I went for a paintball session with some of my friends yesterday morning and somehow the paintball pellets remind me of ondeh-ondeh. Naturally, I had a sudden craving for them. I’m starting to like making traditional Malay food and sweets. As much as they are very tiring and troublesome to make, I realised that if I don’t start archiving traditional Malay recipes, I might not have anywhere to refer to. Okay there’s probably a lot of Malay cookbooks out there but for some reason I’m not motivated to make them unless I have a huge craving for them. My mother has been bugging me to learn her recipes because she fears the day she turns senile (god forbid) I wouldn’t be able to cook any of her specialties.
“Jangan nanti bila aku dah nyanyok, kau tak tahu masak rendang, roti boyan ni semua. Habislah menangis aku dua puluh empat jam!”
She pretty much worries for her stomach and tastebuds rather than her health as she get older. Oh mother.
So this was a simple afternoon tea snack we had yesterday. Little green balls of goodness.
250g glutinous rice flour
200ml pandan juice (I extracted the juice from about 13 pandan leaves)
1 teaspoon salt
150g gula melaka
100g desiccated coconut
- Combine glutinous rice flour, salt and pandan juice together in a bowl
- Knead until dough comes together and is malleable. Add more water if necessary.
- Divide the dough into small balls.
- Cut gula melaka into small cubes.
- Roll the small balls and flatten them. Place gula melaka in the flattened dough and roll the dough back into balls.
- Repeat until you finish the dough.
- Boil salted water and drop the ondeh-ondeh into the pot. Cook for about 5-6 minutes before picking them out.
- Strain the balls before rolling them onto the desiccated coconuts.
Ramadhan is around the corner and I know how difficult it is to soothe your palette after a whole day of fasting. You want everything you see on your instagram feed and you buy every single fried delicacy you see at the Ramadhan bazaar. Truth is, you will end up weighing more after Ramadhan, thanks to the endless food choices available.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraaf verse 31:
O children of Adam! Attend to your embellishments at every time of prayer, and eat and drink and be not extravagant; surely He does not love the extravagant.
On another note, be conscious to eat healthy while fasting. We only get to eat during the night but that doesn’t mean stuffing ourselves silly with junk. Here is one of my favorite salad recipes that will refresh your mind the minute it is time to break fast.
Honey Apple Salad with Feta Cheese
250g mixed salad (choose the ones with a mix of greens and reds)
1 gala apple
250g feta cheese
200g cherry tomatoes on the vine
Juice of one lemon
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons honey
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Combine lemon juice, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper in a mason or jam jar.
2. Cover with lid and shake the jar till everything combines well. Set aside.
3. In a big bowl, pour all the contents of your salad mix.
4. Cut apple into half, then slice them thinly. Add into the big bowl of salads.
5. Pour the salad dressing into the bowl of greens and mix them well.
6. Cut feta cheese into cubes.
7. Plate the salad on a big plate or bowl, and serve as suggested.
With that, enjoy eating more greens and have a blessed Ramadhan ahead!