Indonesia - Bubur Ketan Hitam (Black Sticky Rice Pudding with Palm Sugar) Recipe

Indonesia - Bubur Ketan Hitam (Black Sticky Rice Pudding with Palm Sugar) Recipes

Ingredients :

10.5 fl oz / 330g black glutinous rice

40-48 fl oz / 1.25-1.5 liter water

2 pandanus leaves or 2-3 drops pandanus extract (essence)

6 oz / 185g firmly packed palm sugar

12 fl oz / 375ml thick coconut milk

1/2 tsp salt

Method :

Wash the rice thoroughly in several changes of cold water until the rinsing water runs clear. Drain well and place in a 1.5-2 qt (1.5-2 liter) saucepan. Add 5 cups (40 fl oz / 1.25ml) of the water and let stand for at least 2 hours or, preferably, overnight.

Bring the rice and water to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 40 minutes. If using the pandanus leaves, scrape the surface with the tines of a fork. Add the pandanus leaves or extract and palm sugar, stir well, and reduce the heat to low. Simmer, stirring frequently to prevent sticking, until the rice is tender and most of the liquid has evaporated, 20-30 minutes longer. Check for doneness and, if needed, simmer a little longer, adding more water if dry, until tender.

Meanwhile, in another saucepan over low heat, combine the coconut milk and salt. Cook, stirring continuously, until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 15 minutes.

Spoon into dessert bowls and pour the coconut sauce over the top. Serve at once.

Serves 6

To the ordinary tourist, black sticky rice pudding may not look appealing. Yet once sampled, the dessert wins the votes of even the biggest skeptics. With its subtly nutty flavor, rich texture, and warm coconut sauce, it is the ultimate comfort food. If you can find neither the pandanus leaves nor the extract, add a cinnamon stick for flavor. Palm sugar, in contrast, has a distinctive caramel flavor and is a must for this recipe. In Indonesia, the sugar is extracted from the nectar of the coconut flower. It is cooked down to a thickened syrup, which is then left to solidify in coconut-shell molds.

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