Recipe courtesy of Gale Gand

Coconut Tapioca with Tarragon Sauce

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 55 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1/2 cups large pearl tapioca

1 cup water

2 cups milk

1/2 cup coconut milk

6 tablespoons sugar

1/2 vanilla bean, split

For the tarragon syrup:

2 cups fresh tarragon leaves

1 cup fresh spinach

1 cup simple syrup (equal amounts sugar and water brought to a boil and then cooled)

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 banana, sliced


  1. Soak the tapioca in water to cover, refrigerate and overnight. Drain the next day. Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer 20 minutes until tender. Chill (it will thicken as it chills).
  2. To make the tarragon syrup, blanch the tarragon leaves and spinach in boiling water for 10 seconds then shock in ice water. Squeeze out the water and chop coarsely. Add simple syrup and oil then puree with hand blender for 3 minutes. Pass it through a fine chinois. Chill.
  3. To serve, spoon the tapioca into a shallow bowl, surround it with a ring of tarragon syrup and tuck in banana slices around the edge.