Friday, October 14, 2011

SAGO DESSERT WITH RED BEANS AND COCOA RECIPE. NUSANTARA SAGO DESSERT RECIPE

SAGO DESSERT WITH RED BEANS AND  COCOA  RECIPE

SAGO PEARLS WITH RED BEANS AND COCOA
Ingredients: from cooking-varieties exclusive recipe

2 cups sago pearls
2 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 cup red beans – soak overnight and boil
 tablespoon sugar
Banana leaves (about 20 pieces, cut into 11 cm width)

 Wash the red beans and soak overnight in the fridge, to soften them a bit. Next, boil until cooked and the beans cracked up. Drain away water and coarse blend. Set aside.
When boiling, you may add about 1 cm ginger into the water to get rid of wind/ gas from beans. Once boiling is done, remove the ginger. 
Over here, you can buy banana leaves from the wet market. Banana leaves need to be softened or slightly wilted, so that it won’t tear off, when folded.  To do this, you can heat the leaf over your stove fire for a few seconds. Or you can put it under the hot sun for 30-40 minutes.

You may substitute this with some other large non-poisonous leaves. The leaf texture should not be too soft.  Wrapping them with leaves, makes the sago cooked with excellent results. If it is  too soft and soggy, it means the dessert is already ruined. This happens especially when sago is boiled directly in water. This is the intricate part of cooking sago, although the recipe is very simple to follow.
When that is done, cut the banana leaves into pieces, about 11 cm wide and set aside. Leave the length as it is.
 Wash sago pearls and drain away water. Do not use strainer. The sago is wet enough to enable it to soften- with plenty of moisture but not soggy.
Using a mixing bowl, add in about 6 tablespoons hot water, sugar and cocoa. Stir until  dissolved. Add in sago pearls and red beans. Mix well and ensure that all ingredients are properly mixed.  Set aside and cover  bowl  for 15-20 minutes  to allow the ingredients to blend well and  to let the sago soften a bit.

Boil water in a Steamer pot.

While waiting for water to boil, start wrapping up the sago using banana leaves.
Shape banana leaf into a cone, fill it up with sago and press down the sago using a spoon (not too compressed). Fold the top to close the cone. Place and arrange this cone directly onto the Steamer pan. Repeat this, until all sago has been wrapped up. Put pan on Steamer pot. Cover with lid and let it cook for about 15- 20 minutes- depending on your steamer size/layers of cones stacked, as in the case of a small-size steamer.
You can open up one cone and check- if sago has turned translucent color, then it is already cooked. Remove from Steamer and leave to cool. When serving, do not remove the leaves because it enhances the authenticity of the dessert.

42 comments:

  1. Love red beans, and this must be aromatic esp wrapping in banana leaves plus cocoa - never tried before.

    They claim red beans help increase milk production, I took it almost daily while breastfeeding my babies..

    Cheers

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  2. Wan,this is real awesome!! never tried a dessert with red beans and a perfect healthy one!! steaming makes it all the more lovely..We have a similar kind with rice flour and jaggery..

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  3. These look simply delicious! Love the banana leaves.

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  4. Luvly Dessert,Very impressive and colourful Dear.Luv it.

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  5. Somehow I can just feel the taste of the dish at this moment...looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

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  6. Looks so delicious and wrapped in banana leaves, I bet the fragrant and taste would have been on top of the world.

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  7. This looks lovely and delicious.

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  8. Delicious and flavorful dish,looks so yummy and healthy.

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  9. Great fusion dessert incorporating cocoa

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  10. I'm not a big fan of read bean.. but this one looks really nice!

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  11. Many thanks to Katrina, Julie, kitchen flavors, yummy chunklet, kalyan, nava, zarina, hemalata, three cookies and nashnordin for your kind visits and sweet comments. Have a wonderful day

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  12. wonderful recipe new to me but try it

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  13. What an exiting idea to try.Desert with beans:) Can not wait;))

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  14. The photos make me drool. Thy look so delicious! This is a must try recipe. Thank you, Wan, for sharing. :)

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  15. looks like abok abok sago but with red beans! must be very nice!

