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Bubur Sumsum Gula Jawa: Coconut Pudding Dessert with Palm Sugar Syrup (Vegan)

Bubur Sumsum Gula Jawa: Coconut Pudding Dessert with Palm Sugar Syrup (Vegan)

  • Author: Deyana Goh
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Vegan


Bubur sumsum is a sweet coconut dessert, consisting of coagulated coconut milk with sugar syrup. It’s sweet, rich and vegan.



For pudding:

  • 150g rice flour
  • 1 litre coconut milk
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 pandan leaves, knotted

For sauce:

  • 200 g palm sugar (or any sugar)
  • 300 ml water
  • 1 pandan leaf, knotted

Bubur sumsum ingredients


  1. Prepare the sauce first, by boiling the water and adding the palm sugar and pandan leaf.
  2. Make sure all the sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Turn off the flame.
  3. Prepare to make the pudding. Divide the coconut milk into 2 equal portions of 500ml each.
  4. Mix the rice flour with one portion of coconut milk, beating the mixture until smooth.
  5. Put the other portion in a non-stick wok or pan, and heat over a low flame. Add the pandan leaves.
  6. When it starts to boil, lower the heat and add the rice flour mixture slowly. Stir constantly to avoid having lumps.
  7. Gradually, the liquid will evaporate and everything will coagulate into a smooth, sticky, gooey paste. This should take about 15-20 minutes. Turn off the flame.
  8. If you want to have it warm, you can serve immediately by portioning out the pudding and pouring the sauce over each portion.
  9. If you want to enjoy it cold, chill the pudding and the sauce separately in the fridge until ready to serve.


  • Use coconut milk instead of the more common coconut cream. If you have to use coconut cream, dilute 300 ml of the cream with 700 ml water.

Keywords: Non-spicy, Vegan, Common Ingredients, rice flour, pandan leaves, sweet