Banana Sticky Rice Dessert

Steamed Banana And Coconut Rice Parcels

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A sweet and simple dessert recipe that is filling, cheap, and delicious. A popular dessert choice in Thailand, and once you have tasted it yourself, you will understand why. Although a little tricky to prepare, its well worth the effort.

Very basic ingredients are used in this recipe, so you should have no trouble sourcing everything. The only special equipment needed is a steamer. Ordinarily the dish would be steamed in banana leaves, however due to the difficulty of sourcing these in western countries, we have just used baking/parchment paper.

The last point to remember is ensure that you use a ripened banana or the flavour will be ruined!

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Step 1: Soak the 1 cup of glutinous rice in a bowl of cold water for about 2 hours, filling the bowl with just enough water to submerge all of the rice.

soaking the glutinous rice

Step 2: After 2 hours of soaking, drain the water from the rice, then begin heating a wok or frying pan on a high heat. Then add the 3/4 cup of water, 3/4 cup of sugar, and 1/2 cup of coconut milk to the pan, and stir and heat until the sugar has dissolved. This should only take about 3 to 5 minutes.

Step 3: Once the sugar has begun to dissolve, add the 1/3 teaspoon of salt

Step 4: Once the sugar has dissolved, add the glutinous rice to the pan, and stir constantly whilst cooking to prevent the rice sticking to the pan. When the mixture begins to boil, lower the heat.

adding the glutinous rice

Step 5: Once the rice mixture has begun to thicken (usually takes around 10 minutes of cooking to get like this) add the 1/4 cup of kidney beans. We are using canned, pre cooked kidney beans, if you are using raw kidney beans ensure that you boil them first. Continue stirring, ensuring that you don’t crush or squash the beans, and cook for about 5 more minutes.

adding the kidney beans

Step 6: The mixture should be very thick now. Turn the heat off, and begin preparing the parcels. peel 1 ripened banana and cut it into thirds, then cut each third lengthways so that you have 6 pieces of banana.

consistency of the coconut sticky riceslicing the banana

Step 7: Lay out a sheet of water proof baking paper, and place about 2 tablespoons of the rice mixture on the middle of the sheet of paper. The place 1 piece of banana on the rice mixture bed, and then top with another 2 tablespoons of sticky rice so that the banana is completely encased in the rice mixture.

wrapping the coconut rice and banana

Step 8: Roll the paper up into a parcel as cherry demonstrates in the video.

wrapping up the coconut rice and banana

Step 9: Repeat until all pieces of banana are parcelled up.

Step 10: Steam the parcels for 15 to 20 minutes, then carefully remove the baking paper and serve!

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Tastes best hot, so eat them quick! You can also store them in the fridge and reheat them in the microwave later on.

I really enjoyed this dessert and its one of my favourite ways to eat banana! What is your favourite dessert? Let us know in the comments below!

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