Corn and Coconut Dessert

I remembered there was a period where boiled corn kernels seasoned with salt and sugar served in plastic cups were sold in every corner of the malls. They were so popular. Little white cups with weakly plastic spoons.

At home, the boiled corn dessert is prepared with freshly grated coconut. So simple, but delicious! Great to be served warm, or cold.

As with other dessert made from freshly uncooked grated coconut, it doesn’t last long. Should be served within hours of making.

Best to use fresh corn. Boil the corns and add some salt into the water. When canned kernels are used, discard the liquid  that comes with the corn and rinse the kernels quickly with cold water. Pat dry.

Remove cooked kernels from cob using a sharp knife.

Combine salt, sugar and kernels in a bowl. Top with freshly grated coconut.

Too easy that it annoys you and I shouldn’t really be blogging about it? The point that I want to make is that simple things can be beautiful too. And I just want to brag about my newest photography trick, backlighting with simple bed sheet trick :)


Corn and Coconut Dessert

Makes 6 servings


1 kg fresh corn on cobs, or 350 g fresh whole kernel corn
100 g grated coconut
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt, plus 1 tbsp for boiling corn


Drop corns in a pot of salted boiling water. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove and let cool.
Using a sharp knife, cut the kernels off the cob.
Mix corn kernels with grated coconut, sugar and salt.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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20 Responses to “Corn and Coconut Dessert”

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    Trissa — December 18, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

    I love simple snacks/desserts! I used to prefer slaving over a dish for hours but realized that sometimes life is too short! Thanks for this recipe and beautiful lighting my friend!

    • Jun replied: — December 26th, 2010 @ 9:35 am

      I still like to make difficult dishes so that I can gloat to my family. I am sure they don’t care that much of the process though. Huh. :P

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    Arudhi — December 18, 2010 @ 7:51 pm

    yum yum! corn looks tasty. pictures look great. i`m glad you posted it!
    btw, is there any indonesian name for this snack? it feels familiar to me, but i can`t remember any names right now.

    • Jun replied: — December 26th, 2010 @ 9:36 am

      Jagung kelapa comes to mind. Haha :D Thanks for visiting, Arudhi!

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    oak dining table — December 19, 2010 @ 9:31 pm

    This looks so delicious! I have always loved corn. Perfect dessert!

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    Hannah — December 20, 2010 @ 2:19 pm

    What a unique combination- I’ve never had a dessert like this! I do like the simplicity of it though… Sounds like the perfect recipe to save for summer, when corn is at its peak. I’ll have to remember this!

    • Jun replied: — December 26th, 2010 @ 9:37 am

      It does! Thank you for your comment, Hannah!

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    tigerfish — December 20, 2010 @ 4:19 pm

    You know what? Never tried this combination of corn and coconut before :O

    • Jun replied: — December 26th, 2010 @ 9:38 am

      Oh yeah? I think it is very similar to one of Thai desserts. Very yummy!

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    Tuty — December 22, 2010 @ 6:46 pm

    I remember this snack waaaay back when I was in elementary school. It’s one of the “jajan pasar”. If I recall correctly, the ones my mum purchased the corn kernels were “popped” by soaking the dried kernels in air kapur sirih. They remind me of the Mexican hominy. Your version is definitely a lot simpler and freshly delicious.

    • Jun replied: — December 26th, 2010 @ 9:45 am

      Ah I have never had the ones using dried kernels. Is it the one that is deep-fried till they literally popped? That one I love!

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    Hannah — December 23, 2010 @ 12:42 am

    Oh my, this looks amazing! I’ve never seen nor tasted anything like it – the closest I’ve come to corn for dessert is polenta cakes. Oh, what I wouldn’t give for a bowl of this right now…

    • Jun replied: — December 26th, 2010 @ 9:45 am

      I have been dying to try making polenta cakes!

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    Sheena Singleton — December 23, 2010 @ 9:23 pm

    This looks so delicious! I have always loved corn. Perfect dessert!

    • Jun replied: — January 14th, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

      Thank you!

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    Tuty — December 27, 2010 @ 2:27 am

    I believe after the dried corn kernels are soaked in air kapur sirih, they are steamed. I haven’t tried these myself…so that was purely my guess ;-)

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    • Jun replied: — January 14th, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

      I have been looking for a long long time what “air kapur sirih” is called in English. Does anybody know?

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    Jules — October 16, 2011 @ 3:30 am

    Thanks for posting this, loved this when I was a kid but no one seems to remember it. Now I can make it myself!

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    Tazz — June 16, 2014 @ 4:36 am

    air kapur sirih – limewater

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    Tedy Merriman — April 17, 2015 @ 7:29 pm

    Hi, I remember this as traditional snack. Really miss this food and yes the one that cook with kapur sirih in city where I grew up is called “jagung bledus”. Kapur sirih can be purchased from Asian groceries.

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