Recipe Cendol

Cendol is a traditional Southeast Asian dessert that's beloved for its unique flavor and refreshing qualities, especially on a hot day. Originating from Indonesia and popular in Malaysia, Singapore, and beyond, this delightful concoction consists of pandan-flavored jelly noodles served with coconut milk and palm sugar syrup, creating a harmonious blend of sweet and fragrant flavors. Making cendol at home is not only a fulfilling culinary experience but also a fantastic way to enjoy a taste of Southeast Asia wherever you are.


For Cendol:

  • 100g rice flour
  • 1 tsp tapioca flour
  • 200ml pandan juice (obtained from blending pandan leaves with water)
  • Green food coloring (optional)
  • Ice water

For Serving:

  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 200g palm sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Ice cubes


  1. Prepare the Cendol Noodles:

    • In a mixing bowl, combine rice flour and tapioca flour.
    • Gradually pour in pandan juice while stirring to form a smooth batter. Add a few drops of green food coloring if desired.
    • Heat a pot of water until boiling. Place a cendol mold (a perforated shallow ladle) over the pot.
    • Pour the batter onto the cendol mold, allowing thin strands of batter to drop into the boiling water. Cook for about 2-3 minutes or until the noodles float to the surface.
    • Remove the noodles from the water and immediately soak them in ice water to maintain their texture. Drain and set aside.
  2. Prepare the Palm Sugar Syrup:

    • In a saucepan, dissolve palm sugar in water over medium heat. Add a pinch of salt and stir until the syrup thickens slightly. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  3. Assemble the Cendol:

    • In serving glasses, place a generous amount of cendol noodles.
    • Pour coconut milk and palm sugar syrup over the noodles according to taste.
    • Add ice cubes to chill the dessert further.

Tips for Perfect Cendol:

  • Consistency Matters: Ensure the cendol noodles are of the right thickness. Too thick, and they'll be heavy; too thin, and they'll disintegrate.
  • Fresh Ingredients: Use fresh pandan leaves to extract pandan juice for the authentic fragrance and flavor.
  • Balanced Sweetness: Adjust the sweetness of the palm sugar syrup according to your preference. Some prefer it sweeter, while others enjoy a more subtle sweetness.


  • Durian Cendol: Add a scoop of creamy durian pulp on top of the cendol for an indulgent twist.
  • Red Bean Cendol: Include cooked red beans as an additional topping for added texture and flavor.
  • Pulut Cendol: Substitute regular cendol noodles with glutinous rice (pulut) for a different texture.

Caloric Information:

  • A serving of homemade cendol (without additional toppings) typically contains around 200-250 calories, depending on the portion size and ingredients used.


Indulging in a bowl of homemade cendol offers not just a tantalizing treat for your taste buds but also a cultural experience that transports you to the bustling streets of Southeast Asia. With its vibrant colors, aromatic flavors, and refreshing taste, cendol is sure to become a favorite among family and friends. So why not give this delightful dessert a try and bring a slice of Southeast Asian culinary heritage to your table? Enjoy!


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