Sago (Tapioca) Porridge

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  • Total: 12 mins
  • Prep: 6 mins
  • Cook: 6 mins
  • Pre-soaking Sago: 4 mins
  • Yield: 4 Cups (4 Servings)

Tiny white pearls of sago (tapioca) are boiled until they are translucent and then sweetened with milk and sugar. Cinnamon is the spice flavoring of choice but cardamom works great too. The bubbles at the bottom of the bowl or cup make for a delightful surprise as they slide down your throat.


  • 1/2 cup sago
  • 2 1/2 cups water (divided)
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick (or gently bruise 2 green cardamom pods)
  • Sugar and milk to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Soak sage with 1/2 cup water for 4 minutes.

  2. While the Sago is soaking, add 2 cups of water along with the cinnamon stick (or cardamom) to a saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil.

  3. Add soaked Sago along with any residual soaking liquid to the boiling water. Stir.

  4. Lower the heat to low, cover pot and let simmer for 6 minutes or until the Sago is translucent.

  5. Remove from heat, sweeten with sugar and milk to taste.