Hot and Cold Sago Pearls Dessert Recipes

Sago Pearls Pudding with mandarins and feijoa
Sago Pearls Pudding with mandarins and feijoa | Source
Sago pearls
Sago pearls | Source

 

Sago is a starchy product that comes from the sago palm. This tropical plant grows rapidly in most warm areas in South Asia. Most sago products are manufactured into sago flour that is used as an ingredient in cooking. The sago flour can be used for making breads, biscuits, noodles and desserts. Sago starch is also used as a natural thickener in the food industry.

The most common sago products available in the supermarkets are sago pearls which look like small white beads made from sago starch. These sago pearls when cooked with coconut milk and sugar, make great desserts or sweets.

Another product that looks like sago pearls are tapioca pearls, which are made from a root crop called cassava. Cassava is commonly grown in South America and parts of Asia. Tapioca is used in similar ways as sago because both products have high starch content.

The following recipes work well with both sago and tapioca pearls. There are many varieties of sago and tapioca pearls available from local supermarkets and Asian stores, but it all comes down to the quality of the products. Sago and tapioca products of inferior quality can make a great dessert recipe an epic fail. I usually start with a small packet of sago pearls of a particular brand, and if the desserts turn out good, I will go for the same brand again next time.


Recipe for Hot Sago Pearls Dessert

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 35 min
  • Yields: serves 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sago pearls
  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • 3 cups water
  • half cup brown sugar, can add more or add less according to personal preference

Instructions

  1. Put sago pearls in a pot and pour in one litre of hot water. Boil the sago pearls for about 15 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent the sago pearls from clumping together.
  2. The sago pearls should start to look translucent after 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let the sago pearls cool slightly. Drain away the hot water and rinse the sago pearls with cold water. Break up the clumps of sago while washing, drain with a sieve to remove the excess starchy water.
  3. Put the washed sago pearls in a pot and add in 3 cups of water, coconut milk and sugar. Simmer and stir until the sugar has melted. The sago pearls dessert is ready to be served hot.
Hot sago pearls in coconut milk
Hot sago pearls in coconut milk | Source

Recipe for Cold Sago Pearls Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sago pearls
  • 150 ml thick coconut milk
  • 2 cups water
  • half cup palm sugar


Sago Pearls Pudding served with mandarins and feijoa.
Sago Pearls Pudding served with mandarins and feijoa. | Source

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Instructions

  1. The sago pearls are prepared in a similar method to the previous recipe. Boil the sago pearls in one litre of hot water for 15 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent the sago pearls from burning at the bottom of the pot or clumping together.
  2. When the sago pearls start to turn translucent remove from heat and cover the pot for 15 minutes. Then, drain away the hot water and rinse the sago pearls with cold water. Break up the clumps of sago and drain with a sieve to remove the excess starchy water
  3. In a pot, heat up 2 cups of water, coconut milk and palm sugar. Cook until the sugar has melted. Add in sago pearls and mix well. Scoop sago pearls into greased small pudding molds or small cups and chill overnight in the fridge.
  4. Remove sago pearls from molds and serve with fresh fruits.


Sago nutrition facts

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 200g
Calories 710
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 188 g63%
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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peachpurple 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

I love hot sago soup. Very sweet and warm. Haven't try out cold sago yet. Actually, never heard of it. Will follow your recipe steps and let u know soon. Thanks


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

How fascinating! I've never seen- let alone heard of- sago before. I bet the texture is amazing! Thanks for the cool recipe Hub!


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

peachpurple, if you are having guests over for dinner, cold sago dessert with fruits is a great way to serve after dinner. You should try that out soon :)


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

Simone, thanks! Next time you will recognise the sago pearls when you see them in the shops. I hope you get to try some sago products too. Cheers!

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