South African Sago pudding Recipes


This delicious sago pudding is gluten free, super easy and cheap to make. There are loads of variations and it’s the perfect warming treat!

Serves: 4

Time to make: 16 mins , plus 1 hr soaking

Hands-on time: 1 min



  • 2 cups skim/skim milk
  • ½ cup sago
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence


  1. Pour milk into a large microwaveable dish. Add sago and let it soak for 1 hour.

2. Microwave sago on high for 4 minutes. Stir. Microwave sago on high for 4 more minutes. Stir then microwave sago on medium for 5 minutes. By now mixture should be thick, with glassy beads of sago showing through. If not, microwave again on medium for 1 minute at a time until cooked.

3. Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla together in a cup then quickly stir it into hot sago mixture.

4. Microwave sago on medium for 2 minutes then serve hot. Serving suggestion This pudding is delicious with a fruit salad or with a tablespoon


  • You can add a subtle flavour to the dish by using dark sugar or honey.
  • Use stevia instead of sugar for a less energy-rich dessert. Read the stevia container to find out how much to use: it can be as little as 1/2 teaspoon, depending on the brand.
  • Try sprinkling some cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom on top of the pudding just before serving.

HFG tip

  • Use oven gloves to remove the dish from the microwave each time it is stirred as it will become hot as the sago cooks.
  • You can store the pudding in the fridge and reheat it the next day.

What is sago?

Sago is the starchy inside part of the trunk of a sago palm. The beads are produced by separating the starch from other parts of the plant then forming this extract into a dough. The dough is then forced through a sieve before being heated at high temperatures. You can buy sago from the baking aisle at the supermarket.

Nutrition Info (per serve)

  • Calories201cal
  • Kilojoules840kJ
  • Protein8g
  • Total fat2g
  • Saturated fat1g
  • Carbohydrates35g
  • Sugars20g
  • dietary fibre N/S
  • Sodium100mg
  • Calcium190mg
  • Iron0.5mg