Mango Sago Pomelo

Mango Sago with Grapefruit – Oct 2021
Mango Sago Pomelo – March 2015

Updated Sep 21st, 2020

We hosted Ramesh and Vibhav for a backyard lunch on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. A get-together with friends and family in 2020 is unusual to say the least. A clear sky with clean (good enough) air is also unusual in California after a disastrous summer of fire storms. We are ready to put summer and 2020 away and celebrate with good food and great company.

I cooked up a storm, as always, though there is only four of us to eat a table full of food.

We started with a great cocktail of Mango 🥭 Mojito specially made by Ramesh, and ended with a delicate dessert of Mango Sago Pomelo. Pomelo is not in season, so I substituted it with grapefruits. Great start and great ending. Hope 2021 is the same. Who thinks about the new year in September? We all do and ready to say goodbye 👋 to 2020.

Mango Mojito – the great start
Mango Sago – the great ending

First published Mar 8th, 2015

I like this delicate dessert for the refreshing sensation the ingredients bring. This is a chilled dessert. The mango is the anchor and provides the fragrance, the sago provides the grainy texture, and the tart pomelo is the gem!

  • Preparation time: 30 mins
  • Cook time: 30 mins
  • Serves 10


  • 1 litre mango juice
  • 300 ml evaporated milk
  • 2 large mango, finely cubed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 100g sago pearls
  • 1 pomelo, peeled and membranes removed, sacs separated


  1. Dissolve the sugar in the hot water. Cool and set the syrup aside.
  2. Bring a pot of water to boil. Add sago and simmer for about 10 minutes. Turn off heat and cover the pot with the lid and let the sago continue to cook for another 10 minutes. The sago should turn translucent when ready. Drain the sago in a fine sieve and run cold water through it to remove excess starch. Set aside.
  3. Puree 3/4 of the cubed mango in a blender. Add the mango juice, syrup, and the evaporated milk. Pulse for a few seconds until well blended. Add the sago, stir until the sago pearls are well separated. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator.
  4. To serve, portion out the mango milk blend into serving bowls. Garnish with the pomelo sacs and cubed mango.
  5. Enjoy.
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