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Thai Taro Balls in Coconut Cream (Bua Loi Phuak)

Taro Balls--with cherries--in Coconut Cream (Photo by <a href=grrrrl/flickr)" src="http://www.asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/taroballscocnut.jpg">
Food & Recipes

Makes 4-6 servings.

Ingredients

1 cup cooked taro, mashed
2 cups glutinous-rice flour
1 cup corn flour
4 cups coconut milk
1 cup palm sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
6-8 tablespoons water

Directions

Put the glutinous-rice flour and the corn flour in a bowl. Add a little water at a time and knead to a soft dough.

Thai Custard in Pumpkin (Sangkhaya Fakthong)

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Food & Recipes

Makes 4 servings.

Ingredients

small pumpkin
5 eggs
1/3 cup palm sugar
pinch of salt
1 cup coconut cream

Directions

Cut a slice off the stop of the pumpkin, remove the seeds and most of the soft pulp. In a mixing bowl, lightly whisk the eggs, add the sugar, salt and coconut cream and stir until well blended.

Pour the mixture into the pumpkin and cook in a steamer (for approximately 20 minutes) until the custard is set.

Recipe from Team Thailand, 2004

Thai Bananas in Coconut Milk (Kluai Buat Chi)

Thai Bananas in Coconut Milk (Photo by <a href=Thai Jasmine/flickr)" src="http://www.asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/thaibananascoconutmilk.jpg">
Food & Recipes

Makes 4 servings.

Ingredients

2-3 small, slightly green bananas
4 cups thin coconut milk
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

Slice the bananas lengthways, then in half.

Pour the coconut milk into a pan, add the sugar and salt. Bring to the boil, add the bananas, bring back to the boil for 2 minutes and then remove from the heat.

Serve hot or cold.

Sri Lankan Love Cake

Sri Lankan Love Cake (Photo by <a href=Chintana Wilamuna/flickr)" src="http://www.asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/140131_sri_lankan_love_cake.jpg">
Food & Recipes

A legacy from the Portuguese who once ruled the island of Ceylon as it was then called. There are as many recipes for Love Cake as there are cooks, and as many strong opinions on just how to achieve a soft texture in the centre while having a firm and chewy exterior. The secret is in slow baking and the correct size of cake tin.

Ingredients

Vattalappam (Spicy Coconut Custard)

Vattalappam (Photo by <a href=Sandy Austin/flickr)" src="http://www.asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/food_spicy_coconut_custard.jpg">
Food & Recipes

Serves 6.

Ingredients

250 g/8 oz dark palm sugar (jaggery)
6 eggs
250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup canned coconut milk
375 ml/12 fl oz can evaporated milk
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 tablespoons rose water or 1/4 teaspoon rose essence

Directions

Shrikhand

(Photo by yuichi.sakuraba/Flickr)
Food & Recipes

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

500 ml/1 pint/2 cups thick yogurt
3-4 tablespoons caster sugar
2 drops rose essence
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom or 4 drops cardamom extract
1/4 teaspoon saffron strands
1 tablespoon pistachio kernels

Directions

Sesame Seed and Palm Sugar Balls

(Photo by Sifu Renka/Flickr)
Food & Recipes

Ingredients

2 cups sesame seeds
500 g/1 lb palm sugar (jaggery)
generous pinch of salt

Directions

Semolina Pudding

Semolina Pudding (<a href=Umair Moshin/flickr)" src="http://www.asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/semolinapudding.jpg">
Food & Recipes

Serves 6.

Ingredients

185 g/6 oz/3/4 cup sugar
300 ml/10 fl oz water
60 ml/2 fl oz milk
1/4 teaspoon saffron strands
125 g/4 oz ghee
90 g/3 oz/1/2 cup medium semolina
2 tablespoons sultanas (golden raisins)
2 tablespoons slivered almonds
1 teaspoon ground cardamom

Directions

Sago Pudding (Gula Melaka)

Gula Melaka (Photo by <a href=sue_jan/flickr)" src="http://www.asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/gulamelaka.jpg">
Food & Recipes

This is the famous pudding which has changed many people's feelings about the dreaded sago.

Serves 6-8.

Ingredients

2.5 litres/5 pints/10 cups water
300 g/10 oz/2 cups sago
2 tablespoons fresh milk or coconut milk
pinch of salt

For serving
250 g/8 oz palm sugar (gula melaka)
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup water
2 strips pandan leaves
300 ml/10 fl oz/1 1/4 cups coconut milk
pinch salt

Directions

Gulab Jamun (Rose-Flavored Milk Balls in Syrup)

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Food & Recipes

Makes about 20.

Ingredients

8 tablespoons full-cream milk powder
3 tablespoons self-raising flour
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 tablespoon soft butter or ghee
approximately 3 tablespoons water
ghee or oil for frying

Syrup
2 cups white sugar
4 cups water
5 bruised cardamom pods
2 tablespoons rose water or few drops
rose essence

Directions