Saturday, December 17, 2011

Nagasari ( Steamed Banana Dessert )

Nagasari is a steamed cake made from flour, coconut milk and sugar, filled with prefably Saba bananas ( pisang kepok ). It is usually wrapped in banana leaves before being steamed, or prepared with pandan that gives it aroma. It is commonly eaten as a snack in Indonesia.

As I was in a steaming banana mood, what could be more pefect right.

This recipe is taken from my helper who comes from Indonesia. She usually made this everytime guest comes to her house as all they had was uncooked rice, banana , coconut and necessary condiments.

I'm glad I could get hold of a real 'kampong' recipe.

Nagasari ( Steamed Banana Dessert )


1 cup - Rice Flour
5 cups - Coconut Milk ( i used fresh coconut milk sold in NTUC - not Kara )
2 tbl spoons - Corn flour
3 table spoons - Caster sugar ( it's also according to your sweet taste bud )
1/2 teaspoon - salt
5 - Saba bananas ( Pisang kepok )
2 pandan leaves - for boiling
Banana leaves - for wrapping


Tear up the banana leaf to a 15cm length and 10cm wide ( on estimation ) and wither over the steamer for 5 mins.

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, sugar and mix well.

Pour over a saucepan and stir over medium heat until thick and set aside.

This is how the consistency should be
 Take one spoon dough , flattened it on a plastic sheet for easy moulding & place the cut banana in the centre as above picture.
Banana all wrapped up
Place it on the withered banana leaf
Wrap by folding the left and right

Well, these are my little mini Nagasari.

Steam in a steamer with boiling water for about 15 to 20 min. After 15 mins, you may open up the wrap to check if the banana is cooked. If it's not then you may steam for another 5 - 10 mins
Tip: Sprinkle the wraps with water to avoid the leaves from going dark.
 These goes great with a cup of tea on these rainy afternoons.

Enjoy your weekend!

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