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Kuih Kasturi (Traditional Malay Snack)


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.


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


  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.

© 2019 Liza


Chill Clinton on July 12, 2019:

Lemme get a bite!

Liza (author) from USA on June 28, 2019:

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

Liza (author) from USA on June 28, 2019:

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 from malang-indonesia on June 28, 2019:

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

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 27, 2019:

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.

Liza (author) from USA on June 27, 2019:

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 :)

Liz Westwood from UK on June 26, 2019:

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

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