|Place of origin||Indonesia|
|Region or state||Central Java, Yogyakarta|
|Serving temperature||Room temperature|
|Main ingredients||Steamed rice flour with sugar filled with banana and wrapped inside banana leaf|
|Variations||Green, white, blue.|
Naga in Javanese language means "a big snake; a dragon". 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. Sari means "beautiful; fertile; patient" or "seed; flower".
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.
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.
- 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)
- Sajian keraian, perancangan, penyediaan & resipi By Noraini Sidek
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- Kue Nagasari recipe (in Indonesian)