Looking at these beautiful pictures of Pulut Inti, a decadent Nyonya kuih, it suddenly dawned to me that I haven’t had pulut inti for the longest time.
Pulut inti was my late grandmother’s favorite Nyonya kuih. When I was growing up, there was this Benggali/Punjabi kuih hawker (he would carry his kuih container on top of his turban) who came by our house every morning.
Grandma always bought his pulut inti, wrapped nicely in a banana leaf parcel, with the filling (inti) exposed and unwrapped.
In the front yard of our house, grandma also grew a “bunga telang” plant—the key ingredient used to color the glutinous rice (sticky rice) to a natural blue.
The bunga telang were plucked off the vine of the plant and let dry under the scorching hot sun in Penang for a few days.
Please welcome Siew Loon as the contributor again as she shares her pulut inti recipe, a special Nyonya kuih that probably brings lots of bygone memories to many of us.
Contributor: Ho Siew Loon
Pulut Inti has always been my daughter’s favorite and I took the opportunity of the long weekend (Hari Raya holidays in Malaysia) to make some.
Cooking and wrapping the rice with banana leaves really remind me of my childhood days in Penang. Surprisingly, my 9-year old daughter picked up the wrapping skills very well and she wrapped most of it…
Pulut Inti is a popular sweet Nyonya Kuih. It is made of steamed glutinous rice with coconut milk and eaten with coconut filling. “Pulut” means glutinous rice and “Inti” means filling in Malay.
Blue pea flower or “Bunga Telang“ in Malay is being used to color the rice. It gives the rice a very sweet natural “blue” color.
Pulut Inti Recipe
Pulut Inti Recipe.
- 15 dried Blue Pea Flowers
- 1/4 cup hot water
- 300 grams glutinous rice
- 230 grams thick coconut milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 150 grams brown sugar/ palm sugar
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 pandan leave, knotted
- 1 grated coconut, white part only
- 80 ml water
- 1 tablespoon cornflour, mix with 1 tablespoon water
1Soak blue pea flower in hot water for 15 minutes till water turn blue. Sieve the water out.
2Soak the glutinous rice in blue pea flower overnight or about 6 hours.
3Steam glutinous rice in steamer for about 25 minutes or till rice is soft.
4Mix coconut milk and salt. Add into steamed glutinous rice and continue to steam for another 10 minutes.
5Remove and leave to cool.
6Serve with coconut filling.
1Break the brown sugar/palm sugar into small pieces. Combine with the sugar, pandan leave and water. Cover over a medium flame until sugar dissolves.
2Add in grated coconut and stir till fragrant.
3Add conflour mixture and stir for 2 minutes. Leave to cool.