Thursday, January 18, 2007

Hidden Treasure(Monpetok)


2 1/2 cups glutinous rice flour
Small pinch salt
1 1/4 cups water
20, 5-inch square banana leaves OR foil squares.
1 small or 1 pound grated coconut
12 ounces palm sugar OR 8 ounces brown sugar
1 teaspoon oil


Mix flour with salt and water into stiff dough. Knead we11, cover, and set aside.

Heat banana leaves to make pliable. Cut in 5-inch squares. If foil is used, prepare in 5-inch squares.

Grate coconut. Heat sugar with 1 to 2 tablespoons water. When melted, add coconut and stir over fire till water is well absorbed.

Coat palm and fingers with oil. Take 2 teaspoons of dough and flatten on palm till 1/8 inch thin.

Spoon coconut mixture on center and wrap as much mixture as can be covered securely.

Take a banana leaf or foil square by 2 sides, holding it in a rough cone. Place pellet into cone formed. Fold down other sides of leaf, one side after the other, to form a flat top.

Lay pellets in steamer with flat side down to hold fold in place. The shape should be a pyramid.
Steam about 20 minutes. When glutinous rice is cooked through, unwrap and serve 3 to 4 small pyramids per person.

1 3/4 cups plus 1 cup water

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