Sago is a cereal acquired from the powdered pith of a sago palm. A type of flour, called sago flour, is made from sago It is starchy and used for making puddings and pancakes and for various other purposes. Sago is commonly used for cooking in India, Bangaladesh and Sri Lanka.
Traditionally,in our home,sago is cooked and eaten in the form of a pudding.It is in the spotlight during the festive seasons.It makes a good dessert and keeps us feeling warm and cosy during the cold wintry days.In summer, you can chill the pudding and enjoy it's thick texture. Sago is widely sold in the form of "pearls". Sago pearls can be boiled with water or milk and sugar to make a sweet sago pudding.I usually purchase white sago pearls to make a warm dessert.Some prefer to eat sago pudding or porriage with a serving of thick coconut milk.
¼ pound sago pearls
6-8 oz jaggery
½ teacup coconut milk
5 cardomom pods
A piece of cinnamon stick
A pinch of salt
A tablespoon sugar ( optional)
Wash and soak the sago pearls for about 15 minutes.Put the pearls into a pan,add the water ,cinnamon ,and the cardamons and bring it to a boil.Scrap the jaggery and add it to the cooking sago.Add a pinch of salt.At this point,( optional) you can add an extra tablespoon of sugar if you want the pudding to balance your taste buds..Now pour the coconut milk and stir it very well.Remove from heat and pour the contents into a glass dish.This will taste good when eaten warm. Some love to serve it with a spoonful of thick coconut milk/cream.
Remove the cinnamon stick and cardamom pods before serving.
Tip: Add an extra cup of water to the above recipe to make sago porridge. And add sugar according to taste.