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  16. Wow... This looks amazing.... We make something similar to this wrapped in leaves called "kozhukattai: in southern part of India ;-) ;-)

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  17. That tip for adding 1 cm of ginger to the water when boiling beans, has to be one of the most valuable tips I've seen anywhere before. Thanks so much I'm sure going to try it.

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  18. Hi, ini la best! I have never seen nor eaten this before.
    And your beautiful blog black template background really enhances your pics. Macham 3D!
    Looking at your beautiful well taken pics, I think 4 pieces will do me fine, ha ha ha.

    If I am your neighbour I'll buy goreng pisang or durians, rambutans bring your house so boleh dapat jemput try your exceptional, one spoon in mouth wanting more..... cakes.
    Love the colours too....and how you wrapped them up.....very classy. Looks like designer cakes, ha ha.
    Have fun and keep a song in your heart.
    Lee.

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  19. The other day I tried red beans in dessert for first time - I loved it! Your creation looks very exotic!

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  20. Those look so delicious! I love the idea of steamed cakes. Are the red beans Mung beans? I've heard they're sticky-sweet and perfect for desserts. Thanks for sharing, Wan!

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  21. Hi and many thanks for the kind visits and comments from santosh, dzoli, cindyrina, balqis, lena, emreem, jennie, lee, jasna and Ann.

    To all who have visited/ commented on this recipe, Happy blogging…. and I wish you all a wonderful week.. your compliments really makes my day cheerful

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  22. Lovely recipe and I think when wrapped in banana leaves it adds a special flavor to this sweet cones!

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  23. u always come with something different....love ths...looks yummy too....got a receipe for diwali

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  24. Red bean ?? never ever tasted that .. you post different dishes always !!

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  25. sounds scrumptiously tasty dear..excellent try wiht gorgeous cliks..
    Tasty Appetite

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  26. we have the same one here Wan..it is called "suman"..but I never thought of putting red beans with it..usually suman here are mixed with coconut and sugar!..hmmmmm..maybe I could request adding red beans to it..thank you :0

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  27. You have done it again ...another piece of art! Yum.

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  28. many thanks to sutapa, nisha, jay, sheril, sie and 1-2Punch for your kind visits and sweet comments.
    have a wonderful week

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  29. Nice twist to the classic sago dessert! Simply fantastic dear...

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  30. What a cool sago dessert! I love the addition of cocoa here...that lends extra flavour and colour to those great desserts.

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  31. wow, this is so interesting, looks absolutely yummy,love using banana leaves for steaming..

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  32. It is very new to me. But I am very happy to know and learn how to do this. I have started my blog to know/learn/eat recipes like this only.:-)

    Cheers,
    Uma
    My Kitchen Experiments

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  33. Thank you trick and treat, angie and sobha for your kind visits and sweet commnents.
    the cocoa does enrich the flavor of sago.
    i like eating this this kind of dessert, not too heavy for the tummy.
    @ Ann, red beans are not mung beans, i email you photos
    have a wonderful day

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  35. Thank you for answering my question regarding the beans, Wan...I sure do appreciate it! These still look delicious!

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  36. This looks really delicious..I should try this as soon as possible.thanks for the recipe dear..Following your blog straight away..If you have time Check out my blog too..

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/
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  37. WOw!Sago for desert its good.Here in PH sago is best for Halo2x, Lugaw and Ice candies as well.I love also drinks from Zagu, the maker of mixed drink of cocoa or any flavor with pearl-size Sago very yummy ever!

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  38. foodie and tasting spot, Ann, Aarthi and Bennix for your kind visits and sweet comment.

    @ food tasting spot- thanks, i feel good, will look into this

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  39. on the above comment, i meant to say "many thanks to food tasting spot, ann, aarthi and bennix"

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  40. looks yummy!! I think I have tasted a dish similar to this here in Singapore...I am sure this is tasty too

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