Easy Thai Dessert: Tapioca and Corn Pudding

Thai Tapioca and Corn Pudding
Thai Tapioca and Corn Pudding | Source

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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4.4 stars from 8 ratings of Thai Tapioca and Corn Pudding

Cook Time

  • Cook time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 15 min
  • Yields: 1 serving (about 1 cup)


  • 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
Tapioca Pearls (dry)
Tapioca Pearls (dry) | Source

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

Cooking Tapioca Pearls
Cooking Tapioca Pearls | Source
Tapioca and Corn Pudding - Ready to Be Served!
Tapioca and Corn Pudding - Ready to Be Served! | Source

Instructions: How to Make Tapioca and Corn Pudding

  1. Put coconut milk and water in a saucepan.
  2. Bring it to a boil.
  3. Add sugar, pandan extract, salt and tapioca pearls.
  4. 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.
  5. Add corn kernels and gently stir together.
  6. Let simmer for another 2 - 3 minutes.
  7. Remove from stove. Serve warm in a cup or a bowl. Garnish with a few extra corn kernels (optional).

Calorie and Nutrition Info

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 410
Calories from Fat135
% Daily Value *
Fat 15 g23%
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 12 g
Carbohydrates 45 g15%
Sugar 13 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 5 g10%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 345 mg14%
* 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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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

I haven't made tapicoa pudding for a very long time and your recipe looks delicious. Thanks for sharing some good food ideas and recipes.

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Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

Wow this tapioca and corn pudding dessert recipe looks really good. The images you have make the dessert look really delicious. Now I want to have some. The recipe seems pretty easy to make and doesn't take much time at all.

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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

I can see why this is a comfort food! Who could resist creamy pudding made with coconut milk? I would like the addition of more coconut, too. I also enjoyed the additional information about tapioca. Thanks!

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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

What a great simple recipe! It sounds delicious and perfect for warmer weather. Thanks for sharing.

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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This recipe does sound delicious, just like the other recipes on this page, Om. I love the look of Thai desserts! The recipes are educational for me, too, because I'm learning about new ingredients. Thanks for sharing the information.

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Marcy Goodfleisch 3 years ago from Planet Earth

What a great recipe, and it looks like you have a wonderful collection of some of my favorite Thai treats! I love Black Rice Pudding, in particular, but have never known how to make it, so I will read that one, too. Thank you, thank you!

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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Thank you for this recipe. I remembered a sweet custard like pudding that we used to prepare in our hometown. I did not know that these pearls were made from tapioca. Thank you for sharing this with us. It is very easy and definitely worth a try.

Voted up, interesting, pinning and sharing!

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Natashalh 3 years ago from Hawaii

I love tapioca pudding, but I've never had it with corn! Pinning!

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moonlake 3 years ago from America

My husband loves tapioca he would love the recipe. Vote up and five stars.

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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago Author

Hi Everyone! Thanks so much for your kind words, votes and pins. I'm so glad you guys find this Thai dessert recipe interesting and worth-trying! :)

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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Mmm, this looks great! I have had tapioca pudding, but have never made it from scratch. I have had a type of corn pudding, but nothing like this! I want to try this sometime. I also like your selection of other tasty desserts. It's very clever to add them at the end, with the description and photo. I'll check them out at some point.

Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a wonderful night.

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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago Author

@Kathryn Stratford - Thanks! Hope you try this Thai tapioca pudding and maybe also some of my other recipes soon. :)

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KDeus 3 years ago from Florida

I love tapioca pudding, but have never had it with corn! I'm very much looking forward to trying your Thai Tapioca recipe! Thank you for sharing it with us! Voted up, shared, and pinned!

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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago Author

@KDeus - Hope you give this Thai dessert recipe a try soon! I'm sure you'll like it :)

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KDeus 3 years ago from Florida

Om, I made this tonight and I wanted to let you know that I absolutely loved it! I added the pandan extract, too, that I easily found at my local Asian market. I will definitely be making this again soon! Thank you for introducing me to something new!

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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago Author

@KDeus - Awesome! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :D

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