Savboro - Sri Lankan Sago Coconut CookiesThese Savboro – Sri Lankan Sago Coconut Cookies are super crispy cookies, perfect for dunking in your tea/coffee or milk. Made from sago, coconut and bread crumbs, this unusual combination of ingredients yield a super delicious cookie.

Sago is one of the main ingredients in these cookies. Here in the west, sago is non existent in our diet. It’s cousin, tapioca, we generally only eat as tapioca pudding, a dessert. However, sago is used as a grain in South Asian cuisines and our used in everything from appetizer and side dishes to desserts. So what is the difference between tapioca and sago? Many use them both interchangeably. I too was guilty of this in the past, but they are not the same. Sago is extracted from the pith of various tropical palms, but tapioca is extracted from cassava root, also known as yuca or manioc.

To find sago here in the US, you will need to go to an Indian or Asian market. Be careful not to pick tapioca, which are much larger pearls, although instant tapioca pearls will be of almost similar size to sago.

Are you ready to experiment with sago? Try my other sago recipes!

Sago Recipes

These cookies are made with an unusual combination of ingredients and can be flavored with any combination of vanilla, fennel, cumin or mixed spice. You can find mixed spice bags in Sri Lankan markets (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, cardamom).

Sri Lankan is a very flavorful cuisine – a fusion of both Indian and Southeast Asian cuisines. I find it very similar to Indonesian cuisine, which is something close to my heart with part of my family being Indonesian.

I hope you enjoy these unique cookies as much as I did.

Before we get to the Savboro recipe, do check out some of my other Sri Lankan recipes!

Sri Lankan Recipes


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These cookies are VERY CRISPY. Perfect with a cup of tea or milk.

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Savboro – Sri Lankan Sago Coconut Cookies

Prep Time: 15 hours

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Category: dessert, Cookies

Cuisine: Sri Lankan

Yield: 8

Savboro – Sri Lankan Sago Coconut Cookies

a very crispy cookie from Sri Lanka, perfect for dunking into milk or coffee/tea


  • 1 cup sago
  • 1 cup frozen coconut, defrosted (or freshly grated coconut)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with a baking sheet or parchment paper.
  3. Combine all ingredients and mix with your hands until mixture sticks together, adding 1-2 tablespoons of water if necessary. Depending on the moisture in the coconut will determine if you need the additional water.
  4. Place a cookie/biscuit cutter on the baking sheet. Add a few tablespoons of the batter and using the back of a spoon, press down until tight and compact. Carefully remove the cookie/biscuit cutter.
  5. Repeat until all of the batter has been used.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden, rotating tray half way through cooking.
  7. Note: When you remove from oven, they will appear to be soft. As they cool, they become very crispy.


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