Good morning, dear friends
I remember when I was young, ketupat (rice cooked in coconut leaf casings) was usually served with satay at the satay stalls, but these days, we can hardly find ketupat anymore and only nasi impit (compressed rice) is served in place of ketupat here in Kuala Lumpur. I missed the taste of ketupat so much that last year, I decided to join in the Hari Raya festivities and cooked a traditional Hari Raya feast with all the trimmings like ketupat, kuah kacang and beef rendang.
However, last year’s ketupat didn’t turn out well because I had erroneously used fragrant rice (beras wangi) instead of normal rice and I ended up with very sticky ketupats. This year, I got the right type of rice but I think I filled up the ketupat casings with too much rice and next year, I should get it right…hopefully..
Empty ketupat casings – when selecting ketupats, choose those that are as green as possible without the brown edges
1) Wash empty ketupats casings and set aside to drain.
2) For 30 small ketupat casings, I used about 1-1/2 kilos of plain local rice (I used Kedah Beras Tempatan)
3) Wash rice and then set aside to dry. It is easier to fill up ketupats when rice is dry, or the rice will stick to your fingers.
4) Make the ketupat opening larger at the end where the longer leaves are and fill up to 45% full of the casings with rice.
5) Seal that opening by tightening the leaves with a pulling motion. Knot them twice.
6) At the opposite end of the ketupat casings where there are two short parts of the coconut leaves jutting out, tuck the loose ends into the ketupat to seal the hole.
7) Bring a large pot of water (add 3 tbsps of salt) with ketupats to a boil. Lower heat to small and simmer the filled ketupats for 5 hours, ensuring that they are covered with water at all times, i.e. refill water when the water level goes down. This makes the ketupat rice last longer and not go bad easily in a few days.
My Hari Raya 2008 Lunch
My Hari Raya 2009 Ketupat & Kuah Kacang
To serve, halve ketupat lengthwise and then cut into 9 sections to make rice cubes. Serve with Kuah Kacang, Beef Rendang and cucumber slices. Yummy!