Let's cook - Sweet as Pai’s Kaanga Waru

Published on June 22, 2022


Steamed Corn and Kūmara Puddings

A simple Māori dessert utilising Maize from the summer harvest and freshly dug Kūmara, lending its sweet, soft texture.

Traditionally wrapped in corn husks, easily replaced with tin foil, these puddings are steamed and are best served with fresh cream.


  • Grated corn maize/or cornmeal 170g
  • Plain flour 100g
  • Baking powder 1 ½ teaspoons
  • Caster sugar 120g
  • Butter, melted 70g
  • Purple skinned Kūmara, finely grated 220g
  • Milk 2 tablespoons 


  1. Arrange eight 20cm long rectangle tin foil strips on to a kitchen table or bench.
  2. Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix well.
  3. Add the grated kūmara and melted butter.
  4. Add milk to the bowl and mix until you have a “cookie dough” consistency. 
  5. Roll mixture into a log and cut into portions.
  6. Place 1 portion in the middle of a tin foil strip.
  7. Lifting shorter ends of foil, roll ends together leaving room for the puddings to expand slightly. 
  8. Now fold up the other two open ends to close parcel and repeat with remaining mixture.
  9. Place parcels in a steamer with lid on and steam for 30-35mins.
  10. Carefully remove parcels serving them with custard and cream.
  11. He reka rawa!!!



This recipe was given to us by Donna Rawiri from Sweet-Az-Pai
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