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How To Cook Ketupat (Malay Style Rice In Coconut Leaf Casings)

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.

Cooked Ketupats

My Hari Raya 2008 Lunch


mini-Hari Raya 2009 Beef & Chicken Rendang 003

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! 😀


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Ketupat & Beef Rendang

Empty Ketupat casings

Beef Rendang (Recipe HERE)

Good evening, dear friends, 😀

Hari Raya festival (or Id Mubarak as other countries know it ) is likely to fall on this Saturday, to be confirmed by the sighting of the new moon……..and everybody in Malaysia is celebrating this together with the Muslims. There will be many visits to Malay friends, sampling their Raya goodies such as Rendang (dried curry) and Ketupat.

Ketupat is compressed rice cooked in little cases made from young coconut leaves. Rice is filled up to at the opening at the top of the ketupat cases up to 2/3 full and boiled for 3 hours. It is very fragrant and is usually served with traditional Malay Beef Rendang (which has been cooked for hours), Serunding (Dried Spicy Meat Floss) and Kuah Kacang (Peanut Sauce like those served with Satay). The dishes can keep for a few days, and are typical fare for the Hari Raya festival. 😀

I have decided to make my own ketupat this year and tomorrow, I will go to the wet market to purchase the casings, which I think cost 30 sen each, if I’m not wrong….I will have to check them out at the Malays stalls. Then I am also going to cook Beef Rendang to go with the ketupat. I will also try to cook the Kuah Kacang (Peanut Sauce) just to make this feast more adventurous! Yummy..!! Hehe, I told my hubby about what I am going to cook for Hari Raya this weekend and he is grinning, away, salivating, too! 🙄 😆 He has even told me to buy 40 ketupat casings. 😆

(Note – please READ HERE for my homemade beef rendang)

Okay, I got to go now….it has been a very tiring day for me for I have been decluttering my kitchen and I am only halfway done with the kitchen. I will have to continue with it tomorrow morning.

Decluttering is a fantastic way to get the chi or energy moving – getting rid of old, stale energies, and welcoming in the fresh, new chi! But I will talk on this later… 😉

Good night and sweet dreams to all!

choesf 😀

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