Friday, June 15, 2012

Myanmar - Hidden Treasure (Monpetok)

Hidden Treasure 


-       2 1/2 cups glutinous rice flour
-       Small pinch salt
-       1 1/4 cups water
-       20, 5-inch square banana leaves OR foil squares.
-       1 small or 1 pound grated coconut
-       12 ounces palm sugar OR 8 ounces brown sugar
-       1 teaspoon oil


-       Mix flour with salt and water into stiff dough.
-       Knead with 3/4 cups plus 1 cup water, cover, and set aside.
-       Heat banana leaves to make pliable.
-       Cut in 5-inch squares.
-       If foil is used, prepare in 5-inch squares.
-       Grate coconut. Heat sugar with 1 to 2 tablespoons water.
-       When melted, add coconut and stir over fire till water is well absorbed.
-       Coat palm and fingers with oil.
-       Take 2 teaspoons of dough and flatten on palm till 1/8 inch thin.
-       Spoon coconut mixture on center and wrap as much mixture as can be covered securely.
-       Take a banana leaf or foil square by 2 sides, holding it in a rough cone.
-       Place pellet into cone formed.
-       Fold down other sides of leaf, one side after the other, to form a flat top.
-       Lay pellets in steamer with flat side down to hold fold in place.
-       The shape should be a pyramid.
-       Steam about 20 minutes.
-       When glutinous rice is cooked through, unwrap and serve 3 to 4 small pyramids per person.

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