Banana-Coconut Pudding

"Children love this cooling, Malay-influenced pudding. Very easy, and soothing after a spicy meal."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • In a small bowl, soften tapioca in warm water to cover 1 hour.
  • While tapioca is soaking, in a small saucepan, cook coconut milk, ginger and sugar over moderate heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved.
  • Remove pan from heat and let mixture stand 10 minutes.
  • Drain tapioca.
  • Peel bananas and quarter lengthwise.
  • Cut quarters into ½ inch pieces.
  • Heat coconut milk mixture over low heat and gently stir in tapioca and bananas.
  • Cook pudding, stirring (be careful not to break up bananas), until thickened slightly and bananas are heated through, about 5 minutes, and cool.
  • Divide pudding among six ramekins and chill, covered, until cold.
  • Garnish puddings with crystallized ginger.

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  1. I finally prepared the Tapioca I have, and this recipe is great! Thank you! I didn't use bananas though, I used Melon after cooling, and I unfortunately over soaked the Tapioca so it was a bit too soft, but it was still great.
  2. I made this recipe using canned bananas. I bought them in an Asian market. The canned bananas are not as fragile. I didn't add the ginger. It turned out exactly like the pudding made by my friend from Vietnam that he made from memory. It is a wonderful ending to an Asian meal.
  3. Interesting pudding but I think it is missing something or maybe I am just used to pudding made with regular milk instead of the coconut. Thanks for sharing!


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