1. re: Maximilien

          I agree. Here in New England, it's on the winter menus of certain restaurants as "Indian pudding." This term simply communicates what it is, so the diner will know. I'd feel very pretentious ordering a "Native American cornmeal-molasses bake."

        2. Native Americans call themselves Indians and from what I've seen, don't take offense at people in general using the term. If you want to relate it to other racial terms, it's not like the N word, it's more like the term black - in ultra-PC usage, African-American (or Native American) is correct, but black is not offensive in informal speech, even when used by whites, and neither is Indian.

          Having said that - there is a limit to exactly how the term can be used. For example - no Indian, Welshman, or Jew that I know is offended by being correctly labeled as such. But all would justifiably take offense upon hearing phrases like "Indian giver," "Welsh on a deal," or "Jew someone down."

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          1. re: BobB

            How about" Ethno-centric, alimentary lipid-protein, aboriginal denizen preparation of heirloom astronomically dictated sustenance". AKA INDIAN PUDDING, after you had your first course of Moors and Christians, followed by a Dutch Baby pancake.

            1. re: ospreycove

              And let's not forget the WOP salad, or the PC Italian salad.

              1. re: ospreycove

                Oh, go chow down on a spotted dick! ;-)

            2. Thank you all! So, it is both proper and accurate to call an Indian Pudding an Indian Pudding.