Kuih Kasturi (Traditional Malay Snack)

Updated on January 8, 2020
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I grew up in Malaysia, where I enjoyed cooking and eating local dishes every day.

Kuih kasturi is a traditional Malay snack
Kuih kasturi is a traditional Malay snack

What Is Kuih Kasturi?

Kuih kasturi is a traditional Malay snack consisting of a thin, crispy wrapper with a mung bean filling. This deep-fried snack is very filling and is usually served at teatime. Mung beans are commonly used in Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore for making traditional sweet or savory treats.

Core Ingredient: Mung Bean

In Malaysia, mung bean is known as kacang hijau. It is commonly used to make sweet mung bean porridge, which consists of palm sugar, daun pandan, and coconut milk. In order to prepare mung beans for cooking, they are usually washed and boiled until soft.

A few weeks ago, while spending the Eid festival holiday with my family, I had the opportunity to learn to make kuih kasturi from my mother.

Without further ado, let's see the full ingredients for making this snack.

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 1/2 kilo mung beans
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

For the wrapper:

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 8 tablespoons all-purpose flour (add one at a time if the batter is too runny)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Water

In addition:

  • Oil for frying

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, soak the mung beans in water for at least 1 hour.
  2. Transfer the mung beans into a larger pot, add water until beans are covered, and let it boil over high heat.
  3. Once the water starts drying, add sugar, and flour. Turn the heat off.
  4. Use a spatula to incorporate them evenly.
  5. Transfer the mixture into a try. Let it cool.
  6. Use your hands to shape the mixture into logs.
  7. Use a knife to cut the logs into thin layers. Continue cutting the logs until all it's done. Let them rest on the tray for a few minutes before frying.
  8. In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, turmeric powder, and water. Mix ingredients until forms a smooth batter.
  9. In a wok heat oil over medium heat.
  10. Soak kuih kasturi into the batter for a few seconds. Fry for about 3 minutes on each side or until it turns golden brown. Take the kuih kasturi out and place them on a paper towel to drain the excess oil.
  11. Fry the second batch until it's all done.
  12. Enjoy with coffee or tea.

Photo Tutorial

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In a medium bowl, soak the mung beans for 1 hour. Transfer the mung beans to a larger pot, add water. Let the water to boil. Let the water dry, and the mung beans are soft. Add flour and sugar. Use a spatula to incorporate them evenly. Use your hands to shape the mixture into a few logs. Use a knife to cut the logs into thin layer. Let the kuih kasturi rest a few minutes before frying. In a medium bowl, add some flour, salt, turmeric powder, and some water. Mix until it forms a smooth batter. In a wok, heat oil over medium heat. Fry kuih kasturi until both sides turn golden brown. Transfer fried kuih kasturi onto a plate. Enjoy with coffee or tea.
In a medium bowl, soak the mung beans for 1 hour.
In a medium bowl, soak the mung beans for 1 hour.
Transfer the mung beans to a larger pot, add water. Let the water to boil.
Transfer the mung beans to a larger pot, add water. Let the water to boil.
Let the water dry, and the mung beans are soft.
Let the water dry, and the mung beans are soft.
Add flour and sugar.
Add flour and sugar.
Use a spatula to incorporate them evenly.
Use a spatula to incorporate them evenly.
Use your hands to shape the mixture into a few logs.
Use your hands to shape the mixture into a few logs.
Use a knife to cut the logs into thin layer.
Use a knife to cut the logs into thin layer.
Let the kuih kasturi rest a few minutes before frying.
Let the kuih kasturi rest a few minutes before frying.
In a medium bowl, add some flour, salt, turmeric powder, and some water. Mix until it forms a smooth batter.
In a medium bowl, add some flour, salt, turmeric powder, and some water. Mix until it forms a smooth batter.
In a wok, heat oil over medium heat. Fry kuih kasturi until both sides turn golden brown.
In a wok, heat oil over medium heat. Fry kuih kasturi until both sides turn golden brown.
Transfer fried kuih kasturi onto a plate. Enjoy with coffee or tea.
Transfer fried kuih kasturi onto a plate. Enjoy with coffee or tea.

© 2019 Liza

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    • Chill Clinton profile image

      Chill Clinton 

      12 months ago

      Lemme get a bite!

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      12 months ago from USA

      You're most welcome! Thanks for your lovely comment :)

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      12 months ago from USA

      Hi Linda, after I moved to the US, one of the things I like to do is cooking Malaysian food for my in-laws and guess what? They said the same thing :) I love sharing and introducing Malay/Malaysian traditional food background to all readers. Thank you for your lovely comment!

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 

      12 months ago from malang-indonesia

      I love the recipe. It looks delicious. Thank you very much for sharing with us. Good job!

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      12 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love to see your recipes, which for me are often unusual as well as very interesting. I've never thought of mixing beans with sugar.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      12 months ago from USA

      Thank you, Liz. I like taking photos of the food I made so I can share for the cooking tutorial. Hopefully, it will help especially for the traditional recipes I made :)

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      Liz Westwood 

      12 months ago from UK

      Your photo tutorial is an excellent presentation device and is used to very good effect in this article.

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