Onde Onde Keladi (Sweet Yam Balls)

Sweet Asian dessert like Onde Onde Keladi (Sweet Yam Balls), belongs to traditional Malay snacks that are enjoyed for breakfast or tea.

My mom loves these simple desserts very much. They can not be kept long due to the freshly grated coconut coating. Most important in this quick and easy dessert recipe is the palm sugar. Buy good quality palm sugar as it determines the fragrance of the dessert kueh.


  • 2 cups Mashed and Cooked Yam
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 piece Palm Sugar; chopped into tiny pieces
  • 2 ladleful Sago Starch
  • 2 ladleful Plain Flour
  • 1 cup Freshly Grated Coconut
  • 1/2 cup Cold Water


Mix mashed yam with cold water and mix well. Add in sago starch and plain flour and stir until well blended. Shape into round flat dough, fill centre with palm sugar pieces before sealing and shaping into small balls.

Meanwhile, boil water in a pot. Once water starts to boil, drop yam balls into rapidly boiling water. Yam Balls are ready when they float to the top. Scoop balls and roll over grated coconut.

Serve when the dessert has cooled.

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