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Nagasari Pisang: Coconut Cakes with Banana (Vegan)

Nagasari Pisang: Steamed Coconut Cakes with Banana (Vegan)

  • Author: Deyana Goh
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Desserts, Snacks
  • Method: Steaming
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Vegan


Nagasari pisang is a classic Indonesian sweet snack consisting of little packets of banana leaves that contain steamed cakes of coconut milk thickened with flour, stuffed with sliced bananas.


  • 100g rice flour
  • 20g tapioca flour
  • 30g sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 4 small ripe bananas
  • 4 banana leaves


  1. Mix the rice flour, tapioca flour, sugar, salt, and coconut milk in a large cooking pan.
  2. Stir until the mixture becomes smooth.
  3. Heat the cooking pan over low heat. Stir continuously until the mixture coagulates into a smooth, solid ball, about 15 min. Turn off the stove.

    Stir until the mixture becomes smooth

  4. Meanwhile, slice each banana into two, and then into approx 2-3″ long pieces.

    Slice the bananas

  5. Put aside 4 banana leaves, and cut into squares approximately 12” by 12”. Put a smaller piece of banana leaf about 4″ x 4″ in the middle of each larger leaf.

    Put aside 4 banana leaves

  6. In the centre of each banana leaf, place a tablespoon of the coconut/flour mixture.

    place a tablespoon of the coconut/flour mixture

  7. Take a piece of the banana and place it in the centre of the banana leaf, on top of the mixture.

    Take a piece of the banana and place it in the centre

  8. Press the banana into the flour. If any part of the banana is exposed, cover with flour.
  9. Cover the banana/flour by folding the banana leaf tightly, making sure the filling isn’t exposed, to form a little banana leaf packet.

    fold the banana leaf tightly

  10. Repeat this for all the banana leaves.
  11. Steam the banana leaf packets for 20 minutes.

    Steam the banana leaf packets

  12. Serve immediately, or refrigerate to enjoy them cold!


  • You can then proceed to eat Nagasari hot, or keep it in the fridge and have it cold. In the fridge, it can last up to a week.

Keywords: Non-spicy, Tapioca, rice flour