Ramadan recipe: Beautiful boeber

2014-07-20 15:00

Boeber is a sugary, warm, milk drink well suited for a sweet tooth and mellow enough for a sensitive stomach during fast.

This decadent dish is usually served on the 15th night of the holy month of Ramadan to celebrate the middle of the fast.

We like the Cape Malay version of the dish. Try it at home and you will ­understand why.


.?100g butter

.?75ml sago

.?200ml water to soak the sago

.?250ml extra-fine vermicelli

.?3 cinnamon sticks

.?50g sultanas

.?2l milk

.?100ml condensed milk

.?15ml rose water or ?10ml vanilla


.?150ml white sugar

.?50g blanched almonds


Soak the sago in the water for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan.

When it has melted, add the vermicelli and toss it so that the butter covers it and it starts to go golden brown.

Add the cardamom, cinnamon and the sultanas.

Stir before pouring the milk into the pan.

Bring to the boil before adding the presoaked sago and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring constantly otherwise it will stick.

The sago should become transparent.

Mix in the condensed milk, the rose water, sugar and almonds, and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes or so.

Serve hot.

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