Friday, April 26, 2013

Bubur Kacang Hijau (Green Bean Porridge)

This sweet porridge is absolutely satisfying and so-so nice. Significantly so-easy to make too. Before making, soak the beans overnight or at least for 4 hours. The longer the beans are soaked, the faster they will cook. Then flavour up and scent up. The scent that we Malaysians love is from pandan/screwpine leaves. Easily grown and strives in bushes in the hot humid weather. These are the same leaves for our local all time favourite nasi lemak (nasi lemak prawn sambal and vegetarian mutton nasi lemak). 

As simple as it is to add the leaves into savoury dishes, the simpler for this porridge by knotting and simmering with the beans. Ingredients for such a sweet porridge pretty much are estimates - per liking or as listed below.   

2 cups green beans/kacang hijau - soaked in water for at least 4 hours and drain off water.  
1/2 cup sago - soak in water for 1/2 hour an hour. Then gently rinse under running water without breaking up sago and drain off excess water.  
3-4 pandan/screwpine leaves - knotted together.
1/2 cup Gula Melaka/palm sugar
2-3 tbsp white sugar (or as needed)
Thick coconut milk/cream - as needed
A pinch of salt.

Add beans, screwpine leaves and 1 liter of water into a pot.
Simmer till beans are 3/4 soft.
Add sago and gently stir. 
When sago becomes translucent, add both types of sugar.
Stir to dissolve.
Before serving, remove screwpine leaves and pour coconut milk over. 
Serve hot or at room temperature, chilled in the fridge or top up with ice cubes. 
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  1. You aptly explained the status of Blogger's mind at times in this line "The habit of blogging has grown so tight inside me that without it, I feel empty" - True to core, been there experienced that!! :)
    Also the simple porridge looks yum and healthy!!
    I always prefer(if given a choice)a liquidy or semi solid dessert, becomes it is light on the tummy and not over-the-top like the crazily sweetened desserts.
    Good one.

  2. Hi Nava, I love this bubur kacang. Yours look so good, make me look forward to have a bowl right now. :)

    It's true, blogging do take up a lots of our time. Sometimes feel like giving up but then the thought of already come to this far and spent some much time and effort on it, hard to let go. And I do meet a lot of wonderful friends thru blogging including you....and your wonderful recipes.

    And I'm one of them who get bored very fast, always have to think and give a deep thought what to share with my readers. :)

    Have a lovely weekend.

  3. Hi Nava, sometimes i too find blogging so difficult. Its kid is only 16 months old. He follows me everywhere. In the kitchen while i cook, while i click photo's ,wen am in washroom(stands at the wasrum door and cries loudly as loudly he can). But still he gives me so much joy. Wat altogether i mean is, its sometimes too difficult for me also to catch up with everything, but the thing is we are used to blogging .Its a place where i meet 100 of other women just like us. I find immense joy visiting their blog ,reading their recipe's and posting comments n all. It keeps me occupied and moreover it takes away the frustration of mine being not able to work again at this moment. Anyways this recipe i find it really interesting, since its so new to me and am sure it tastes delicious. You click awesome pics. Keep up the gud work :-)

  4. Dont take a break and keep writing when you get time.

    Hey this bean porridge looks so tempting. SO new for me.

  5. I am not year old blogger and still think how people managed thru years. Love porridge.

  6. Delicious bowl of porridge :) Keep Blogging!!

  7. The bean porridge looks new to me.. It is so healthy and tempting..

  8. The bean porridge is simply superb. We are all sailing in the same boat, you found the right words to put it here.
    Healthy and yummy porridge. Thanks for sharing Nava...

  9. wow sweet porridge with green peas!! grt idea..wish to taste it:)

  10. This porridge is new to me. Looks delicious though. I am sure it tastes good too.
    Hang on - and keep up the good work.

  11. Lovely bean porridge ,interesting ingredients.Awesome click.Was an interesting write up.

  12. Nava, keep going u are really so good at blogging,an intro or not the dishes are really unique.I would love to see more of ur innovative dishes.

