How to Make Steamed Pandan Cake (Kuih Kaswi)
What Is Kuih Kaswi?
Kuih kaswi pandan is one of the most famous desserts in Malaysia. This steamed dessert is made from all-purpose flour, tapioca flour, white sugar, alkaline water, coconut milk, and pandan juice. The pandan juice gives the cake its characteristic green color. Before serving, the cake is traditionally decorated with freshly grated coconut. It is delicious and perfect for teatime. There is another variation that uses palm sugar (gula melaka) that is equally delicious.
To make kuih kaswi, you need a few simple ingredients. Whenever I'm making a traditional Malay recipe, I always use authentic ingredients. For example, to make this particular treat you'll need freshly grated coconut and pandan leaves. If you don't have these ingredients you can easily find them at your nearest Asian store.
Let's see the full ingredients.
For the pandan juice:
- 10 to 15 pandan leaves, cut into thin strips
- 1 cup water for blending
For the cake:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup tapioca flour
- 1 1/4 cups granulated white sugar
- 1 1/2 cups fresh coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon alkaline water or lye water
- 4 cups water
For the topping:
- 1 cup freshly grated coconut
- 1 teaspoon salt
Note: The recipe makes 2 round steamed cakes.
- Make the pandan juice: Take the pandan leaf strips and place them in a blender. Pour in some water (enough to rise up about two-thirds of the way) and blend until fine. Use a strainer and press out the juice into a medium bowl. Set aside.
- In a blender, combine the all-purpose flour, tapioca flour, water, and sugar. Give a quick stir with a spatula. Blend until the ingredients are well combined.
- Add the coconut milk, pandan juice, and alkaline water or lye water to the mixture and blend for a few minutes to combine. Set aside.
- In a pan, bring water to a boil. (If you have a steamer you're welcome to use it.)
- Pour the batter into a greased round or square pan. Transfer the batter into the pan and cover with a lid. Steam for 40 minutes over medium-high heat.
- Transfer the cake onto a wire rack. Let it cool completely before slicing.
- In a bowl, mix the freshly grated coconut and salt. Steam the mixture for 5 minutes. Set aside.
- Slice the cake with a knife into a square shape. Roll them into the grated coconut and make sure they all covered.
- Transfer the cake to a serving plate.
- Serve immediately with coffee or tea.
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