Nilupak is a delicious Filipino treat made from cassava. This is enjoyed in the Philippines as a snack and it can also be considered as a dessert, sometimes. Other ingredients involved are grated or shredded coconut, condensed milk, and butter or margarine. There are other Nilupak versions that make use of saba banana.
The traditional Nilupak recipe requires the use of fresh cassava root. The cassava is peeled, cleaned, and boiled until the texture is soft. It is then mashed and the rest of the ingredients are combined and mixed, afterwards. I think that the name of this dish (nilupak) was derived from the traditional method of it’s preparation – nilupak is a Filipino word and it’s English translation is “to mash” or “to crush”.
This Nilupak Recipe that we have here is quite different from the traditional recipe mainly because of the state of the cassava available in the market. I only have access to frozen grated cassava, which are imported from the Philippines. Since it is not a good idea to boil grated or shredded cassava, we’ll be making nilupak over the stovetop. There will be no boiling involved, but the process will still be simple. As for the taste, it really good – it taste like Cassava cake with grated coconut in it.
Try this Nilupak Recipe. Enjoy!
- 1 lb. grated cassava
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1 can (14 oz.) condensed milk
- 3 tablespoons salted butter, softened
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Combine the grated cassava, shredded coconut, condensed milk, salt, and butter. Mix well.
- Place the mixture in a pan. Start to heat the pan and cook the mixture in low to medium heat for 20 to 25 minutes. Gradually stir the mixture while cooking.
- Scoop part of a mixture and place it in a mold such as a ramekin or small bowl. Drop the molded mixture in a serving plate lined with cut banana leaves and shredded coconut.
- Top with butter. Serve. Share and enjoy!