Here’s a sweet and super simple version of a regional favourite that’s sure to please, and a snap to make! Plus, who would have thought that we had a local dessert made from a famous health superfood?!
Bubur Pulut Hitam originated from Indonesia, and has been fondly adopted as a local dessert in Singapore and Malaysia. In old days, black rice was nicknamed “forbidden rice” because, as you probably guessed it, it was reserved for the blue-blooded. Fortunately, as our societies became modern and affluent, these dishes have become available for us to share and enjoy. Although mostly used to decorate dishes today, you can savour its health benefits in the form of this unassuming delicious little dessert – made easy!
In our recipe, we give the rice a right good soak overnight to activate the grains and increase the absorption rate of the nutrients. Then the rice kernels are gently heated up to draw out that beautiful nutty flavour that makes the dish so distinct. We stir in natural rock sugar, and add knots of pandan leaves for that subtle fragrance. The dried longan adds a fruity sweetness and a delightful vibrancy that does a great job of lifting this rich dessert.
Set a timer, sit back, and enjoy a cup of tea, read a good book or mug away at your work/exams while you leave it to do its magic, checking back periodically to give things a little stir. When ready, serve and crown with coconut cream, then relish your noble treat with a cat-in-the-creampot smile, knowing you made something real good without making a dint in your busy day. A real winner!
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