How to Prepare Boeber


Boeber is the Cape Malay name for an Indian pudding. It has become a traditional Cape Malay sweet, milk drink, made with vermicelli, sago, sugar, and flavoured with cardamom, stick cinnamon, and rose water.

The drink is traditionally served on the 15th night of Ramadan to celebrate the middle of the fast, for those who have completed the first 15 days of fasting. They are also known as people who are op die berg.

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  • 100 grams (3.5 oz) butter
  • 75 millilitres (2.6 imp fl oz; 2.5 US fl oz) sago
  • 1 cup of water to soak the sago
  • 200 grams (7 oz) vermicelli
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 whole cardamom (bruised)
  • 50 grams (2 oz) sultanas
  • 2 litres (0.44 imp gal; 0.53 US gal) milk
  • 15 millilitres (0.53 imp fl oz; 0.51 US fl oz) rose water
  • 150 millilitres (5.3 imp fl oz; 5.1 US fl oz) white sugar (to taste)
  • 50 grams (2 oz) blanched almonds


  • Pre-soak the sago in the water for 15 minutes. Melt the butter in a deep saucepan.
  • Add the vermicelli and toss it in the butter with a fork until the vermicelli is lightly browned.
  • Add the cardamom, cinnamon and the sultanas, and stir.
  • Pour in the milk and bring to the boil.
  • Add the sago and simmer for 30 minutes or until sago is transparent, stirring constantly to prevent sticking of the ingredients to the saucepan.
  • Add the rose water, sugar and almonds, and continue to simmer until well blended for 10 minutes.
  • Serve hot.
  • Makes 8 to 10 servings.
  • Preparation time: 1 hour…



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