Friday, 30 June 2006

From My Rasoi # 6 - For The Love of Rice

Glutinous rice, often called sticky rice is uniquely delicious, tasty and sweet rice. It is starchy and yields attractively sticky, moist, firm and dense rice when cooked. Thus it does a great job of filling the stomach. Glutinous rice can be easily distinguished from other varieties by its short grain and milky colour.


Glutinous Rice


Despite the misleading name, glutinous rice does not contain dietary gluten. Therefore, theoretically it should be safe for gluten-free diets. The sticky consistency of the rice is derived from two kinds of starch in the kernels, namely amylase and amyl pectin.

As an entry for FMR # 6 – For The Love Of Rice, I have chosen to make wajik which is steamed glutinous rice braised in palm sugar and coconut milk syrup.

Wajik

What do we need:

1 cup glutinous rice
1 blade pandanus / screw pine leaf
salt

Syrup
1 cup thick coconut milk
1/3 cup palm sugar (as per desired)
2 blades pandan / screw pine leaves

How do we do it:

Wash the rice and soak the rice at least 4 hours. It is important to wash the rice before soaking to ensure that the rice do not break. Drain the rice and mix with salt. Place a knotted screw pine leaf on top of the rice. Steam for 5 minutes or until half cooked. Remove from heat and using a fork, scratch to lossen the rice.


Palm sugar and coconut milk syrup at soft ball stage


In a heavy bottomed pan, boil the coconut milk with palm sugar and knotted screw pine leaves. When the syrup reaches soft ball stage, add the rice. Stir continously to prevent from getting burnt. Remove from heat when the mixture does not stick to the sides of the pan. Discard the pandan leaves. Transfer to a greased mould. Cool completely before cutting into desired shapes.


19 comments:

Sumitha said...

Wow very nice Pushpa,it is almost in similar lines with Halwa!

Paz said...

What a mouth-watering dish! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

Paz

Nabeela said...

lately i've been craving desserts sooo much...and your recipe came at the right time. I might try making it after I come back from my vacation. The last picture looks wonderful.

sudhav said...

nice one pushpa..something new... a must try one..

jadepearl said...

Pus - OMG, never visit your blog for awhile and you have accomplished so much!!! So sedap!!!

praveen said...

wow...u know my sis loves wajik and i remember her asking me for the recipe a while ago..btw, just wondering..how do you manage to get pandan leaves??

shilpa said...

Fantastic...thats all I can say.

Vaishali said...

Oooooh, what a lovely and gooey looking rice dish. And so unique too. I really really have to look for these Pandan leaves now.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Considering the fact that I LOVE glutinous rice, this recipe will be something I'll have to test! It looks so yummy...

Tazz said...

Pus, this is something new and interesting to me. Thanks for sharing. :)

Puspha said...

Sumitha, Paz & Shilpa~ Thank u very much!

Nabeela~ Let me know how u liked it. Have a great vacation!!

Sudhav~ Tell me how it turned out, ok?

JP~ C.... Now u know tat u must visit more frequently hor? ;)Anyway, thank u very much.

Praveen~ Now tat u´ve got the recipe, y don´t u make it for ur sis? Daun pandan r available here in the Asian shops. They even sell daun pisang also lah :)

Vaishali~ Check out the Asian shops nearby for the leaves. Let me know how u like the wajik.

Rosa~ So, this is a must try. Tell me how it turned out.

Eve~ Itz available in SG. Check out Malay kuih stalls or u just make ur own lor!!! :))

Kanda said...

I’m wondering you know to do wajik???
Never see before…..heehee

Puspha said...

Kanda~ Haven't u seen me stirring the palm sugar syrup & then pressing it inside the mould with daun pisang when amma make wajik? Which means I also have made lah. ;)

Krithika said...

Are you from Malaysia ? My friend's mother makes this whenever she visits him from Malaysia. Looks yummy !

flower said...

You are really something. Making a traditional malay kuih. I cant even make it. Now I will have to try it. But here in Perth cannot get fresh pandan. So far I still cant find one....

Puspha said...

Krithika~ Yes, I am a Malaysian. My mom too makes it so well. I learned it from her.

Flower~ This is my momz fav & she always makes. So, we really grew up with wajik. I think I'm luckier then. At least I can get all the asian stuff here in Switzerland.

BoZo said...

Pus, thank you for the wajik recipe, been hunting for it cos my colleague wanted it for her hindu prayers ceremony! Thanks a million, muaks!

Puspha said...

Sharon~ My pleasure. Let me know how she liked it.

cuppycake said...

Hi,
I made wajik this morning for my two girls.... It came out very well. Thank you for the recipe.

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