Friday, January 15, 2010

Palm Sugar Glutinous Rice Cake/Kuih Wajik

I remember the first time I tried this kuih was at my Malay schoolmate house during Hari Raya. Kuih wajik has always been one of my favorite kuih since. Back in Malaysia I never learn to make this kuih as I can buy it easily from the hawker-stalls or from the Malay kuih seller. Living in the US however I don’t have the luxury of going out to buy some when my craving strikes. So whenever I want to eat kuih I have to make it myself. I found this recipe at Kuali.com and it turn out pretty close to the one I ate from back home.

Ingredients:
(Adapted from Kuali.com)

250g glutinous rice, soaked overnight
150g palm sugar (Gula Melaka), chopped into small pieces
50g soft brown sugar
100ml water
150ml thick coconut milk
½ tsp salt
2 screwpine/pandan leaves, knotted

1. Drain the glutinous rice and place in a shallow heat-proof dish. Mix in the salt. Steam rice over rapidly boiling water for 20 minutes or until just cooked. (Do not worry if the rice grains appear dry and tough; this is the way they should be.)
2. Put water, both sugars and screwpine leaves in a pan. Stir and cook over low heat until sugar dissolves. Simmer syrup for about 10 minutes. Strain the syrup.
3. Place syrup, coconut milk in a wok. Cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly until the mixture is thick and syrupy and the surface is full of bubbles.
4. Add the steamed rice. Stir constantly until mixture is thick and sticky. The wajik should be quite gooey. Turn mixture out onto a shallow tray lined with a banana leaf. Allow to cool and harden, then cut into serving-sized pieces.

22 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

That looks absolutely gorgeous!

Quinn said...

I love this too but never know it's called kuih wajik. Kuali.com has got some pretty awesome recipes I would say. Looks good. Did Carlos enjoy this? Haha!

Jeannie said...

hmmm...looks good. I love glutinous rice recipes.

reanaclaire said...

Very pandai la .. the way u make it looks so good ...

Dodol & Mochi said...

Great job on that!! The kuih looks very good! Yup, I do refer to Kuali.com for ideas & recipes ... It's such a gift for especially those Malaysians who are living abroad.

Pei-Lin

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Wow, what a treat! It looks so moist and rich. You're amazing!!

MaryMoh said...

Looks very delicious. I miss this too. Like you, I also don't have the privilege of going out to buy here in Scotland whenever my craving strikes :( I have to try this. Great that you tried.

Dawn said...

this sounds very interesting...never heard of this, but so glad I did now.

Anncoo said...

WOW! Looks soooo good :D I seldom make kuih at home because my hubby is not keen on Malay deserts. When I made kuih I will give it to my cousins and friends.

Little Corner of Mine said...

I love this!

Ho Ho Ho said...

I have not had this wajik (aka 'Pulut Kacau' in the North ie Kedah) for a long time...yumm...love the lemak manis taste

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

I like to eat this too, I must make this soon. Thanks for sharing.

Beachlover's Kitchen said...

your kuih wajik look really soft and the texture is really well done smooth too!! I remember my mom like to make this kuih for prayer..

MamaFaMi said...

Rajinnya Gert buat wajik. Mama ni, belum pernah lagi buat wajik sendiri.

pigpigscorner said...

The texture looks amazing! Miss kuih!

ICook4Fun said...

Angie, thank you.

Quinn, yes he likes it.

Jeannie, me too :)

Reanaclaire, not pandai lah. Still trying to learn :)

Pei-lin, yes I will refer to them if I ran out of ideas for our Asian food.

Ju, yes this kuih is really nice. Rich flavor of the gula melaka and coconut milk.

Mary, yea we have to make everything if we crave for something from home :(

Dawn, you should try making this.They are good :)

Anncoo, you don't have to make kuih since you can easily buy it :)

LCOM, :)

ICook4Fun said...

Ho Ho Ho, me too that is why I made this :)

Sonia, you are welcome.

Lesley, yea the Hokkien like making this for prayers.

Mama, you senang saja kalau nak makan kuih. Beli saja :)

Pigpig, thank you.

Cheah said...

I love anything to do with glutinous rice, but alas, need to watch my cholesterol level! Your kuih wajik looks fab!

Mum On The Run said...

The Peranakan have a similar white ones that I love but do not know how to make, wonder if I can adapt yours but omit the palm sugar and use white sugar instead....

Susan Si said...

do you think adding butter will make it more moist ?

ICook4Fun said...

Susan, to me this kuih is soft and moist enough. Why do you want to add butter to it?

Mum On The Run, yes you can just use regular sugar.

ns said...

Mine did not harden enough to cut into pieces. :( Should I have stirred it for a longer time?