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Thapthim Krop

Thapthim Krop, or Tab Tim Krob. Both the same fact to making this Thai dessert. Making the red rubies, or water chestnut soaked in red coloring, thereafter coated in tapioca flour and prior to cooking in simmering water. Once red rubies float atop, remove and submerge in ice water. That's it. Red rubies definitely are the centrality for Thapthim Krop and for our dessert pleasure, we just need to easily assemble (Khao Niaow Ma Muang/Mango Sticky Rice). Basically assembling red rubies alongside coconut milk and sugar syrup, and you can if you want to, add jackfruit. Done and over and me accomplishing my mission to making a Thai desserts instead of the usual savoury dishes I have been sharing one after the other (Tom Yum Noodle Soup, Vegan Tom Yum Soup & Thai Style Eggplant). Overall, Thapthim Krop is absolutely one of the best sweet delights of Thailand. Must try if you have not. Either make or head to any Thai restaurants where I bet Thapthim Krop will be on their menu.  

For rubies
10 water chestnut  - cubed
A few drops of red colouring
1/2 cup tapioca flour

For sugar syrup
150g sugar (or as needed)
500ml water
3 pandan/screwpine leaves

For coconut milk
200ml thick coconut milk
A pinch of salt

For rubies
Soak turnip with enough water and red colouring for 20 minutes.
Strain and keep aside
Tip flour in a plastic bag.
Add in chestnut.
Shake well until chestnut pieces are well coated.
After that, sift/shake away excess flour.
Drop these pieces in boiling water and simmer for 3 minutes.
Drain and plunge in ice-cold water.
These are the rubies.
For sugar syrup
Simmer the three ingredients for a thick syrup.
Remove and keep aside.
For coconut milk
Stir milk and salt.
Keep aside.
To serve
Put some little red rubies in a bowl.
Add sugar syrup and coconut milk.
Serve as it is or with ice.


  1. re-writing all your posts, wow
    the desert looks yummy, dont know if i can get ingredients here in india
    Keep in touch

  2. Re-writing all my old posts and reposting all pics I am not proud of.. that is something that I want to start in 2015 (note.. I didn't say I want to complete in 2015.. baby steps)
    These turnip rubies are beautiful.. I haven't heard of these..

  3. Gorgeous looking sweet dish.. beautiful clicks:)

  4. I love the dishes with coconut milk, I will try it soon.

  5. Nice to know about a new Thai dessert......Looks wonderful ....feels to taste it.... :)

  6. looks so pretty! if I have this, I think I would probably take hundreds of photos of it before I eat haha. how weird am I

    Najlaa 'Aqilah

  7. Thanks for the recipe, Nava. Been wondering how to make this. Add with shaved ice should be very nice

  8. This desert looks yummmmm and wow lovely colors and superb presentation..Great going..

  9. I keep changing photos to my blog posts since I always feel I can do better, but never re write! Too lazy I think!! This dessert looks fabulous, I would love to have a taste!

  10. mouth watering!! all your recipes are so tempting :D

  11. Oh that looks so gorgeous!! Love the colours and the recipe worth trying!!
    I'll try it with mint leaves instead as pandan leaves are not available here

  12. Well I have been so stressed lately in the same boat as u kind of.. m talking it slow now.. between blogging personal life goes fr a toss.. This recipe is so yumm wud hv loved to eat it as m craving for sweets now :D

  13. Lovely colours , looks so tempting

  14. All the best for re-writing everything :D but I feel our writing skill gradually improves as we get more exposed to our blog writing, and surely it is our present mind which makes us write what we think, I love this dessert, I guess ive seen the similar dessert in ur blog or somewhere else, but it always catches my attention :)

  15. Hats off, Nava...Re-doing needs great effort with lots of determination. I appreciate you. Lovely rubies & all your clicks enhance its flavour. Really a tempting one ...

  16. The sight of this dessert is enough to melt my heart. It's absolutely stunning and going by the ingredients, delicious too!!
    Good luck with all the re-writing. That's major! But girl, you've got that perseverance! All the best!

  17. This will be really good for desert. Love it.

  18. Omg this is such a gorgeous dessert.. Looks super tempting dear. I have bookmarked the recipe.. Hope to try it soon..

  19. What a beautiful dessert, I love the rubies in it :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  20. Gosh, how did I miss this post? It's so beautifully done & it's certainly one of my fave desserts, dear! xoxo

  21. re-writing all your posts..wowww... the desert looks very yummy :)


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