Saturday, January 8, 2011

Puligi - Pudding


Following the tradition of English steamed puddings, Samoan puligi is a unique combination of coconut caramel and traditional holiday spices. It's texture is soft and springy and the crumb is moist.

Eaten plain or with butter, puligi is delicious.
Served with hot, steaming custard, it is divine.


When I was growing up, puligi was a real treat. Firstly, there were not many people who had the time to make it. Traditionally steamed, a large puligi could take up to four hours from start to finish. In addition, the puligi ingredients were not in everyone's cupboards in those days. Heavens knows how cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves ended up on the islands (I'm guessing, missionaries?), but looking over the ingredient list, nothing is native to Samoa except for coconut milk. These days, even though steamed puligi is still ideal, some people bake puligi to save time. As for the ingredients, well, if they're not already in your cupboards, they can be found in any local supermarket.

The puligi is done when you test the centre of it with a wooden skewer and the skewer comes out clean. Gently loosen the sides of the puligi with a knife, and turn it out immediately onto a wire rack to cool, with the right side up to prevent cracking.


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47 comments:

  1. mmm...puligi! i was fortunate to grow up eating this yummy delight, smothered in custard of course:) my uncle makes a 'to die for' puligi and yes, he does bake it.i had no idea that you're to steam it-another thing i like about your blog...it's very informative and i learn things about the why's and how's of samoan cooking, i love it! and, i think it's awesome that you made puligi from scratch and came up with your own recipe-wow! i wouldn't have the patience or tenacity. you're an inspiration:) enjoy your week!

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    1. i there could you email me the recipe for this with the custard recipe aswell thank you.. and love your website

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  2. thx so much! any chance we could get your uncle's recipe?

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    1. Hi Panipopo, I just now looked at your blog. What an awesome blog. I really love how you take the time to explain in your videos how to make everything from start to finish and they all look so yummy and delicious. But I was looking for your puligi recipe but couldn't find it. You might have removed it already. Will it be possible to email it to me at owenslu@uvu.edu, if you don't mind, please. I've been looking for a puligi recipe for forever. Keep up what you're doing for the benefit of our Samoan people, especially us who were born and grew up else where and away from the islands. Malo kuka.

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    2. Thanks very much for your comment. This recipe is being reworked and will be reposted once I've got it perfect. Please enjoy the rest of the blog and thank you for visiting.

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    3. Hi, i just wanted to know if the recipe will be posted up again and also, instead of the custard sauce do you have a recipe for the white sauce??i think it's coconut milk or evap milk, not sure.

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    4. Yes and yes, will post when I can find the time.

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  3. awesome... Im always into new innovative ways of how to make our best deserts. I told my sisters about your website and they literally fipped. They had a request for papa' and samoan peach pie.

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  4. I have a real sweet tooth so there's a slight imbalance on this site between sweet and savoury dishes...Anyway, you can tell your sisters that I've added fa'apapa and peach pie to my to-do list...Thx for following my blog!

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  5. yay! i emailed u for this recipe..gonna try it asap.. thanks

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  6. oh and do you happen to have the yummy custard recipe that goes with it?

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  7. yes, please try it and let me know how it goes

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  8. for the custard, it's just custard powder, milk and sugar...if you can't get custard powder, then just make custard from scratch with eggs...there are loads of recipes for this online...good luck!

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  9. puligi isnt made with cocnut cream

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  10. Well done to you, I'm so glad I found your website. I miss all these dishes from home but never got to learn the art, now I'll learn off your page, cheers:)

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  11. Hi, I really hope to take the guesswork out of all our wonderful Samoan dishes...good luck!

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  12. Thank you so much for the puligi recipe. For so many years and so many recipes I tried before, nothing came out like your recipe. Your recipe on puligi came out perfect and with the custard sauce it was divine. Keep up the good work you are doing, your technique of presentation is marvelous too; easy to understand and soooo real..I tried your panipopo recipe too; again it came out perfect:) thank you so much..I finally know how to knead the dough properly too when I saw your utube presentation. Thank you once again, you make one lady happy now to carry on cooking these two beautiful bake. :) All the best..

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  13. Hi, I've been waiting for someone to try this recipe out because although I had tested it so many times myself, I still needed the feedback, so FA'AFETAI! Happy to know it works, and happy to know you liked it.

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  14. I love pulingi!! Your recipe is the only one that I have seen that uses the caramel sugar in the cake (just like my grandmother did it). Wonderful! My grandmother always put raisins in it so I added them. I have one of those silicone bundt cake forms, so I tried it in the microwave. It came out springy and moist and only took 11 minutes! Gone are the days where you have to pour it into a cotton dishcloth and boil it forever. Thank you again for your recipe. I always knew what went into it, but never knew the measurements. Oh, my mouth is so happy now!

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  15. "My mouth is so happy now"...ROFL...Thanks for trying out my recipe and for giving the microwave cooking time! Awesome stuff!

