Monday, May 30, 2011

Indonesian Chiken Sticky Rice aka 'lemper' - naked version

Okay now I know why my mum didn't let me eat this when I was a kid. Cause it can be sooo addictive. I think it's the coconut milk, or I think mum knew I just don't have self control.

This actually the first time I made sticky rice in my life, the fact that I don't have a proper steamer made the process of making it longer, but I think it's worth it :)

The original recipe used shallot and tamarind, but I don't have it at home so as always I did a tweak of the recipe by omitting it. But I'm sure it will taste nicer with the shallot and tamarind..

Sticky Rice Recipe:
250gr glutinous rice
250 ml coconut milk
2 bay leaves
1 tbs lemongrass
1/2 tsp salt

Sticky Rice Steps:
1. Soak glutinous rice for 2 hours - wash - dry - steam for 15 minutes - remove from heat.

2. Boil coconut milk with bay leave, lemongrass, salt and put the glutinous rice, stir until coconut milk dry - remove from heat.

3. Put the glutinous rice back to the steamer - steam until it's done (try to eat it if it's still tough then it's not ready, the sticky rice should be easily mould once it's ready)

3 candle nuts
1 tbs whole coriander
1 tsp cumin
1 tbs caster sugar
3 cloves garlic

Spices Steps:
1. Fry candlenuts, whole coriander and cumin without oil

2. Put all the spices into the food processor.

1 Chicken breast (boiled and pull apart with hand or finely chop with knife if you're lazy)
1 bay leave
4 kaffir lime leaves
200 ml coconut milk

Chicken Steps:
1. Stir fry the mix spices until fragrant, pour coconut milk, all the leaves and the chicken until the coconut milk mixed thru and dry.

2. Remove from heat.

The presentation:
1. Lay out your cling wrap, and use plastic gloves if you have it.
2. Or prepare to get messy since it's quite sticky.
3. Pour half or the glutinous rice, put chicken on top, seal it with the rice again. Doesn't matter if you feel like a rectangle or round shape.
4. Eat it.

The original 'lemper' used banana leaf as its wrapper, but again I don't have it so I called it 'naked lemper'. Save time to peel the wrapper anyway..hence *danger alert*
But if you have it then by all means, use it!!

This recipe that I found was supposed to make 12 'lemper', but I only ended up with only 10. And why only five in the photo you say? Well..I've already said it's addictive so you do the math.

It's surprisingy easy to make but it just takes time (especially with my so-called steamer) but definitely a great snack to bring/ make for a house party :)

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