Saturday, February 13, 2016

Pulut Inti (Glutinous Rice With Sweet Coconut)

Over the many years I have been in this world, specifically for the last 51 years, I have learned that I can learn to live with what I have. Experiences I suppose speaks louder than words or louder to survival, even when it comes to cooking, I have learned to make do with what I have. I sincerely wish banana trees are easy to come by, not in my area though, even banana leaves are pretty much like a rare sight at the supermarkets I frequent. Banana leaf is definitely an essential when we want to get our hands to making our local kuih-muih/sweet delicacies (Bingka Pisang, Bubur Chacha, Honeydew Sago Dessert, Coconut Mango Jelly, Pandan Poached Pear & White Fungus), but sadly, even if I am willing to pay, as I have already said, I really can't like automatically get them at the supermarkets. So, common sense actually prevailed when I wanted to make this Pulut Inti, another mouthwatering always a favourite I believe amongst most of us Malaysians (Chrysanthemum Wolfberry Jelly, Kuih Kosui, Kuih Sago Kukus, Pumpkin Sago Dessert, Coconut Red Bean Ice Cream & Rose Sago Gula Melaka). No banana leaves, so what? Dessert must go on when you have decided. My Pyrex and my thinking actually showed me the way to making Pulut Inti. Steamed Glutinous Rice, eaten alongside sweet coconut. Take it from here please. I have nothing further to say (Ondeh Ondeh & Wajik/Sweet Glutinous Rice). 

1 1/2 cups white glutinous/pulut rice - soak over night and drain off the water. 
1 cup coconut milk
A few pandan/screwpine leaves 
A pinch of salt

For the inti/sweet coconut
1 cup fresh grated coconut
Crushed palm sugar/gula Melaka - as per taste
White sugar - optional and up to you

To make
Blend coconut milk and coconut leaves.
Strain to remove the leaves and extract the coconut pandan mixture. 
Keep aside. 
Now, mix glutinous rice with salt and press the rice on a steaming tray.
Steam to 3/4 soften.
Carefully lift the tray from the steaming pot and then stir in the coconut pandan mixture.
Steam again (another 5 minutes or so, also depending on the size of the tray ) to totally cook the rice.
Meanwhile, for the inti, pan fry the ingredients till smooth and just a little crispy.
Once rice has been totally steamed, press the inti on top and then cut into squares. 
Or roll the pulut or shape as cone bit by bit and press a little of the inti atop. 
(Note: be careful of the heat as not to burn your hands).
So, here we have the simplest and easiest pulut inti.

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  1. I hv tasted in hawker center .. Thanks for the recipe Nava

  2. I agree with you Nava ...this is such an interesting recipe ..looks so yummy and flavourful

  3. I too believe, love is not a thing to show off in social media.Loved this simple and delicious dessert.

  4. You wrote down my exact feelings about valentines day. It's day about love but now a days it's anything but that.
    Love this recipe. I am not really a sweet person, but sweet rice recipes always fare good with me. Yummm...Happy valentines days :)

  5. Sounds like an interesting dessert...

  6. I like most of the dishes with coconut in it and this one sounds very delicious to me!!

  7. great recipe. Thanks for sharing

  8. Great recipe, I love eating coconut...

  9. Awesome recipe. Looks delicious. Yum Yum :)

  10. I agree with u i am also a private person when it comes to days like these.. sharing is ok overdoing it is a big NOO...
    Coconut and rice is amazing together..this is so delicious & mouth watering indeed!!!

  11. Love the recipe!
    Will try this soon!

  12. He hee social media controls how much one loves his off like u say:)
    Thats a yummy looking sweet.

  13. I like to eat this. But always lazy to make. Yummy

  14. i love your presentation of food :) I do not like coconut in my food except coconut chutney but I'll give it a try once for sure :)

  15. Nice! I don't think I've tried these....... Looks yummy! xoxo

  16. Interesting and new dessert.. Anything with coconut milk is my favourite..

  17. Interesting recipe. Looks so beautiful and flavorful!

  18. Totally a new and an interesting dish to me. Liked the presentation a lot.

  19. Valentine's Day is always so extravagant on social media! I never really celebrate it either, since it's my sister's birthday....This dessert looks amazing- I love glutinous rice and coconut so it's th eperfect combination for me!

  20. Nava this is a new dish for me. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Atleast i got yo know of such a dish. Pictures have demonstrated it perfectly

  21. Is good to be private and keep some things to yourself, now this dish looks so delicious I want a plate now.


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