Tuesday, May 21, 2013


A traditional South African Cape Malay recipe, the taste is so rich and sugary. Boeber is traditionally served on the fifteenth night of Ramadan to celebrate the middle of the fast. The more sago you use, the thicker the boeber will be. On the other hand, the less sago you add the more liquid it will be.
100 g butter
75 ml sago
200 ml water to soak the sago
250 ml vermicelli
3 cinnamon sticks
5 cardamoms
50 g sultanas
2 litres milk
15 ml rose water (optional)
150 - 200ml white sugar (depending on your taste buds)
50 g blanched almonds

1.       Soak the sago in the water for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan.
2.       When it has melted, add the vermicelli and toss it so that the butter covers it and it starts to go golden brown.
3.       Add the cardamom, cinnamon and the sultanas.
4.       Stir before pouring the milk into the pan.
5.       Bring to the boil before adding the pre-soaked sago and then simmer for about 30 minutes stirring constantly otherwise it will stick. The sago should become transparent.
6.       Add the rose water (if using), sugar and almonds and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes or so. Serve hot and enjoy!!!
7.       Serve hot and prepare to enjoy this rich, spicy pudding or drink...

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