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Authentic Recipe of Papeda. Delicious Indonesian Traditional Sago Porridge from Maluku.

This recipe of Papeda is authentic and traditional, as native housewives and cooks from Maluku locally curate it. Don’t miss out on this one!

Things to know about Papeda Recipe

Most Indonesians consume rice as their main source of carbohydrates. Still, our relatives in the eastern region of Indonesia do not have the land nor the luxury of producing rice, so they opted for another source of carbohydrates, the sago plant. This unique dish, Papeda, is commonly consumed with seafood, typically fish like tuna or sea bass cooked in yellow turmeric broth.

Papeda, or sago porridge, is a culturally significant dish in the region of Maluku islands and Papua, not only as their main source of carbohydrates but also as a dish commonly used in many of the traditional rituals.

In Papua, there’s a traditional ritual called the Watani Kane, which is celebrated to mark the end of a death cycle of a person. It is given to the family that helps out the most with the rituals of the mourning family. In another culture, the Raja Ampat locals give praise to the gods for their harvest of the sago plant, it is very sacred in the region.

There is a lot of cultural significance to this dish, to name a few, celebrating the puberty of young girls, and serves as a painkiller for pregnant women. You would not want to miss out on this one.

Delicious Indonesian Traditional Sago Porridge from Maluku. Authentic Recipe of Papeda.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: Papeda
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Main Cooking Method Boiled


Servings 4 Portions
Calories / Serving 133 kcal


  • 250 grams (8.82 oz) Sago Flour
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp Salt
  • 1 L (33.81 floz) Water
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  • Into a saucepan, add ¾ of the water and bring it to a boil.
  • Into another pan, combine ¼ of the water, garlic, salt, and the sago flour. Mix well.
  • Once the water is boiled, slowly pour them into the sago mixture.
  • Cook the sago mixture over low heat while stirring continuously until it thickens into a glue-like consistency.
  • Once thick, turn off the heat and pour the papeda into a bowl.
  • The dish is ready to be served.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

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Calories: 133kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.01gSaturated Fat: 0.003gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.003gSodium: 939mgPotassium: 6mgFiber: 3gSugar: 0.01gVitamin A: 0.1IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 0.03mg
Keyword Indonesian Traditional Sago Porridge, Papeda Recipe
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What to serve with Papeda

This dish is best served with the fish you choose, preferably with tuna cooked in turmeric broth.

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