Monday, March 23, 2015

Kuih Sagu Kukus (Steamed Sago Cake)


Cooking at home is not the same as what you see on TV cooking shows. At home you have to make do with the basic utensils you have in the space called kitchen. Can just be a small area without a fan and you sweat like crazy especially in the hot humid Malaysian weather. Cooking show on the other hand is a different story all together - beautifully set-up large kitchen, air- conditioned and with state of art equipments. 

My kitchen isn't that bad but sweating is unavoidable. I usually try my best to quickly cook and off to the hall to sit under the fan. Also, no fancy frilly dishes unless of course when we have guests which is seldom the case. Or to polish cake making skills. I can't any more say that I seldom bake for I have shared quite a lot of cake recipes (lemon tea loaf, pumpkin cakelemon grass cake, coco cola cake, honey dew melon cake, nescafe custard cake, suji cake, butter cake,butter cocoa cake, nescafe chocolate cake, milo cakemandarin orange cake and banana chocolate cake). Again, nothing spectacular. Yet with the concept "anyone can bake".

Now that my short collection of traditional kuih-muih/dessert recipes (pandan coconut panna cottasago gula melaka, white fungus ginkgo nut, bubur kacang hijau, bubur cha cha, rose sago gula melakaondeh ondeh and wajik) is stagnant, I want to add a couple more. Here's the sagu kuih -  not that difficult to make and such a treat for tea time.
Ingredients
200g/1 packet sago - soak in water for about an hour. In between rinse two or three times and drain off the water
4 to 5 pandan/screwpine leaves
2 1/2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp cornflour (to bind sago together)
Fresh grated coconut - as needed
Pinch of salt

Method
Blend/process pandan leaves with half cup of water.
Strain to extract the juice.
Pour into soaked sago.
Set aside for half an hour - to color and scent the sago.
Drain off the juice,
Gently mix sago with sugar and cornflour.
Pour into a lightly oiled baking tray/pan.
Steam till sago is translucent.
Remove from steamer and carefully cut into pieces.
Roll over coconut mixed with a pinch of salt.
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28 comments:

  1. interesting recipe...liked the flavour of grated coconut on top

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  2. So true!! Cooking on TV makes things look so clean and easy, whereas when I cook there's dirty pots and pans everywhere haha :)

    I was actually going to make something with sago the other day but then it completely slipped my mind as to what it was so I didn't make anything in the end. This looks so good though- I love the combination of pandan and coconut, and I love sago so definitely would love to try this!

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  3. These sago cakes look absolutely great, love that colour!

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  4. Loved the recipe..I like the coconut touch... I watch TV cooking shows just to kill time, but I really like homemade ones :)

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  5. oh, thats such a unique dish, never seen it before
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  6. O no..this post left me craving for coconut sweets and pregnancy cravings are hard to control!! Absolutely delicious post Nava <3

    Have a blessed week ahead!

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  7. Wow !!! this looks so delicious..i Don't know i could get screw pine leaves nearby.But i love to try these delicious cake for sure.

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  8. Very innovative... Color of the cake looks awesome :)

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  9. Those look yummy! I'd love to try those! <3 - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  10. This is new to me......looks so yumm and healthy...... :)

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  11. This looks so good, would love to taste it!!

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  12. I love sago in my desserts, but we use it very limited... this sago cake sounds so good, especially love that green color... can't agree to you more regarding the kitchen... even my kitchen is so warm that it can get really irritating at times... :)

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  13. i really loved the recipe and the way it looks :)

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  14. We made this during my school days. Very long time have not eaten this. Dont like those sold outside. full of coloring. I can imagine the nice taste of yours. With pandan and coconut...yum

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  15. my mum always cooked this, but she doesn't have the exact measurement, thanks for sharing.

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  16. All in all a healthy ,delicious & wonderful recipe .

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  17. Quite an interesting dish this is. Great presentation too..

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  18. looks yumm. i love any dish with coconut :D

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  19. Love how you've described home kitchen! So true! We just don't have that kind of luxury. Hahaha! Lovely desserts, dear! xoxo

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  20. This is a new dish for me..but superb recipe..a big thumbs up!!

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  21. Very interesting dish..loved the colour and that you have rolled it with coconut..yummy it looks

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  22. A steamed pudding that looks this delicious!! Love the look! Your post reminds me of all the washing up that I have to do. Summer is here and every little chore seems more exhausting now.:(

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  23. The dish looks awesome and colorful

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  24. nice! not an easy dish to make! Requires quite a good amount of effort!

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  25. An interesting dish...love its colour...yummmm

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  26. Colorful yummy dessert
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