Easy Thai Dessert: Tapioca and Corn Pudding
This tapioca and corn pudding, known in Thai as "saku kao pod", is a popular dessert that many Thai natives consider to be a comfort food. What make this sweet dish so hard to resist are the creaminess of coconut milk, the exotic aroma of pandan, and the nice contrasting texture between chewy tapioca pearls and crunchy corn kernels. Better yet, such delicacy can be achieved in just about fifteen minutes. You don't have to be familiar with Thai cuisine at all in order to pull this one off!
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- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsps sugar
- 1 tsp pandan extract, (optional)
- 3 tbsps small tapioca pearls
- 1/2 cup whole sweet corn kernels
- a pinch of salt
What are tapioca pearls?
Tapioca pearls are starchy little balls, made from cassava roots. In the dry form, they are very hard and opaque in color. Once they are immersed in liquid and absorb some moisture, however, they quickly turn translucent, double in size, as well as become soft and slightly chewy in texture. Tapioca pearls are naturally white, yet also available in a variety of colors. In many Asian cuisines, these chewy balls are often used to add texture to desserts and drinks. As for their nutrition, tapioca pearls contain mainly carbohydrate and small amounts of dietary fiber, protein, calcium and iron. They may not be nutritious enough to be considered a "health food", but they surely have more to offer than just empty calories.
Some Other Good Ingredients to Add to This Dessert
- Shredded coconut
- Taro root, cut into tiny cubes
- Sweet potato, cut into tiny cubes
- Plain agar-agar or jello
- Chopped water chestnuts
Instructions: How to Make Tapioca and Corn Pudding
- Put coconut milk and water in a saucepan.
- Bring it to a boil.
- Add sugar, pandan extract, salt and tapioca pearls.
- Let simmer until the tapioca pearls are completely tender (about 5 - 10 minutes). Stir often, so that the tapioca pearls won't lump together on the bottom.
- Add corn kernels and gently stir together.
- Let simmer for another 2 - 3 minutes.
- Remove from stove. Serve warm in a cup or a bowl. Garnish with a few extra corn kernels (optional).
Calorie and Nutrition Info
|Serving size: 1 cup|
|Calories from Fat||135|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 15 g||23%|
|Saturated fat 0 g|
|Unsaturated fat 12 g|
|Carbohydrates 45 g||15%|
|Sugar 13 g|
|Fiber 2 g||8%|
|Protein 5 g||10%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 345 mg||14%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
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