This dish is called ‘chè chuối’ in Vietnamese. Chè means pudding and chuối means banana. Traditionally, this dish is made with banana, coconut milk and tapioca pearls. Tapioca is a starch extracted from the cassava root. Tapioca helps to thicken the pudding but it also adds a chewy contrast to the sweetness and texture of the pudding. I have decided to show you how to make this dish but with a twist. I will be using chia seeds instead of tapicoa pearls and also adding a mango puree on top.
Why add Chia seeds to this pudding?
Chia seeds are now considered to be a superfood and it’s packed with omega 3 fatty acids. It is also a rich source of Vitamin B, thiamine, niacin and folate. Tapioca balls has no nutritional value whatsoever so that is the reason why I have decided to use chia seeds.
I hope this will be the new way of eating this pudding and that people will realise the nutritional benefits.
Cost of Recipe = £3.30 Cost per Serving = £1.65
Add coconut milk, water and sugar to the pan and bring to boil. Add bananas and simmer for 15 minutes.
Puree the mangos
- 300ml coconut milk
- 200ml of cold water
- 1.5 tsp of palm sugar
- 1 large ripe banana (sliced)
- 2 tbsp of chia seeds
- 2 mediums size ripe mangos (peeled and deseeded)
- 6 raspberries. (optional)
- desiccated coconut (optional)
- Add coconut milk, water and palm sugar to a pan and bring to boil.
- Add the bananas to the pan and simmer for 15 mins.
- Pour the liquid from the pan into 2 x tumblers or bowls.
- Add the chia seeds. Make sure the seeds are submerge in the liquid and leave for around 15 minutes.
- Add the mangos to a blender and blend until the mangos are pureed.
- Spoon the mango puree on top of the coconut milk ensuring it covers the whole area.
- Add raspberries and sprinkle desiccated coconut on top.
You can leave the chia seeds for longer than 15 minutes or until they develop a gelatinous coating.
Ensure that the bananas are fully ripe and very sweet or else you may need to add sugar to the coconut milk.
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