An addictive Cantonese sweet dessert you can make any night of the week with just a few ingredients. Coconut & Mango Sago Pudding is light and refreshing, the perfect ending to a delicious meal.
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Coconut & Mango Sago Pudding is the dessert we turn to when dessert is 100% necessary in life. 😂
You don’t need to be prepared super well in advance.
All you need is a few basic ingredients that we often have sitting there waiting for us in our pantry just begging to be crafted into a sweetly delicious and innocent looking dessert.
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In this post, we’ll quickly go through:
- What is Coconut & Mango Sago Pudding?
- Is sago pudding healthy?
- How to make Coconut & Mango Sago Pudding
- What toppings go best with Coconut & Mango Sago Pudding?
What is Coconut & Mango Sago Pudding?
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.
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. If you’re concerned about using coconut cream, you can always opt for coconut milk which is thinner and lighter in fat content. 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 is a naturally sweet gluten-free dessert and can be a healthier alternative to European-style puddings.
How to make Coconut & Mango Sago Pudding
Coconut & Mango Sago is a great dessert for making in advance when you have guests to entertain or a busy evening schedule.
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.
Once cooked, it’s a matter of mixing in the sugar, topping with mango or your preferred fruit, and popping it in the fridge ready to serve when you are!
What toppings go best with sago pudding
Some of the more traditional toppings include:
- passionfruit syrup
But you could even try infusing with star anise and cinnamon, or pandan essence for a sweet vanilla hit, or opt for a tropical blend of coconut, mango and lime or caramelised ginger.
- 1 cup sago
- 300 ml water
- 400 ml coconut cream
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tin mango slices in syrup
- 1 tbsp dessicated coconut
- 6 mint sprigs
- In a medium saucepan, pour in your sago, coconut cream and water and allow to sit for 30 minutes.
- Place sago on medium heat and stir continuously to avoid sticking. The sago should cook through and become sticky in around 5-10 minutes.
- Remove sago from the heat and add in your sugar, stirring through.
- Spoon mixture into dessert glasses and allow to cool.
- Top with mango, dessicated coconut and mint, then chill until ready to be served.