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Sago pearl is an important ingredient to many desserts and beverages. Although it might seem easy to cook, it is important to understand the proper way of cooking it.
Sago pearls takes quite a while to prepare. If you plan to prepare dishes that require this ingredient, make sure that you prepare it ahead of time. So, how long does it take to cook sago? A straightforward answer will be 1 hour. However, the quality of the sago will not be the best at point. It is likely that the sago will still have an uncooked core.
I usually prepare sago at least 1 day before I will need it. It will take me at least an hour to boil the sago and 3 to 6 hours more to make everything translucent. You see, 1 hour of boiling will cook it completely, but the core will still be opaque. Leaving the sago in the cooking pot for several hours (the fire is turned off at this point and make sure to cover the cooking pot) gives it a chance to absorb more water, which makes the core translucent overtime.
Here is the recipe on how to cook sago. It is a very simple and straightforward process. I think that one important ingredient that I need to note there is time, but I know that you get my point, so I do not need to emphasize it.
- 1 cup uncooked sago or tapioca pearls
- 6 cups water
- 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
- Pour the water in a cooking pot. Let boil.
- Add-in the sago or tapioca pearls. Cover and boil in medium heat for 30 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes.
- Put-in the sugar. Stir. Continue to boil for 20 minutes. You can add more water if needed.
- Turn the heat off. For better results, let the sago or tapioca pearls remain in the cooking pot until it reaches room temperature.