It is one thing for cooking, the other is whether you must have all the ingredients? What then? What happens when you can't get certain specific ingredients? You are going to ditched aside the idea of making the dish? Or my question is, are you still going to go ahead by making do? Making do basically meaning, are we going to go ahead with the dish. If you are asking me, I am quite a good cooking runner. I always make do. Take this pulut inti for an example. By right, you need banana leaves, then again? So what? What about re-looking at how can we still make without the leaves. I definitely did fine. My pyrex showed me the way and I hand-crafted Pulut Inti for the serving style. See, I already told you? Nothing is absolute and you can still be a food hero in your own way. What is Pulut Inti? Clue already given. Glutinous rice with sweet coconut which must placed alongside our kuih-muih or local delicacies (Chrysanthemum Goji Jelly, Kuih Kosui & Malaysian Sago Pudding). Our Kuih-muih (Bingka Pisang, Bubur Chacha & Honeydew Sago Dessert)? The treasures of Malaysia and will forever remain as our propelling sweet treat, sweet delight and our sweet moment (Wajik Pulut, Kuih Buah Melaka, Kuih Sagu Kukus & Pumpkin Sago Dessert).
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
Blend coconut milk and coconut leaves.
Strain to remove the leaves and extract the coconut pandan mixture.
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.