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  16. We just found your blog for the first time and we
    are so thrilled! My husband is Samoan and I am
    American. I always want to make him memorable
    foods that remind him of home but could never
    find recipes a palingi could follow :) We made
    puligi together tonight to eat while we watched
    the Rugby world cup! It was so fun :) Go Manu :)
    Your puligi was a great success! Thank you! I have
    shared your blog with my many in laws living
    in the states and we will be visiting you often :)

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  17. Hi Sara, Thanks a lot for trying this recipe...glad you liked it. If you've got any puligi left over, slap some butter on it tomorrow at breakfast time - always a treat! Thanks for spreading the word about Panipopos' Kitchen. Much appreciated!

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  18. Your'e own version of this Pudding cake is awsome, Luv the addition of coconut cream, my Dad use to make this, but in the baking cloth and steamed juss like u metioned. I will stick wit the baking looks easier. All recipes look amazing, thnk u for ur time and sharing, cos most family members will not share their recipes! LoL

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  19. Hi TipzyDazy, many thanks for your comment...don't know why people don't want to share their recipes...guess they're afraid you're gonna make it better or something...Anyway, thanks for visiting the blog and happy baking!

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  20. Hi, where can i find your recipe for the puligi please! I've tried you pani popo and keke pua'a and man they are to die for!! hahaha, my mish to is try every single one of your recipes lol..

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    1. Thanks for trying the recipes, so happy they worked out for you!

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  21. Hi can you please show me where you puligi recipe is, i think i'm going blind i can't see it anywhere on this page :(

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  22. Hi mate, I'm far away from home{SAMOA}...and I'm missing all the samoan food....Your Puligi with coconut cream looks the bomb....I believe my mum...Bless her soul..use to make it that way too...If you could please e-mail me your recipe, would be much appreciated..my e-mail is mtesi@y7mail.com...Thanks

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    1. Thanks for your comment. I'm working on the recipe. Will post when it's ready. Cheers!

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  23. Hi any ideas on when you will post the recipe please, really eager to give it a go.

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    1. I'll try to upload asap...will keep you posted.

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    2. thanks looking forward to it :) hopefully in time for easter hehe something to serve the oldies during lunch haha if not it'll definitely be pagi popo's, yummy :D

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  24. steam puligi is the best.. where is the ingredients or the recipe pls?

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  25. Hi there, I love your site, Im a Palagi and my Husband is Samoan, we go to his familys house alot and i love to make things from your site to take along. they all love it, one weekend they had their mum come over from Samoa, and i made your puligi pudding. and i couldnt understand a word she said, but she ended up eating like 3 or 4 pieces of it, so i guess that meant that she liked it and that i must have done something wright. Thank you so much, becuase of you i dont feel left out in the kitchen when it comes to our sunday samoan family lunches.

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    1. Hi Iuli, wonderful story! Your Samoan family must be so proud of you...Keep up the good work and don't be afraid to mix things up with Samoan food. Like you said, if they come back for seconds, you know you've done something right. All the best!

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  26. Hello Panipopo
    thank you so much for putting up this blog ... but i can't seem to find the recipe for the Puligi could you please repost the recipe .. Please and Thank you!

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  27. Puligi is one of my favorites. I actually had an uncle that we used to call the puligi man because he used to make the bomb puligis ....so yummy. Well then for years we didnt know of who else made puligi as good as his, btw it was baked.

    Well I moved to the states and conected with an aunt of mine. This woman told me that she makes puligi! When I tasted it I thought I died and went to heaven lol. Her recipe is boiled...yes boiled. It was amazingly, wonderfuly moist.

    Couple years later another one of my aunts made some puligi and this one was steamed. My gosh ...it melted it melted in my mouth. Three different recipes and they are all delicious.

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    1. Baked, boiled and steamed...your descriptionz just made my mouth water...puligi...50 shades of puligi. Ka fefe!

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  28. Yes my mouth would water too when they mention puligi. I thought the boiled version was complicated, but I'm glad I tried it. :-)

    I wanted to say that I love your blog and I thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks very much for your comment and happy that you tried the steamed puligi. It's a perennial favourite.

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  29. Hi there, just discovered ur blog/website and must say how awesome n easy to follow ur receipes are, well the videos r lol, i just quickly scrolled thru and couldnt find the receipe with measurements n all? eager to try it out and wonder when u would repost? thanx!

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  30. Eagerly awaiting your recipe, hopefully in time for Easter dinner. Thank you.

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  31. Malo, recently found your website &oh my the mouth watering pictures ! Lol. I'd really love to try making the puligi, if you could please repost the recipe that would be nice. Thaaanks (:

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  32. Thank you for all your recipes! I found your kopai recipe & I'm making that for breakfast tomorrow morning. (It's my cheat day lol). Excited to share all these with my family. Yay!!

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