Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sweet Potato Balls In Coconut Sauce (Kolak Biji Salak)

This sweet treat is popular in Indonesia, usually eaten warm as dessert
I myself like eating it both warm or cold, as dessert or simply as a snack

The name is widely known as 'Kolak Biji Salak' which I assume based on the resemblance from the shape of the little balls
Salak is one popular tropical fruit 'Salacca' and Biji is 'Seed'
Kolak is a term for desserts using sauce made of mainly coconut milk & palm sugar

Recipe is from Hesti's Kitchen
What you need:
For the sweet potato balls:
500g yellow flesh sweet potatoes - steamed and mashed while hot til smooth
100g tapioca starch
1/2 tsp salt
For the palm sugar sauce:
250g palm sugar
1/2 tsp salt
600ml water
2 pcs of pandan leaves
2 tbsp tapioca starch / sago flour, dilute with 2 tbsp water
For the coconut sauce:
(mix everything together and bring to boil while stirring occasionally)
250ml coconut milk
1/2 tsp salt
2 pcs of pandan leaves
  1. Making the sweet potato balls: Mix evenly mashed sweet potato, tapioca starch and salt. Shape into little oblong shaped balls. Bring a pot of water to boil. Put in all the balls in it and let cook til all float. Drain and set aside
  2. Making the palm sugar sauce: In a pot, mix in palm sugar, salt, water and pandan leaves. Bring to boil and then strain. Over medium fire, add in tapioca starch mixture and cook again til boiling and thickened
  3. Add in sweet potato balls into the palm sugar sauce, let it boil for awhile and remove from heat
  4. Just before serving, drizzle coconut sauce on top in each serving bowl
After drizzling with coconut sauce, stir everything in
Ready to eat! Mine was not so oblong nor round LOL

This post is for Best Recipes for Everyone Mar2015 Event Theme: My Favourite Traditional Kueh by Fion of XuanHom's Mom and co-host by Joceline of Butter, Flour & Me


  1. So nice, must b good taste with coconut aroma.
    Thanks for link & share.. Good Day!

  2. Sounds like tang yuan,but eat with coconut milk,yummy



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