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Sago Pudding with Coconut & Mango

02/05/2019 (Last Updated: 05/12/2019)
 

Make this sweet South East Asian dessert any night of the week with just a few ingredients. Sago pudding is super light and refreshing, the perfect ending to a delicious meal!

A glass of sago pudding topped with mango slices.

Why We Love This Recipe

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  • Sago Pudding with coconut milk and mango is the easy dessert recipe we turn to when dessert is 100% necessary. You don’t need to be prepared super well in advance. All you need is a few basic ingredients that we often have in our pantry,  ready to be crafted into a sweetly delicious and innocent looking dessert.
  • Coconut & Mango Sago is a great dessert for making in advance when you have guests to entertain or a busy evening schedule.

A glass of sago pudding topped with mango slices.

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Two glasses of sago pudding topped with mango slices.

What is Sago Pudding?

Coconut & Mango Sago Pudding is a sweetened Asian dessert made with sago pearls stewed into a pudding with coconut cream, sugar and fruit topping. It’s super popular across South East Asia (Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore & Thailand) as well as mainland China.

 

Sago vs Tapioca

Sago pearls are made from starch extracted from sago palm stems. They have a similar look, taste and feel to tapioca pearls, however tapioca is made from cassava roots. You might have already come across them as the deliciously chewy balls in the bottom of Asian bubble teas. 

A glass of sago pudding topped with mango slices.

What You’ll Need

 

How to make Sago Pudding with Coconut & Mango

In a medium saucepan, pour in your sago, coconut cream and water and allow to sit for 30 minutes.

Pouring coconut milk into the sago pearls.

Place sago on medium heat and stir continuously to avoid sticking. The sago should cook through and become sticky in around 5-10 minutes.

Cooking sago pearls in coconut milk.

Remove sago from the heat and add in your sugar, stirring through.

Adding sugar to sweeten the cooked coconut sago pudding mixture.

Spoon mixture into dessert glasses and allow to cool.

Adding a spoonful of mango syrup to the sago pudding bowls.

Top with mango, desiccated coconut and mint, then chill until ready to be served.

Sprinkling desiccated coconut onto the finished cups of sago pudding.

 

What Toppings Go Best with Sago Pudding

Some of the more traditional toppings include:

  • Mango
  • Passionfruit syrup
  • Banana

Mouth. Watering.  But you could also try:

  • Smashed berries, or berry compote
  • Sweet ginger syrup

 

Tips

  • When making the sago, the trick is to soak it in the water and coconut first for half an hour to help soften it and quicken the hands-on time it takes to stir it continuously on the stove.

Two glasses of sago pudding topped with mango slices.

FAQs

Is sago pudding healthy?

Sago is gluten free, low in fat, and prized for its carbohydrates, making it a great filler or staple food. You’ll usually find it paired with other ingredients that are nutrient-dense but low in calories, where it lends its superpower as a rich source of energy. 

Coconut cream, meanwhile, is high in fat content. Some people avoid coconut cream for this reason, but like everything, it’s fine in moderation. Coconut cream is a delicious alternative to dairy milk and its health benefits even include lowering cholesterol levels and boosting the immune system!

Enjoyed in moderation, coconut sago pudding is a naturally sweet gluten-free dessert and can be a healthier alternative to European-style puddings. 

Is sago pudding gluten free?

Yes! Sago is naturally gluten free, so it makes the perfect gluten free dessert. 

Can you prepare sago pudding in advance? 

You can prepare this dessert the day before or in the morning, to free up more time to work on your other courses or spend time with guests.

Can you freeze sago pudding?

Yes, you can freeze sago pudding for around three to four months. It’s best to store the pudding separately from any toppings so that it will be easier to reheat. 

How to reheat sago pudding?

To reheat, simmer or steam over a low heat and keep stirring the sago pudding mixture until it is heated through and the sago pearls are soft and chewy once more. Top with fresh toppings and serve warm or cold according to preference. 

 

Variations & Substitutes

  • If you’re concerned about using coconut cream, you can always opt for coconut milk which is thinner and lighter in fat content.
  • For a spicier version, try infusing your sago pudding with star anise and cinnamon, or pandan essence for a sweet vanilla hit.
  • For a tropical blend, try coconut, mango and lime with caramelised ginger.

 

Other Sweet Dessert Recipes To Try

 

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A glass of sago pudding topped with mango slices.

Sago Pudding with Coconut & Mango

Make this sweet sago pudding dessert any night of the week with just a few ingredients. Sago pudding is super light and refreshing, the perfect ending to a delicious meal!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 369kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • Saucepan
  • Serving dishes or glass dessert bowls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sago
  • 300 ml water
  • 400 ml coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tin mango slices in syrup
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 6 mint sprigs

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, pour in your sago, coconut cream and water and allow to sit for 30 minutes.
    Pouring coconut milk into the sago pearls.
  • Place sago on medium heat and stir continuously to avoid sticking. The sago should cook through and become sticky in around 5-10 minutes.
    Cooking sago pearls in coconut milk.
  • Remove sago from the heat and add in your sugar, stirring through.
    Adding sugar to sweeten the cooked coconut sago pudding mixture.
  • Spoon mixture into dessert glasses and allow to cool.
    Adding a spoonful of mango syrup to the sago pudding bowls.
  • Top with mango, desiccated coconut and mint, then chill until ready to be served.
    Sprinkling desiccated coconut onto the finished cups of sago pudding.

