Pandan leaf smells grassy and tastes like vanilla and young coconut; a delicious flavouring in Asian desserts. In this blog post I will explain how to make pandan extract yourself.

For pandan extract you only need a blender and fresh or frozen pandan leaf. A few drops of this extract will color your dessert nicely green and smells like vanilla and young coconut.

Why make pandan extract yourself

You can buy this fragrant flavour in a bottle. I have never used it myself because I like to use pure ingredients. Pandan leaf can be stored in the freezer and is made in 5 minutes.

“Then you have 100% pandan leaf instead of the many superfluous ingredients that can be found in a bottle.”

What you need is:

  • Fresh or frozen pandan leaf (usually this can be bought per 100 g)
  • Blender
  • Sieve or cheesecloth
  • Bowl to collect the extract
  • Small jar with lid to store the extract


Liquid collected from pandan leaf extract and solids residue in sieve

How to do

Cut the washed leaves into thin strips, puree the pandan leaf with a little water in the blender and press the extract from the leaf. Easy does it, right?

Sure. But very important: do not use too much water. You add just enough water to let the blender do its work; the pandan leaf must be mashed very fine. You want to dilute all flavourings and colorants from the leaves as little as possible.

make your own pandan, cut it and use it in a food processor

pandan puree food processor blender

The extract can be stored in the fridge for a few days. Sometimes I freeze a leftover in an ice cube tray. But then I forget that I have it and after a while the taste has disappeared.

It is best not to make more extract and that you need and freeze the rest of the leaves. The leaves themselves are very good to freeze without taste – or colour loss.

“For 100 ml of pandan extract, puree 50 g of pandan leaf with 100 ml of water.”

Make a concentrated flavouring from fresh herbs.


Make Your Own Pandan Extract For Desserts

Pandan leaf smells grassy and tastes like vanilla and young coconut; a delicious flavouring in Asian desserts.

  • Author: Kamwoj
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1x 100 ml 1x
  • Category: sweet, dessert


For 100 ml of pandan extract:

  • 50 g pandan leaf (fresh or frozen) *
  • 100 ml of water

Other requirements:

  • Blender
  • Fine-meshed sieve or cheesecloth
  • Bowl to collect the extract
  • Jar with lid if the extract is not used right away


  1. Wash the pandan leaves. Frozen pandan thaws during washing. Cut the piece of root from fresh leaves. Cut the leaves into thin strips.
  2. Put the pandan and 100 ml of water in a blender. Puree the pandan. You will need to turn off the blender once in a while and push the pandan that sticks to the walls down with a silicone spatula.
  3. Scrape the pureed pandan leaf and the small amount of moisture into a sieve of cheese cloth. Press all the juice through the strainer into the bowl. Or if you use cheesecloth: squeeze all the moisture from the pandan into the bowl. You will end up with approximately 100 ml of extract.
  4. Store the extract in the fridge for a few days in a jar with a lid. Or use it right away.


*  Pandan leaf is mostly packaged per 100 g. Store the unused pandan leaf in the freezer.

Keywords: pandan, fast, pandan extract, pandan leaf, flavouring

Ideas for the extract

For example, make a pandan version of this vegan panna cotta recipe. And what do you think of vegan shortbread with a fragrant pandan flavour? Make the basic recipe and In the end add a small teaspoon of pandan extract.

“Don’t use the extract too much, it gives a bitter taste. “​


Zelf pandan extract maken voor desserts

Pandanblad ruikt grassig en smaakt naar vanille en jonge kokosnoot; een heerlijke smaakmaker in Aziatische desserts.

  • Author: Kamwoj
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 100 ml 1x
  • Category: zoet, nagerecht


Voor 100 ml pandan extract:

  • 50 g pandanblad (vers of diepvries) *
  • 100 ml water

 Andere benodigdheden:

  • Blender
  • Fijnmazige zeef of kaasdoek
  • Kom om het extract op te vangen
  • Potje met deksel als het extract niet meteen wordt gebruikt


  1. Was de pandanbladeren. Diepvries pandan ontdooit tijdens het wassen. Snij het stukje wortel van verse bladeren. Knip de bladeren in dunne strips.
  2. Doe de pandan en 100 ml water in een blender. Pureer de pandan fijn. Je moet af en toe de blender uitzetten en de pandan die aan de wanden blijft plakken naar beneden duwen met een pannenlikker.
  3. Schraap het gepureerde pandanblad en de kleine hoeveelheid vocht in een zeefje of kaasdoek. Druk al het vocht door het zeefje in de kom. Of als je kaasdoek gebruikt: knijp al het vocht uit de pandan in de kom. Je zal ongeveer 100 ml extract overhouden.
  4. Bewaar het extract enkele dagen in een potje met deksel in de koelkast. Of verwerk het meteen.


  • Vaak koop je pandanblad per 100 g. Bewaar het pandanblad dat je niet gebruikt in de vriezer.

Keywords: pandan, snel, pandan extract, pandanblad, smaakmaker

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