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Binagol Recipe
Taro Cake in Coconut Shells

Binagol, also called binangol, is a popular sweet delicacy originating from Leyte, an island in the Visayas. This is made from grated gabi (taro) with some spices, inserted on a half coconut shell, covered with banana leaf and steamed. In order to cut the cost of making Binagol, locals remained in using charcoal and traditional bamboo steamer.

The Taro root mixture is contained in polished coconut shells, thus the name binagol from the root word “bagol”, a visayan term which literally means coconut shells. Because of the abundance of coconut trees in this tropical country, you will surely find many kinds of delicacies using coconut shells as packaging.

kusina ingredients 
  • 1 cup rich coconut milk (from 2 medium coconuts)
  • ¾ cups raw gabi or taro (shredded)
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ can full cream condensed milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • wilted banana leaves
  • 4 medium coconut shells (cleaned)
  • string for tying
kusina instructions
1. Combine shredded Taro root, coconut milk and brown sugar. Place in a thick-bottomed pan and cook over medium heat for about 6 minutes while stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and go on cooking for 10 more minutes.

2. Add the condensed milk and cook for another 20 minutes over low heat, stirring continuously.

3. Fill the coconut shells with the cooked mixture. In the center, make a well and drop 1 raw egg yolk for each. Cover top with the cooked Taro mixture and spread smoothly. Fill very close to the coconut shell's brim.

4. Use two layers of the wilted banana leaves to cover the filled coconut shells and use the strings to tie securely.

5. Steam for half an hour.



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