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Notes

Tips

  • When making the sago, the trick is to soak it in the water and coconut first for half an hour to help soften it and quicken the hands-on time it takes to stir it continuously on the stove.
 

FAQs

  • Is sago pudding healthy? Sago is gluten free, low in fat, and prized for its carbohydrates, making it a great filler or staple food. You'll usually find it paired with other ingredients that are nutrient-dense but low in calories, where it lends its superpower as a rich source of energy. Coconut cream, meanwhile, is high in fat content. Some people avoid coconut cream for this reason, but like everything, it's fine in moderation. Coconut cream is a delicious alternative to dairy milk and its health benefits even include lowering cholesterol levels and boosting the immune system! Enjoyed in moderation, coconut sago pudding is a naturally sweet gluten-free dessert and can be a healthier alternative to European-style puddings. 
  • Is sago pudding gluten free? Yes! Sago is naturally gluten free, so it makes the perfect gluten free dessert. 
  • Can you prepare sago pudding in advance? You can prepare this dessert the day before or in the morning, to free up more time to work on your other courses or spend time with guests.
  • Can you freeze sago pudding? Yes, you can freeze sago pudding for around three to four months. It's best to store the pudding separately from any toppings so that it will be easier to reheat. 
  • How to reheat sago pudding? To reheat, simmer or steam over a low heat and keep stirring the sago pudding mixture until it is heated through and the sago pearls are soft and chewy once more. Top with fresh toppings and serve warm or cold according to preference. 

 

Variations & Substitutes

  • If you're concerned about using coconut cream, you can always opt for coconut milk which is thinner and lighter in fat content.
  • For a spicier version, try infusing your sago pudding with star anise and cinnamon, or pandan essence for a sweet vanilla hit.
  • For a tropical blend, try coconut, mango and lime with caramelised ginger.
 
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 42IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 2mg
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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Danielle
    28/10/2019 at 12:21 am

    Another great way to enjoy mango-coconut flavors combination. And the fact that it is so light makes it a versatile recipe, too – perfect!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      07/11/2019 at 12:18 pm

      Haha I know right, is there a sweeter flavour combo in life? 😉

  • Reply
    Claudia Canu
    27/10/2019 at 8:20 pm

    I have tried this the other day and it was delicious! Everyone at home loved it!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      07/11/2019 at 12:18 pm

      That’s great to hear Claudia, thanks for letting us know!

  • Reply
    Anjali
    27/10/2019 at 3:56 pm

    This turned out to be absolutely beautiful and is surprisingly easy to make!! My kids loved it too!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      07/11/2019 at 12:17 pm

      Aww yay Anjali glad you guys enjoyed them!

  • Reply
    Beth
    27/10/2019 at 3:52 pm

    What a beautiful dessert! This would be an amazing treat for a dinner party!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      07/11/2019 at 12:17 pm

      Agreed! They look super cute in the clear glass don’t you think? 🙂

  • Reply
    Chef Mireille
    27/10/2019 at 11:49 am

    I love the flavors in this and I am also a lover of sago pudding. This is definitely my kind of treat!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      07/11/2019 at 12:16 pm

      Hope you enjoy the flavour combo Mireille!

  • Reply
    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    29/07/2019 at 4:59 pm

    This looks so good, full of summer flavour!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      31/07/2019 at 10:49 am

      I know! Best part is we can enjoy the flavours of summer anytime with this dish!

  • Reply
    Jere Cassidy
    07/05/2019 at 2:44 pm

    This looks awesome. I love alll the flavors.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      15/05/2019 at 9:31 am

      Oh thanks Jere! It is a pretty awesome flavour combo. You can also add pandan flavouring if you wanted to kick it up another notch!

  • Reply
    Adriana
    07/05/2019 at 2:37 pm

    What a perfect easy dessert love it for teh hot Florida weather most definitly need ot try it soon. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      15/05/2019 at 9:35 am

      Thanks Adriana! We love that you can soak them in advance to cut down on the cooking time, especially when you don’t want to be slaving over a stove in the heat!

  • Reply
    Beth
    07/05/2019 at 2:11 pm

    I can tell that I am going to love, love this dessert! Mangos are my all time favorite so this is now my all time favorite!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      15/05/2019 at 9:36 am

      Ohh yay! That’s exciting Beth! Mangoes are the bomb!Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Veena Azmanov
    07/05/2019 at 1:46 pm

    Lovely presentation and a surely delicious dessert. Love the Mango option too. The flavor of coconut and combination of ingredients amazing.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      15/05/2019 at 9:37 am

      Thanks for your feedback Veena! It is a combo that works well. You can also try adding passionfruit if you wanted even more texture!

  • Reply
    Adrianne
    07/05/2019 at 1:42 pm

    This is such a pretty looking recipe! I love the photos and it sounds delicious. I look forward to making it and tasting what sounds like great flavours!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      15/05/2019 at 9:38 am

      Cheers Adrianne! Thank you for your kind words, hope you have fun cooking this one!

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