Nagasari, Indonesian traditional cake wrapped in banana leaves
Place of originIndonesia
Region or stateJava
Serving temperatureRoom temperature
Main ingredientsSteamed rice flour with sugar filled with banana and wrapped inside banana leaf
VariationsGreen, white, blue.

Nagasari[1] is a traditional Indonesia steamed cake, originating from Javanese cuisine, made of rice flour, coconut milk and sugar, filled with a slice of banana and wrapped in banana leaves.[2][3]


Naga in Javanese language means "a big snake; a dragon".[4] It refers to a mythical green snake in the Old Java that brings fertility to the earth. The word is derived from a Sanskrit word naga.[5] Sari means "beautiful; fertile; patient" or "seed; flower".[4]

Nagasari literally means "the seed of the dragon" or "the beautiful dragon". Since the Javanese dragon is often depicted as a green snake, the food is thus given green color.

The word nagasari can also refer to: 1) a specific tree; 2) a specific batik pattern.[4]


Nagasari comes in green color (the most common) and white (less common). The green color comes from pandan leaves extract. White nagasaris are called legendo in Magelang.

In modern time, people start making different colors of nagasari. Blue nagasari, among them, gets its blue color from butterfly pea flowers.

Nagasari is commonly sold in Indonesian traditional market as a jajan pasar.

In Suriname, which has a significantly large Javanese population, it's pronounced nogosari and consists of rice flour with bananas that are steamed in banana leaf packets.

See also


  1. ^ Isi dan kelengkapan rumah tangga tradisional menurut tujuan, fungsi dan kegunaannya daerah Maluku, J. E. Sitanala, Hilderia Sitanggang, Proyek Inventarisasi dan Dokumentasi Kebudayaan Daerah (Indonesia)
  2. ^ Sajian keraian, perancangan, penyediaan & resipi By Noraini Sidek
  3. ^ Kong Foong Ling (2012). "Kue Nagasari". The Food of Asia: Featuring Authentic Recipes from Master Chefs. Tuttle Publishing. p. 328. ISBN 9781462909728.
  4. ^ a b c Poerwadarminta, W.J.S. (1939). Bausastra.
  5. ^ "Kisah Naga di Jawa". 6 August 2019.