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Sago pudding

South Asian style sago or tapioca pearl pudding paired with fresh tropical fruits to beat the summer heat. In India sago kheer is popular festival dish that is eaten specially during Navratris.
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 3
Author Adapted from Taste.com.au

Recipe Ingredients

  • Tapioca pearls : 1 cup 200g
  • Coconut milk: 400g can
  • Water: 1 cup (250ml
  • Palm sugar / jaggery: 1/2 cup
  • Pandan leaves / bay leaves for flavour : 2 optional
  • Caramelized bananas: few slices see note
  • Jaggery / palm sugar: 2 tbsp
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 mango or any other tropical fruit like pineapple thinly sliced to serve

Recipe Instructions

  1. Place the tapioca pearls in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Set aside for 2 hours or more to soak. Soaking time entirely depends upon the quality of sago or tapioca pearls.
  2. Strain through a fine sieve. Cook in a large saucepan of boiling water for 10 minutes or until opaque. Drain well.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the coconut milk, water, sugar and pandan leaves / bay leaves in a large saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves and mixture is heated through.
  4. Add the tapioca and gently stir to combine. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.
  5. Spoon the sago kheer / tapioca pudding in serving bowl.
  6. In a separate non stick pan, melt the jaggery or palm sugar with little water in high heat. Cook and stirring for couple of minutes till the jaggery / sugar dissolves completely.
  7. Sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds over it and let it cook for few seconds more.
  8. To serve, add the caramelized banana over the sago pudding, drizzle the sesame and jaggery syrup over it.
  9. Serve with fresh cut mango or pineapple slices.
  10. Taste best when the pudding is served chilled.

Recipe Notes

To Caramelize Banana :
Cut the banana into thick slices. Roll the banana slices in granulated sugar or jaggery powder. Coat them evenly. Melt some butter in a pan. Add bananas and sugar. Cook till the bananas started showing golden brown color. Flip it over and cook the other side as well.