  13. Dear Nava, I believe each of bloggers will experience what you went through, so do I. Most of us blogging just for fun at first but it turns out it does not need a little time, there are times makes us waste much time in front of the lappy when we run out of ideas on how to get started...

    as for me, after 5 years, I just need a mood only. At my age now, I've had quite a lot of experience and a story to be a caterer I cook every day, variety of foods, there are times when I lose the mood so I just let it all go by, but I'll feel regret later...I should have made ​​the event today in order to be a memory for tomorrow, probably just enough each post with just a picture ...sometimes a picture is worth a thousand agree with me dear?

    Yes, stop if necessary to get something more fresh and unforgettable, as long as it does not affect you and your hubby's romantic relationship, that's enough. with what you've got now, I feel a loss if you give up and stop blogging, as well as your virtual friends...

    have an intro or not is not the question, what is important we have served with a bowl of bubur kacang that was so tantalizing by someone called Nava! Keep on writing dear and dont give-up!

  14. Blogging should be fun Nava not the taxing one. So take your time and enjoy both life and blogging. This Green beans porridge looks similar to our payasam. Looks yummy.

  15. Nava, Its true blogging does take lot of time, although I do not visit that many blogs or on any of the social media network but still I find it is taking all of my time. This year I have reduced my visit to other blogs and post only when I get time.I don't have small kids but my social life, work, volunteer work keeps me so busy that I often do not get time to go on computer on weekends. Once I am on computer I forget all around me.

    These are mung beans, right. I make it a lot almost once every week for sure.

  16. Hi everyone,
    Its interesting to read the sharing, opinions and comments on blogging. Thanks so much.

  17. Nava, you just shared the same thought as I do..:-) and the porridge looks delicious!

  18. Yummy! I normally make it plain without milk or coconut. But when I do add coconut and if durian is in season, I will add in durian since mum loves it that way.

  19. well said nava.. sometimes blogging gives too much stress but at the same time it acts as a relief too :) take your time and dont stop blogging..

  20. Used it more to make dessert (green been soup).I have never thought of tt - porridge!

  21. Relax my friend, blogging should never be a chore :)
    Take your time :)


  22. Don't stop blogging
    I been busy lately and I still try to make a come back
    I love green bean dessert and my wife use to cook it by slow cooker

  23. You're so right about the blogging habit. Although I've turned to food blogging now I was earlier writing a nature/plants blog. I enjoy going through your recipes. This is new to me and it does look delicious and refreshing.

  24. Nava, How do you manage to speak your mind soo clearly... I want to share something with you... As you know, I'm new to this blogging world and am getting to know soo many new bloggers here and learning something new everyday... When I got introduced to your blog.. My first thought was.. Oh my! She rights sooo well... And then I started visiting your blog regularly.. You have a great command over words Nava and they are not just simple words but I find them magical.. The way you make a simple porridge or soup sound divine... Your perfect photography.. When it comes to writing a comment to your post, I feel like a child in front of a teacher... Don't know how to give my opinion.. You are one of my favourite bloggers.. You are an inspiration to soo many bloggers out here... Would love to keep coming back here for more... If you like do take a break but come back when you're free and when you start missing the blogging world... The porridge looks superb Nava.. Healthy and pleasant.. Perfect for all times..

  25. Really yummy luking n porridge..

  26. Love this porridge . Healthy too .

  27. Just mouthwatering...looks delicious!

  28. very interesting & delicious porridge !
    Nava the fact that you've been consistently blogging for three years,with all those wonderful clicks and dishes is simply amazing. I've been blogging for just 3 months and there are times that I feel tat I shud just shut it down :)And honestly you have a way with words,so don't give upon Blogging u'll definitely be missed. I've always wanted to tell u this,the way u comment is extremely encouraging.It takes a generous soul to comment so thoughtfully :)

  29. I can understand it becomes stressful for us if we have a job. But at the end of the day, it is something that we love to do. So buckle up your spirits Nava & keep doing what you love to do.

  30. Very sedap, Nava! I'm not sure I've had one with sago in it too, looks yum!

  31. this is a nice one. I like but cant eat a lot of this as Chinese believe it's very cooling. If pregnant langsung not allow to have this


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