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Jackfruit Sago Pudding Recipe

Jackfruit Sago Pudding Recipe

Credit: Christie Connelly

Inspiration for this dish came from my Singaporean friend Ju’eta, but I swapped out white sugar for coconut sugar with fantastic results. The coconut sugar creates a beautiful caramel sauce that’s tempered by the lemon-marinated jackfruit, resulting in a lovely balanced dessert.

Serves: 8–10



  • 1 cup small tapioca pearls
  • 150g tin young jackfruit, drained of brine
  • Juice ¼ lemon
  • ½ tsp pink salt
  • 1 cup coconut sugar + 2 tbsp extra
  • 1 lemongrass stick
  • 600mL coconut milk
  1. Add tapioca pearls to large bowl and cover with cold water. Allow to soak for 20 mins, then drain.
  2. Slice jackfruit into small pieces and place in small bowl with lemon juice, ¼ tsp salt and 2 tbsp coconut sugar. Mix and leave to marinate.
  3. Slice lemongrass stick into 3 pieces and press down on each with blade of large knife to bruise it and release the flavour. Place in saucepan with coconut milk over medium heat. Cook for a few minutes until hot then stir in cup of coconut sugar and bring to boil. Boil briefly for 2 mins then remove lemongrass and discard.
  4. Turn heat down to low and add drained tapioca pearls. Stir for 2 mins, then take off heat. Allow to sit for 5 mins until all pearls are translucent.
  5. Stir through marinated jackfruit and spoon into 8–10 serving glasses.
  6. Chill for at least 3 hours, then serve.


Christie Connelly

Christie publishes the popular Australian food blog Fig & Cherry featuring healthy, family-friendly meals and sweet treats with mouth-watering photography to match. Christie draws recipe inspiration from her Hungarian and Lebanese heritages, her travel adventures and, of course, the amazing fertile soil of the Northern Rivers with its abundance of local organic fruits, vegetables, delicious native produce and healthy free-range-reared animals. Her passion is educating parents, grandparents and carers how to shop for, prepare and cook healthy, nutritious food and to encourage children to enjoy it as well.