Coconut Pumpkin Taro Dessert Recipe

January 14, 2023  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Coconut Pumpkin Taro Dessert Recipe

The Coconut Pumpkin Taro Dessert Recipe is a widely enjoyed treat in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam, showcasing the Asian penchant for incorporating pumpkins into desserts. This particular dish features pumpkins stewed in coconut milk, creating a delightful and comforting sweet treat.

To prepare this dessert, gather 2 ½ cups of Japanese pumpkin, cut into bite-sized pieces, and 2 ½ cups of taro roots, similarly cut and washed. If taro is unavailable, potatoes can serve as an alternative. In a medium pot, combine coconut cream or coconut milk with water and salt, bringing the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, add the pumpkin and taro, cooking until both are tender.

To enhance the sweetness and flavor, introduce white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract to the pot. Continue cooking until the pumpkin and taro are fully done, then turn off the heat. The resulting Coconut Pumpkin Taro Dessert can be served either warm or cool, providing flexibility in enjoyment.

For an extra touch, some coconut cream can be reserved and added on top before serving, enhancing the richness of the dish. It’s important to note that if this variation is chosen, the dessert should be served warm, not cold. This recipe captures the essence of Asian dessert traditions, where the combination of pumpkin and taro in coconut milk creates a harmonious blend of textures and flavors.

In conclusion, the Coconut Pumpkin Taro Dessert Recipe offers a simple yet delectable way to enjoy the beloved combination of pumpkin and taro in a luscious coconut milk base. Whether served warm or cool, this dessert reflects the culinary traditions of Asian countries and is sure to be a delightful treat for those with a sweet tooth.


2 ½ cups of Japanese Pumpkin cut to bite size (you need pumpkin that is sticky to make this dessert)
2 ½ cups of Taro roots cut to bite size (wash) if you don’t have taro use potato
1 can of coconut cream or coconut milk
2 cup of water
1/4 tablespoon of salt
1 tablespoon of Vanilla extract
1/2 cup of white sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar

Directions to make Coconut Pumpkin Taro Dessert Recipe

  1. In a medium pot boil coconut milk and water with salt
  2. When the water is boiling add taro and pumpkin, cook until the pumpkin and taro is tender
  3. Then add sugar, and vanilla extract
  4. Cook until all the pumpkin and taro is done turn the heat off
  5. Serve warm or cool.
  6. Sometime I save a bit of coconut cream to add on top before serving if you do that you have to

serve it warm not cold.

Thank you and enjoy it.

Related Recipe: Bitter Melon soup with Pork Recipe

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2

Calories Per Serving: 837

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏145g 53%
Total Fat ‏30g 38%
Saturated Fat ‏26g 130%
Dietary Fiber ‏15g 54%
Protein ‏7g 14%
Sodium ‏936mg 41%
Sugars ‏101g 202%


45 min


30 min




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