Wednesday, October 11, 2006


I craved for this traditional Malay delicacy and decided to try and make some for iftar a few days ago. Got this recipe from a friend (thank you!) and decided to try it even though I had no pandan leaves nor a reliable steamer in my kitchen.

And so here's the recipe:

For bottom layer;

1 cup glutinous rice, some coconut milk, salt to taste

For top layer;

1 cup coconut milk

1 cup of eggs (4-5 eggs depending on size)

3/4 to 1 cup of sugar

2-3 leaves pandan (screwpine) leaves, blended with a little water and sieved to get the coloured and fragrant essence

3 Tbs plain flour


Wash rice and leave submerged in clean water for 2-3 hours. Line a loose bottom cake tin (8")with some aluminium foil. Drain rice and pour into cake tin and spread evenly. Add some salt to the coconut milk and pour into the pan - just up to the level of the rice. Steam for 15 to 20 minutes.

Wrap your hand with a towel (because the rice is hot!) before inserting hand into a clean sandwhich bag/ plastic bag. Press hard with palm on the glutinous rice, all around the pan until rice is flat and level. Drizzle a little plain flour on top of surface and spread evenly with hand (still wrapped in bag).

Mix all ingredients for the top layer and sieve twice to get a smooth and thick mixture. Heat briefly on a low fire just until you can see a little steam coming from it and the mixture gets thicker, stirring constantly.

Pour mixture onto cooked and flattened rice. Steam for 30-45 minutes. Cool before cutting and serving.

It turned out nice – although a little too soft at the top and slightly eggy (because I had no pandan but even after I used lots of vanilla essence to try and lessen the egg taste). I may tweak the recipe next time with some custard powder instead of plain flour and some evaporated milk included in the coconut milk measurement – want to try to increase its creaminess and perhaps harden it just a little bit. Do u think that will work? Please do contact me if you have a better recipe for me to try.


cp1 said...

it looks yummy-licious to me though...and this is my 2nd favourite kuih too

halwafy said... tasted even better the next day.

What's your favourite kuih, then?

cp1 said...

my all time favourite not to miss especially ramadhan is karipap (home made by mom or myself) can you imagine everyday im having at least 1 karipap teehee my hubby cant do anything and he truly understand (or force to understand) hahahhah