Kuih Kasturi (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.
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
- Oil for frying
- In a medium bowl, soak the mung beans in water for at least 1 hour.
- Transfer the mung beans into a larger pot, add water until beans are covered, and let it boil over high heat.
- Once the water starts drying, add sugar, and flour. Turn the heat off.
- Use a spatula to incorporate them evenly.
- Transfer the mixture into a try. Let it cool.
- Use your hands to shape the mixture into logs.
- 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.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, turmeric powder, and water. Mix ingredients until forms a smooth batter.
- In a wok heat oil over medium heat.
- 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.
- Fry the second batch until it's all done.
- Enjoy with coffee or tea.
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