Thursday, February 2, 2012

Sago Gula Melaka (Pudding)

Sago gula melaka (palm sugar) pudding is a popular Malaysian dessert. Simplicity best describes this dessert because you just need a couple of ingredients. Moreover, easily made whereas the ingredients listed below pretty much are as per liking or per taste. Supposedly the nearest substitute for pandan (screwpine) leaves is pandan essence, vanilla pods or vanilla essence, though I have not tried before. And the alternative for palm sugar - dark brown sugar. You can also serve the pudding with fruits. I used longan. Of course it is open to other types of fruits., either the canned of fresh ones eg: strawberries, mangoes or peaches.

White sago (I used about 150g)
Thick coconut milk - heat through gently and chilled
1 piece (about 200g) palm sugar - simmer with some water to get a thick syrup and chilled
4-5 pandan leaves
Soak sago for 1 hour and rinse a couple of times.
Boil water till it simmers.
Add sago and pandan leaves.
Stir in between and as soon as the sago becomes translucent/clear,drain away the water.
Rinse under cold/running water to cool down.
Press sago into one big mould or smaller moulds/pudding cups.
Cool down and leave it in the fridge to chill.
For serving, gently slide sago on a serving bowl/cup.
Drizzle/submerge with milk and palm sugar.
Top up with fruits. 
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  1. This is one of my favourite dessert :) I almost forget how easy it is to make :)

  2. I love palm sugar,I use them so often,this is sound really good desert for me,nava tahnk for a get well wishes,i feel so much better now :)

  3. Love your food presentations. Love the taste of the gula melaka too...

  4. The food presentation looks great and the sago pudding sounds yummy!!!

  5. I have another dessert in my mind which needs Pandan leaves so I should certainly look for these. I have sago pearls but never used for anything I don't know why I even bought it. Can I use sugar for trying?

  6. Wow, this is beautiful! I'm not sure we have sago available, but I'm sure I could make a yummy pudding with coconut milk and another thickener :)

  7. Hi Nava, oohhh.... this is my top favorite. I could eat this all day without eating rice.LOL
    Lovely presentation.

  8. Thank you for all the comments everyone and appreciate it very much.

  9. I ve never tasted or even seen anything like this! Sounds delicious!

  10. I haven't tried palm sugar and I am not sure if it circulates in the Greek market. I hope I will find it in the market so I can try it! The pudding looks delicious!

  11. I have never tried the palm sugar but it is probably much healthier than the processed sugar we have here. Any type of pudding that is made with coconut milk does get my vote. I am always just freezing it and eating it frozen, so I am sure I would enjoy this pudding.

  12. This sounds so interesting! I recently discovered palm sugar, and liked it a lot. The pudding sounds perfect, if i can find sago, I will have to try this.

  13. Those photos are just spectacular--wish I could find the authentic ingredients to make it.

  14. oh I have never tried this before looks sweet and yummy..thank you for always giving us new ideas passing by ;)

  15. we make a similar pudding deliciously done looks wonderful

  16. Hi Nava, Holy Smoke! I really love this! Have not eating it forgot when.
    And yours looks so sinfully delicious, forget mother's name one spoon in mouth, ha ha.
    I love to eat cold....

    I remember long ago a Nyonya lady made this for me when I rented a room in her house.
    Your this sago gula Malacca brought back memories.
    Have a nice day, and keep a song in your heart.
    Best regards.

  17. i remember making this during school home science class. The Principal of my school sure lucky. Every evening will sure to have things to eat with his tea coz the teacher will instruct us to send some of our "creation" to him

  18. What a fabulous dessert - looks so decadent but you make it seem like a simple recipe

    Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself

  19. This is one of my fave desserts, Nava! I could eat this everyday. Hahaha!

  20. Thank you to each one of your for your sharing and comments. Appreciate all of it.

  21. I absolutely loved this dessert! One of the best desserts from Malaysia.

  22. Never had this before, but I absolutely love the look of this!Gorgeous!Wish I could try some right now :)

  23. I love this dessert! Mmmmm, I can just imagine the taste of that syrup in those tiny sago pearls

  24. I would love to try this sago pudding! but too lazy to make anything ;-p

  25. Sago gula melaka is one of my all time favourite dessert, love the unique way the dessert is presented and also the tips on how to calibrate to the different tastes


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